I’d like to make my blog posts more share-friendly by adding buttons at the end of every post for the most popular bookmarking/sharing web sites like Twitter, Facebook, Digg and so on. There’s a wide range of social bookmark plugins available for WordPress. A plugin that immediately caught my eye is SexyBookmarks. It looks great and you can choose between several catch phrases like Sharing is caring or Sharing is sexy.
Added 12/5/2010: Please be aware that the sprite generation algorithm in SexyBookmarks has been optimized and the following statements about SexyBookmarks are no longer valid!
Responsible for the increase are the two .png graphics from the SexyBookmarks plugin. They add a whopping 220k of data to each page which makes my pages loading slower than 69% of all (not just on my site) pages seen by GoogleBot. This is not only bad from a SEO viewpoint. If SexyBookmarks is activated, all first-time visitors to my site will have 1 to 5 seconds added to the page load time, depending on their connection speed. Even though SexyBookmarks looks stunning, all that glitters is not gold.
I happen to like a plugin called Sociable. It has a very low resource footprint and doesn’t use any pop-ups.
What social bookmark plugin are you using on your WordPress site?
Update 1/17/2010: Josh from sexybookmarks.net just came up with a cool solution to reduce SexyBookmark’s image footprint a lot. You may want to have a look at his blog article “sexy got sluggish”. I’m pretty impressed by Josh’s fast reaction to my post and will be using SexyBookmarks as my favorite social bookmarking plugin again once v3 is out.