When Google Buzz launched a few months ago, Google did not immediately follow up with a Tweetmeme-style Buzz share button. So developers created workaround code and plugins to create a Google Buzz button and share counter. The first of these appeared on the social media blog Mashable. The share counter on these buttons was inaccurate, because it counted the amount of clicks on a shared item via the Bit.ly API rather than how many times the page had been Buzzed, or shared.
Google has finally released an official Google Buzz share button, which displays a counter of how many times a page has been shared on Buzz. Here’s how to install it.
1. Navigate to the Google Buzz API site
There are two different buttons you can install on your website:
- Post to Buzz – this is the Google Buzz button, which helps people post your content on Google Buzz. The button can display a counter for how many times your content has been shared.
- Follow on Buzz – this is a button that encourages your site visitors to follow you on Google Buzz. This button allows people to follow you without leaving your website.
2. Select “Post to Buzz”
This is the button you want on each post on your site to encourage visitors to share your content.
3. Customize your Post to Buzz button
There are several customizations you can make, particularly to the style of the button (with or without counter, counter on the top or side, etc.). You can also select an image to post within each Buzz. If you do not have an image on your homepage that you would want to use, you could upload one to your FTP and choose that image to share.
4. Install the code on your website
Copy and paste the code in the text field and paste it wherever you want it to appear on your website or blog.
5. Install a WordPress plugin that uses the official Google Buzz API
If you have a WordPress blog and aren’t sure where to paste the Buzz code in the single.php page, you can install a plugin that will place the button for you. The WP-Google-buzz plugin is the best option. Not only can you customize where the button appears (on the right or left of your blog post), but you have several button styles to choose from to match the theme of your blog.