Sunday, January 31, 2010

Get The Wibiya Toolbar For Your Blog

I first heard about the Wibiya toolbar from Rahsheen in his post on Black Web 2.0 called How to Wibiyafy Your Blog.

I remembered seeing these toolbars at the foot of some blogs before but I had no idea how easy it is to install.

I found out more about the Wibiya toolbar in a post from Joella Molson of Blog With Wings in her post titled Ready to Review the Wibiya Toolbar Did You Play With It? Here's some of what Joella had to say about Wibiya in her review:
I found the toolbar to be very versatile and highly configurable by the user. It stays pinned at the bottom of the page where it is mostly out of the way and can optionally be closed by your readers. Users can instantly access applications that encourage users to stay longer, gives them various ways to promote your blog, provide you feedback as well as options to connect to and interact with you and your other visitors.
I agree with both bloggers that you should at least give it a try and here's a video I recorded Using the Wibiya Toolbar - Ms. Ileane Speaks Episode #014

As you can see in the video, I installed the toolbar on my Blogger blog using a widget. If you have a self-hosted WordPress blog you can download the Wibiya plugin. If you don't want to install the plugin you can find an alternate set of instructions from Wibiya Community Powered Support on Get Satifaction

Joella points out one important option that will help with load times. From your Wibiya dashboard in your account be sure to go to Troubleshooting and check Activate Toolbar After Page Load.

Rahsheen's post covers using Wibiya Badges and you can follow the Wibiya Blog to stay up to date with new features and changes to the toolbar. I think it's a great addition to the blog. How about you, have you tried it or do you plan to try it in the future? I value your feedback.

UPDATE: Wibiya has introduced a great Buzz widget that you can add to your toolbar. This Buzz widget lets visitors see your latest Buzz, ReBuzz your Buzzes, follow you on Buzz and add the blog post they are viewing to Buzz!
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