Digg Digg is a social share plugin for WordPress. When installed, the user can add the ability for their website visitors to share their content on social networks and social bookmarking sites. The plugin offers a few ways to display the social share buttons: normal, floating, and manual.
There is an option to allow displaying these buttons on the home page, a single post, a single page, archive pages, category pages, and even on tag pages.
The normal display option is where you can display social buttons either before or after the content and even style it to set to the left, and to the right. Some of the social network and social bookmarks have a normal or a compact button. The normal display option may be a bit annoying for some users as placing before the content or setting it to float left may move the post or page content over.
Example of the normal display option:
The floating display has been a feature that was used and made popular by Mashable. This allowed the social share buttons to float alongside the post and as the website visitor scrolled down, the buttons followed. To the right is the example for the floating display option for Digg Digg.
The manual display allows the site owner control over where and how they want to place their social share buttons on their site. For example, some of the buttons do not line up naturally, so with manual placement, the website owner can use the PHP code that Digg Digg provides and place CSS and HTML to put the social button exactly where they want it.
The social networks and social bookmark sites that Digg Digg covers are:
- Google Buzz
- Facebook Like
- Facebook Share
- Google +
- Yahoo! Buzz
I do want to note that you should watch out in case Digg Digg’s code interferes with your site’s layout. I have had it happen quite a few times running it with the default settings. However, the great thing is that you can manually insert the individual social network buttons if you wish.
This is a plugin that does get updated quite frequently. It is understandable because API with social networks can change. However because the plugin is updated so frequently, it might be best to hold off a week before upgrading. It has been known to not be complete in past upgrades, so be cautious (you should be cautious in upgrading any plugins.)
Personally I use Digg Digg at the top of my posts and then a separate social bookmarking toward the end of my post. I am not quite sold on the Mashable sliding social bookmark feature. Applying this feature without a plugin is actually quite easy, however not everyone is a developer, so this plugin makes it convenient.
While the plugin is open source, it does need updating and additional options for other popular social bookmark and social network sites.
Do you use Digg Digg?