The trick with social media is learning how to advertise yourself in order to advertise your company and products. If no one knows you’re blogging, tweeting, and digging, what’s the point?
An easy way to promote your social media presence is to add a widget to your site. BloggyBits is a free, Flash-based widget that streams your Twitter, Digg, Stumbleupon, Flickr, and Delicious activities. Of course, you don’t have to use all those services, but it’s nice to have some variety. You can also add a custom feed, which comes in handy if you maintain a company blog in addition to your main site.
Plus, a BloggyBits widget is dead simple to create. Check the social services you want to feature. Plug in your username (or the RSS feed) and arrange the services in the order you want them to appear. Push a button, and your widget is instantly generated with a preview window and embed code. That’s it.
The widget, itself, is nothing fancy, but it is clean and simple to navigate. A user can toggle your social profiles by clicking on a service icon. Arrows at the bottom of the widget let them page back and forth for older content.
BloggyBits makes a nice addition to any site or blog sidebar. It’s an easy way to tie-in your company or brand’s social media activities without adding the ubiquitous “follow me” icons.