While I have had links on my site to my facebook and twitter sites, I just changed them out for the linked buttons. It occurred to me that I do not often read through the text of a series of links, unless I am looking for something. That meant that the links to my facebook and twitter page were pretty much hidden. As for the buttons, they say with a picture much more than I could say with words.
I was asked by about half the people I talked to at the Winter lights auction, if I had a facebook. Some were looking for a yes, some were looking for a no.
One of the folks who was clearly looking for a no, asked me why I bothered, because no one takes it seriously.
I know a lot of people who think of them as silly time wasters. They can be if you let them, but they can also be a valuable tool. It all depends on how you use them.
Making the links is not that difficult.
The twitter link can be found on the twitter site, They have a very clear and easy to follow policy on what is and is not acceptable for use when linking back to them. I am using the code for the button they provide. That code looks like:
<a href=”http://www.twitter.com/arteveryday”><img src=”http://twitter-badges.s3.amazonaws.com/t_logo-b.png”></a> It is very simply a link to my twitter page, linked to the twitter button. The only thing that would have to be changed for someone else, is where it says “arteveryday” would have to replaced with their “username”. Depending on your software you may have to choose paste special to get the button as at the top of the page, rather than the code that is right above this.
The facebook button is a little more complicated as I could not find one on face book that was the same basic size and shape as they twitter button so I made my own. This one also includes a size on it as the button is a bit bigger than the twitter button. While this one would work by changing out the “arteveryday” for your ” username”, it would be best if the button image you wanted to use was located on your site, and either a more generic facebook image, or one that is specific to your website or blog.
I hope this helps, Feel free to ask any questions and I will do my best to answer them.