Social Bookmarking Tags for Windows Live Writer


I am not very good in keeping promises, but this time I will make an exception 🙂 I promised a while ago that I will create a WLW plugin for the Social Bookmarking Tool that would ease the process of creating social bookmarking tags automatically for the blog posts. So, finally… I release this version of Social Bookmarking Tags generator which will be a plugin in Windows Live Writer.


 


Once you install it, you will need to reopen your WLW, and you should be able to see the following icon in your WLW Insert section…


 


Click on it, and you should see the following…



The only two things you need to enter are URL and Title. Unfortunately, you won’t get it until you publish the blog post using File -> Publish to Weblog in WLW!


So, here are the steps which you need to take now…


1. Compose a blog in WLW, and click on File -> Publish to Weblog
2. Once you publish, you should be able to view your post automatically (ensure that File -> View Post after Publishing is checked). Go back to WLW and point the cursor to the end of the post.
3. Now copy the URL from your browser and click on the Insert Bookmarking Tags link in your WLW
4. Provide URL and Title in the dialog box which comes up and click on Done. You should now be able to see a bunch of icons as shown in the end of this post.
5. Publish again!!


Whenever any visitor likes your blog post, he will be able to click his favorite icon and bookmark your post without any hassles now!


Also, you can get a nice effect when you hover over the links if you modify the stylesheet in your blog site (a one time configuration). Please check this link and see the CSS and Javascript configuration section… http://blogs.msdn.com/rahulso/archive/2007/04/14/social-bookmarking-tool-1-1.aspx

Until next time Wave
Rahul







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Comments (35)

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  2. Jigar Mehta says:

    One feature request..

    After opening the dialog, it does not go with escape button. We explicitely have to press Exit button to close the dialog, please add escape key functionality.

  3. Alik Levin says:

    very cool!!

    I will give it a try for sure 🙂

    thanks

  4. imRahulSoni says:

    Hi Jigar,

    Thanks for your feedback!

    I have updated the setup file and you should be able to press escape to close the window.

    And thanks Alikl… to get the best effect out of this tool, you may also like to customize your CSS files as per http://blogs.msdn.com/rahulso/archive/2007/04/14/social-bookmarking-tool-1-1.aspx.

    Sorry about forgetting that crucial information in this blog post!

    Thanks and regards,

    Rahul

  5. Nice to see this feature added to Live Writer – especially since it also supports some many of tagging

  6. Nice to see this feature added to Live Writer – especially since it also supports some many of tagging

  7. surajsharma says:

    nice buddy keep it up

  8. Another Plug-in which I wrote for inserting social bookmarks automatically in WLW needs a re-install.

  9. anyone says:

    may I have this ability to customize my own social bookmarks? I can add some social bookmark service which not collected default.

  10. Mahendra says:

    Rahul,

    I must say you’ve done a great job with this. I’ve been using your plug-in since WLW came out, and am very happy.

    Keep up the good work!

  11. imRahulSoni says:

    Thank you everyone!! 🙂

  12. Chris Murphy says:

    I would really love to use this plugin, but it seems to me that there’s a little bit of logic missing here. If I hit the publish button, that typically means I’m done. My post is live and I shouldn’t be touching it again except in circumstances where I may need to do further editing. I don’t consider inserting the social links as one of this post-publishing exceptions, but rather a pre-publishing excercise like adding tags and categories.

    Are you able to allow users to insert the social links before they publish, rather than after the publish? Also, those fields in the dialog should probably be pre-populated if you’re applying it to a particular post (or whichever article window has focus at the time)

  13. Game Theory says:

    Frank Arrigo suggested this little plugin by Rahul Soni that allows you to add little social networking

  14. Frank Arrigo suggested this little plugin by Rahul Soni that allows you to add little social networking

  15. I wanted to use V2.0 but when I went to install it it said I needed .NET 1.1 installed which considering I already have 2.0 and 3.5 installed doesn’t really make sense.

    Anyway to have this requirement removed? or do I really need to install 1.1 to use this plugin?

  16. Windows Live Writer is a desktop application that makes it easy to publish content to your blog. I've

  17. El Bruno says:

    cool addin !!!

    Great work 😀

    Bye from Spain

  18. While I may not be as keen on social bookmarking as I should, I can easily see how this tool could help simplify the process of creating them. However, the tool generates far too many script errors once you’ve added the bookmarks to the post (which I agree with Chris Murphy in that it should be pre-publishing). Everytime my mouse passes over the inserted bookmarks tag it generates a script error.

  19. imRahulSoni says:

    Hi Duncan,

    Thanks for the feedback. I will try working on the part where you don’t need to publish twice. So far, I am not able to get a ready made API from Windows Live Writer which would tell me the URL before hand and hence we need to publish it to get the URL and paste it. I wish there was an easy way (although, it is not that complicated, I just am not getting enough time for that)

    Regarding the other issue, I have posted it here a while ago…

    http://blogs.msdn.com/rahulso/archive/2007/06/19/a-couple-of-issues-and-their-workaround-with-social-bookmarking-tool-plugin-for-wlw.aspx

    Thanks,

    Rahul

  20. I can appreciate making things easy for people. I found a great way to inject social bookmaking tags

  21. linuxamp says:

    Great add-on.  Would be nice if I could add my own social bookmark sites.  Specifically I’m interested in stumbleupon.

  22. imRahulSoni says:

    Hi Linuxamp,

    I would release an update as soon as I get an opportunity. Right now, I am hardly finding any time to work on this. But, I hope things will be better soon and I will post an update on a new blog post whenever this is ready.

    Thanks for your feedback,

    Rahul

  23. Val says:

    Have a look at http://www.entopica.com/, a new social bookmarking web site

    Entopica is an online system that allows you to easily access, categorize, share and store your bookmarks online.

    It is free to join and registration is both quick and easy.

    Discover a whole new world of social bookmarking. It is user friendly and easy to use.

  24. Matt says:

    Hi Rahul

    Excellent work on the plug-in

    2 questions please

    1. Your own page links seem to have an "email it" and a "bookmark it" component. Is this done through the plug-in and if so how? They aren’t in the default options and I would like to use them too

    2. I often get a Run-Time error message after inserting the links. Specifically it says:

    A Runtime error has occurred. Do you wish to Debug? Line: 0 Error: Object expected

    Any thoughts on the error. It doesn’t stop the functioning just annoying when it pops up sometimes a few times repeatedly

    Otherwise great work and I really appreciate it

  25. imRahulSoni says:

    Hello Matt,

    In fact, "Bookmark it" is something which was never there IIRC, and email it is something which started causing issues after a beta update of WLW. I was left with no other option than to remove it due to the way WLW works 🙁 Hopefully, the following link will explain what I mean.

    http://blogs.msdn.com/rahulso/archive/2007/06/19/a-couple-of-issues-and-their-workaround-with-social-bookmarking-tool-plugin-for-wlw.aspx

    Thanks for your support,

    Rahul

  26. Rob says:

    Hi Rahul,

    Thank you very much kind sir for creating this plug in for us. Works well my only feature requests would be:

    • Ability to add more providers (e.g. facebook and stumbleapon).

    • Ability to change the icons to higher-res better looking ones.

    • Of course, fix the scripting errors when in Writer 🙂

    Again thank you, This looks like one for the "keep" list! 🙂

  27. imRahulSoni says:

    Hi Rob,

    Thanks for your feedback.

    I will try to add the 1st and 2nd one whenever time permits. As per the 3rd one, there is nothing much I guess that can be done…

    http://blogs.msdn.com/rahulso/archive/2007/06/19/a-couple-of-issues-and-their-workaround-with-social-bookmarking-tool-plugin-for-wlw.aspx

    Thanks,

    Rahul

  28. Rob says:

    Hi Rahul,

    Great stuff, I may end up seeing if I can do something with the [excellent] Dynamic Template plug in created by the good Joe Cheng (http://www.joecheng.com/code/DynamicTemplate).

    As for #3, I’ve just looked at the source generated, why are the mOut and mOvr functions added? From what I can see they are not required. Why not just remove them/bust them out to a property at the UI level?

    Kind Regards,

    Rob

  29. imRahulSoni says:

    I wish I could do that Rob.

    I am using that javascript at my "blogsite" to get that hover effect. You might have noticed that when you browse something like http://blogs.msdn.com/rahulso/archive/2007/11/21/logparser-scenario-7-searching-specific-column-names-from-a-csv-file.aspx, you will see that effect (only in IE, I believe). The javascript is required and I mentioned it in one of the blog posts as well…

    http://blogs.msdn.com/rahulso/archive/2007/04/14/social-bookmarking-tool-1-1.aspx

    Thanks,

    Rahul

  30. Rob says:

    Hi Rahul,

    No problem, just thought maybe you could strip it out and bump it up to a property that can be defined, so if you need it, you got it, if not, you dont! 🙂

    My solution blogged here, I hope it is of help to others:

    http://robzyc.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!47CC559FF82C1069!525.entry

  31. imRahulSoni says:

    Thanks Rob. I will *rethink* tp see what could be done about those pesky script errors.

  32. Rob says:

    No problem, thank you! It’s a great plug in you have developed there!

    Just noticed the link was broken in my previous post, here is is again just to make sure:

    http://tinyurl.com/25q6vp

    That should do it! 🙂

  33. Dana says:

    Great tool – having trouble installing on some machines.  I keep getting an error message "Unable to locat ethe Bookmarkerlist.txt file in the Application Folder"  

    I have administrator perms and have tried reinstalling numerous times.  

    Any suggestions?  

  34. stephenvnoe says:

    It’s broken in WLW 2009. DO you have plans to fix? Looks like great tool, but does not post URL & Titlwe back after publishing.