The awareness and use of social media has exploded over recent years but I often find that whilst users know how to use the social interfaces, such as Facebook, Twitter and Linked In, they often are unsure about how to add links to their social media accounts in emails or on their websites.
This is understandable as with various interfaces for web site updating and email generation the type of link or reference that should be used can be very confusing.
Thankfully I recently came across a web site that provides a service that will help with some of this for you in easy to follow steps. This website is Add This and the page that covers the social media links can be found at https://www.addthis.com/get/sharing
Here is how to use the site to capture your link on a step by step basis…
- Go to the web page linked above
In this example and step through we’ll generate a Facebook link for an email newsletter.
- Select the format that you want to generate a button for
You will now be prompted to add the URL that you want to share.
For this example we want our Facebook url. To get this open a new tab in your browser and go to your Facebook home page and copy your home url.
(for more information on identifying the url / link for Facebook, Twitter and Linked In see my earlier post at Add Social Media Links (Facebook, Twitter & Linked In) to Your Website the quick and easy way
- Enter the url (link) into the box presented
Now select the style of the button that you want to create
We’ll use the large square Facebook button for this exercise
Optionally you can use AddThis tools to review stats associated with this button (I generally don’t do this)
On the right in the large frame you now have a section that will have generated the code for you that you need for your email newsletter.
- Click grab it to copy the code that you now need to insert into you newsletter.
The method of how to insert this code varies by application so you need to know how to add the code into the email newsletter but at least the site helps you generate button code quickly for all of the major social media providers.
The process for generating website code for the buttons is identical but you are offered more formats. Note too that by clickinh ‘More Options’ you can generate buttons for other social media services.
I hope this helps and that it save you time when working with these buttons.