After search engines, social media services are the second biggest source of traffic. Having the right plugins can give you an edge over other blogs and can also assist you in gaining the extra functionality you need for your WordPress-powered site.
Today, I have compiled 20 awesome free WordPress plugins for social media that automatically make it easy for blog visitors to easily interact with Facebook, Twitter, Buzz and virtually. With these top social media plugins, you can take your blog to new platforms and novel dimensions.
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1. Floating Social Media Icon
Floating Social Media Icon is an easy to use plugin which allows you to configure essential social media profile links, like Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Youtube and Linkedin.
2. Facebook Page Promoter Lightbox
All your visitors should know about your Facebook page and tell their friends. With this plugin you can display a reconfigured Facebook Page-Like Box inside a lightbox.
3. Genesis Social Profiles Menu
This plugin adds a style sheet for social profile icons for the WordPress custom menu – recommended for the use with Genesis Framework child themes.
Sharebar adds a dynamic and fully customizable vertical box to the left of a blog post that contains links/buttons to popular social networking sites.
5. Easy Social
A simple to use social media plugin with Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Linkedin & Stumbleupon post buttons and a widget.
6. Trackable Social Share Icons
The Trackable Social Share Icons plugin enables blog readers to easily share posts via social media networks, including Facebook and Twitter.
GetSocial adds an intelligent, lightweight, quick to setup floating social media sharing box on your blog posts.
8. Twitter Mentions as Comments
Twitter Mentions as Comments scours Twitter for people talking about your site & silently inserts their Tweets alongside your existing comments.
9. Facebook Tab Manager
The Facebook Tab Manager allows you to create landing pages and other types of content to be displayed within Facebook, particularly within the tabs.
10. Simple Social Icons
Simple Social Icons is an easy to use, customizable way to display icons that link visitors to your various social profiles.
11. Slick Social Share Buttons
Slick social share buttons adds facebook, twitter, google +1, linkedin, digg, delicious, reddit, stumbleupon, buffer and pinterest pin it social media.
12. Social Facebook All In One
Customizable jQuery accordion for WordPress which gathers Facebook social plugins together.
13. Social Media Tabs
Social media tabs allows you to add facebook, google +1, twitter, flickr, pinterest, YouTube subscription and RSS profiles and feeds to any widget ar.
14. Simple Facebook Plugin
Simple Facebook Plugin enables Facebook Page owners to attract and gain Likes from their own wordpress blogs.
15. WP Google+1
Adds Google +1 stuff to the blog. E.g. a overview of the number of shared articles.
WordTwit is a plugin that uses the Twitter API to automatically push a published post to your Twitter account as a tweet.
17. Social Media Mashup
Social Media Mashup provides a widget and template tag to display a combined social media & RSS stream.
18. Stumbleupon & Digg Thumbnail Maker
Stumbleupon & Digg Thumbnail Maker is a simple WordPress plugin that allows you to specifically select a thumbnail for a post when your post is submitted to some social media sites.
19. Social Media Counters
This plugin adds social media counters to your blog posts from many services including Twitter, Facebook and the brand new Google +1.
20. Social Media Page
The Social Media Page WordPress plugin will add a list of links to your social media profiles on a page or post of your choice through the use of a simple tag.
If you prefer to link directly to social websites rather than use a plugin, you will find the list below useful. It links to the button pages of the most popular social networks.