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Introducing Reactions – A New Way for People to Participate and Share

Our product team recently introduced a new plugin along with a number of features that should help developers continue to making their sites and mobile applications social. Here’s a quick rundown of the new additions (scroll to the bottom for the video version of this update):

New Reactions Plugin and Setup Wizard

The Gigya Reaction plugin allows users to “react” to content on a site and share this reaction to social networks. You can choose pre-designed buttons from within the wizard or create your own. The plugin supports counters which can optionally display the number of times the reaction was clicked. We also introduced a setup wizard to make it easier for developers to customize the UI and behavior of the plugin.

You can see the reactions in action on and in the screen shot below:

New Share Bar Plugin
Our new Share Plugin allows you to embed a simple bar on your site with different buttons for sharing content to social destinations. Once a user clicks on the general share button, a simple share modal will popup, enabling your user to share and bookmark content and site activities to selected social destinations like Facebook, Twitter, Email, Linkedin, etc.

The plugin was designed to give developers a ton of customization options. This provides you a great deal of flexibility if your site has specific UX requirements. Customizations can include:

  • horizontal or vertical layouts
  • aligning the counters on top
  • applying your own design to the share bar buttons
  • applying your own CSS to elements
  • etc

The plugin is dirt simple to implement. Just copy/paste this working code example into your local development environment. If you have a free Gigya API key, you can also check out the Share Bar Wizard.

Other Notable Updates…

  • Our Notification API added support for Yahoo, Myspace and Microsoft Messenger.
  • Our Comments Plugin now supports Akismet spam filtering. Click here to read about how to activate this feature.
  • Several community plugin reports were introduced including analytics for activity feeds, chat messages and posted comments.
  • We migrated to the new Linkedin API.
  • We also made some additional performance enhancements. For example, the login plugin now uses CSS sprites to load the social network icons/buttons. We also made some improvements “under the hood” for importing friends.

By Kevin White

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