Using Social Media Plug-ins
By Richard Bingham-Oracle on Jul 17, 2014
To get started, the following video shows examples of adding YouTube videos and playlists, Twitter name and hashtag feeds, a Facebook update stream, and a LinkedIn company profile.
In addition to this demo, here is a bullet list summary of the most popular social media plug-in like features you can use in your page customizations.
- Twitter provides a Widgets feature under your account Settings page. This has a number of tabs offering embed code generation, including user timelines and hashtag searches.
- YouTube provides embed code for videos and playlists under the online share button, along with a range of other API's such as adding a subscribe button.
- LinkedIn has some simple plug-in options for adding buttons and showing information, together with a full set of more advanced API features.
- Facebook offers a broad set of plug-ins including the Like Box designed specifically for Pages.
- Pinterest has a widget builder tool that allows you to add buttons, profiles, and full boards.
- Slideshare offers simple iFrame embedding of content under the online share button, and as with others it includes full REST client APIs.
- Google+ offers a multitude of plug-in features for recommending, sharing, and following.
Using the full suite of social media API's beyond plug-ins often requires pre-authentication and the processing of response documents and would therefore be most applicable to on-premise development, however even in SaaS instances you can include some dynamic results by passing in run-time application data. Examples include company name sent to an open search API's or a specific social media account name that has been captured (maybe in custom fields). In the simple example embedded below we use the city field from the address record to get a map from the Google Maps plug-ins.