Social Crowd retrieves the count/number of Friends/Followers from your favorite social networks and displays them throughout your blog
The Social Crowd Plugin grabs the latest counts of your Friends/Fans/Followers etc from your Favorite Social Networks and then displays them on your Blog. The counts that are reported come raw and without styling, so you can make them look and feel like your website. It is the perfect solution to encourage more users to join your network.
Important: This plugin REQUIRES the PHP Curl Module in order to function. Please make sure it is installed.
Feedburner Update Google has discontinued all feedburner API's thus making it impossible to acquire the stats that the Social Crowd plugin had made available previously, so feedburner support has been discontinued...
Google+/LinkedIn Update Changes on the Google+ and LinkedIn sites periodically break the ability for the plugin to grab the stats from those networks, so as of the 0.9 release support will be discontinued for now, until a better method for grabbing the stats can be established.
After setting up the options on the 'Social Crowd Options' page in the wordpress administrator (setting the Social Networks that you want to collect stats from), you can go to the Widgets manager and enable the 'Social Crowd' widget. This widget will automatically display the networks that you have selected on the options page, with some limited customizability, and you are good to go.
After configuring the options as indicated in the 'basic usage' above, you can enable the 'Social Crowd Advanced' widget in the widget administrator. This widget gives you the ability to specifically select the networks that you want to display in the widget area, and also allows you to customize the text that is displayed with the stats.
Additionally there is a shortcode that allows you to access the stats and output them throughout your posts and pages. The shortcode is used as follows:
where network is the social network that you want to display stats for ie: 'facebook', 'twitter', etc... or any of the available stats listed in the 'Available Stats' list below. If you do not include a 'type' of network in the shortcode it will return your facebook stat count by default.
Advanced (Designer/Developer) Usage
The Social Crowd Plugin provides function calls that you can use throughout your theme files to better promote your or your clients social networks. The function documentation is as follows.
The Social Crowd function you will call is:
You have two options:
Calling the function with a specific network:
Calling the function without a specific network:
The available stats are listed in the following order: Type of statistic ('keyword'), use the keyowrd in the Social Crowd function to retrieve the desired content.
I hope to expand this list to include your favorites ( just leave me some comments on the plugin homepage ).
A big thanks to DeviantArt's jwloh for creating the Social.me and Aquaticus Icon Sets that is used in the plugin's Administrator and Widgets, You can check out his work.