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Create a Digg-style post sharing tool with jQuery

Written by Kevin Liew on 29 Jun 2009
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Introduction

I was surfing website and searching for inspirations and I stumbled upon digg.com. I discovered a small utility on every single post, the share link. Yes, I want to implement that, it looks cool, practical and useful! So, this tute, we are going to make a digg-style post sharing toolbox. It's all pretty straight forward and need a little bit of planning. The way it works is different with digg's. If you view the html source code of Digg's, it has the sharebox html code in every single post. But, in this tutorial we have only one sharebox, and all the links are sharing the same template.

Digg share link

In digg, it has mail, facebook and twitter, and we are going to fit in 2 more. I have also gathered the social bookmark icons and their links so that you can customize it and add the one you like.

Social Media Icons and Url

Before we start, let me introduce your this sweet social media icons from Komodomedia.com You can download it and choose the one you want to put in the share it box.

Structure for jQuery share it toolbox

And also, here is the list of social media url list I gathered online. It's not complete, but I think you'll able to find the one you need. Otherwise, you can also go to addthis.com to check the social bookmark url.

BarraPunto
http://barrapunto.com/submit.pl?subj=TITLE&story=PERMALINK

Bitacoras.com
http://bitacoras.com/anotaciones/PERMALINK

BlinkList
http://www.blinklist.com/index.php?Action=Blink/addblink.php&Url=PERMALINK&Title=TITLE

BlogMemes Fr
http://www.blogmemes.fr/post.php?url=PERMALINK&title=TITLE

BlogMemes Sp
http://www.blogmemes.com/post.php?url=PERMALINK&title=TITLE

blogmarks
http://blogmarks.net/my/new.php?mini=1&simple=1&url=PERMALINK&title=TITLE

Blogosphere News
http://www.blogospherenews.com/submit.php?url=PERMALINK&title=TITLE

blogtercimlap
http://cimlap.blogter.hu/index.php?action=suggest_link&title=TITLE&url=PERMALINK

Faves
http://faves.com/Authoring.aspx?u=PERMALINK&title=TITLE

co.mments
http://co.mments.com/track?url=PERMALINK&title=TITLE

connotea
http://www.connotea.org/addpopup?continue=confirm&uri=PERMALINK&title=TITLE&description=EXCERPT

Current
http://current.com/clipper.htm?url=PERMALINK&title=TITLE

del.icio.us
http://delicious.com/post?url=PERMALINK&title=TITLE&notes=EXCERPT

Design Float
http://www.designfloat.com/submit.php?url=PERMALINK&title=TITLE

Digg
http://digg.com/submit?phase=2&url=PERMALINK&title=TITLE&bodytext=EXCERPT

Diigo
http://www.diigo.com/post?url=PERMALINK&title=TITLE

DotNetKicks
http://www.dotnetkicks.com/kick/?url=PERMALINK&title=TITLE

DZone
http://www.dzone.com/links/add.html?url=PERMALINK&title=TITLE

eKudos
http://www.ekudos.nl/artikel/nieuw?url=PERMALINK&title=TITLE&desc=EXCERPT

email
mailto:?subject=TITLE&body=PERMALINK

Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=PERMALINK&t=TITLE

Fark
http://cgi.fark.com/cgi/fark/farkit.pl?h=TITLE&u=PERMALINK

Fleck
http://beta3.fleck.com/bookmarklet.php?url=PERMALINK&title=TITLE

FriendFeed
http://www.friendfeed.com/share?title=TITLE&link=PERMALINK

FSDaily
http://www.fsdaily.com/submit?url=PERMALINK&title=TITLE

Global Grind
http://globalgrind.com/submission/submit.aspx?url=PERMALINK&type=Article&title=TITLE

Google
http://www.google.com/bookmarks/mark?op=edit&bkmk=PERMALINK&title=TITLE&annotation=EXCERPT

Gwar
http://www.gwar.pl/DodajGwar.html?u=PERMALINK

HackerNews
http://news.ycombinator.com/submitlink?u=PERMALINK&t=TITLE

Haohao
http://www.haohaoreport.com/submit.php?url=PERMALINK&title=TITLE

HealthRanker
http://healthranker.com/submit.php?url=PERMALINK&title=TITLE

HelloTxt
http://hellotxt.com/?status=TITLE+PERMALINK

Hemidemi
http://www.hemidemi.com/user_bookmark/new?title=TITLE&url=PERMALINK

Identi.ca
http://identi.ca/notice/new?status_textarea=PERMALINK

IndianPad
http://www.indianpad.com/submit.php?url=PERMALINK

Internetmedia
http://internetmedia.hu/submit.php?url=PERMALINK

Kirtsy
http://www.kirtsy.com/submit.php?url=PERMALINK&title=TITLE

laaik.it
http://laaik.it/NewStoryCompact.aspx?uri=PERMALINK&headline=TITLE&cat=5e082fcc-8a3b-47e2-acec-fdf64ff19d12

LinkArena
http://linkarena.com/bookmarks/addlink/?url=PERMALINK&title=TITLE

LinkaGoGo
http://www.linkagogo.com/go/AddNoPopup?url=PERMALINK&title=TITLE

LinkedIn
http://www.linkedin.com/shareArticle?mini=true&url=PERMALINK&title=TITLE&source=BLOGNAME&summary=EXCERPT

Linkter
http://www.linkter.hu/index.php?action=suggest_link&url=PERMALINK&title=TITLE

Live
https://favorites.live.com/quickadd.aspx?marklet=1&url=PERMALINK&title=TITLE

Meneame
http://meneame.net/submit.php?url=PERMALINK

MisterWong
http://www.mister-wong.com/addurl/?bm_url=PERMALINK&bm_description=TITLE&plugin=soc

MisterWong.DE
http://www.mister-wong.de/addurl/?bm_url=PERMALINK&bm_description=TITLE&plugin=soc

Mixx
http://www.mixx.com/submit?page_url=PERMALINK&title=TITLE

muti
http://www.muti.co.za/submit?url=PERMALINK&title=TITLE

MyShare
http://myshare.url.com.tw/index.php?func=newurl&url=PERMALINK&desc=TITLE

MySpace
http://www.myspace.com/Modules/PostTo/Pages/?u=PERMALINK&t=TITLE

MSNReporter
http://reporter.msn.nl/?fn=contribute&Title=TITLE&URL=PERMALINK&cat_id=6&tag_id=31&Remark=EXCERPT

N4G
http://www.n4g.com/tips.aspx?url=PERMALINK&title=TITLE

Netvibes
http://www.netvibes.com/share?title=TITLE&url=PERMALINK

NewsVine
http://www.newsvine.com/_tools/seed&save?u=PERMALINK&h=TITLE

Netvouz
http://www.netvouz.com/action/submitBookmark?url=PERMALINK&title=TITLE&popup=no

NuJIJ
http://nujij.nl/jij.lynkx?t=TITLE&u=PERMALINK&b=EXCERPT

Ping.fm
http://ping.fm/ref/?link=PERMALINK&title=TITLE&body=EXCERPT

ppnow
http://www.ppnow.net/submit.php?url=PERMALINK

PDF
http://www.printfriendly.com/getpf?url=PERMALINK&partner=sociable

Print
http://www.printfriendly.com/print?url=PERMALINK&partner=sociable

Propeller
http://www.propeller.com/submit/?url=PERMALINK

Ratimarks
http://ratimarks.org/bookmarks.php/?action=add&address=PERMALINK&title=TITLE

Rec6
http://rec6.via6.com/link.php?url=PERMALINK&=TITLE

Reddit
http://reddit.com/submit?url=PERMALINK&title=TITLE

RSS
FEEDLINK

Scoopeo
http://www.scoopeo.com/scoop/new?newurl=PERMALINK&title=TITLE

Segnalo
http://segnalo.alice.it/post.html.php?url=PERMALINK&title=TITLE

Simpy
http://www.simpy.com/simpy/LinkAdd.do?href=PERMALINK&title=TITLE

Slashdot
http://slashdot.org/bookmark.pl?title=TITLE&url=PERMALINK

Socialogs
http://socialogs.com/add_story.php?story_url=PERMALINK&story_title=TITLE

SphereIt
http://www.sphere.com/search?q=sphereit:PERMALINK&title=TITLE

Sphinn
http://sphinn.com/submit.php?url=PERMALINK&title=TITLE

StumbleUpon
http://www.stumbleupon.com/submit?url=PERMALINK&title=TITLE

Symbaloo
http://www.symbaloo.com/nl/add/url=PERMALINK&title=TITLE&icon=http%3A//static01.symbaloo.com/_img/favicon.png

Techmeme
http://twitter.com/home/?status=tip%20@Techmeme%20PERMALINK%20TITLE

Technorati
http://technorati.com/faves?add=PERMALINK

ThisNext
http://www.thisnext.com/pick/new/submit/sociable/?url=PERMALINK&name=TITLE

Tipd
http://tipd.com/submit.php?url=PERMALINK

Twitter
http://twitter.com/home?status=TITLE%20-%20PERMALINK

Upnews
http://www.upnews.it/submit?url=PERMALINK&title=TITLE

Webnews.de
http://www.webnews.de/einstellen?url=PERMALINK&title=TITLE

Webride
http://webride.org/discuss/split.php?uri=PERMALINK&title=TITLE

Wikio
http://www.wikio.com/vote?url=PERMALINK

Wikio FR
http://www.wikio.fr/vote?url=PERMALINK

Wikio IT
http://www.wikio.it/vote?url=PERMALINK

Wists
http://wists.com/s.php?c=&r=PERMALINK&title=TITLE

Wykop
http://www.wykop.pl/dodaj?url=PERMALINK

Xerpi
http://www.xerpi.com/block/add_link_from_extension?url=PERMALINK&title=TITLE

YahooBuzz
http://buzz.yahoo.com/submit/?submitUrl=PERMALINK&submitHeadline=TITLE&submitSummary=EXCERPT&submitCategory=science&submitAssetType=text

Yahoo! Bookmarks
http://bookmarks.yahoo.com/toolbar/savebm?u=PERMALINK&t=TITLE&opener=bm&ei=UTF-8&d=EXCERPT

Yigg
http://yigg.de/neu?exturl=PERMALINK&exttitle=TITLE

1. HTML

Structure for jQuery share it toolbox

Refer to the image above, let me explain the structure:

  • #shareit-box : the wrapper for the shareit content
  • #shareit-header : jQuery resizes the height based on the height of the link, so, on hover out, the sharebox will hide itself.
  • #shareit-body : Inside this div, we have 3 children called #shareit-blank, #shareit-url and #shareit-icon. #shareit-blank is an empty div (basically it's for layout). #shareit-url contains the text field and #shareit-icon contains all the social bookmarking icons.

For the links that we want it displays the toolbox, we need to put REL attribute and assign "shareit" as the value and inside the href attribute, we will need to put the url and separate by the | and following with the title of the post. So, it will look something like this:

<a href="http://www.queness.com/post/286/10-useful-jquery-plugins-for-web-development|10 useful jquery plugins for web development" rel="shareit"><a/>

<a href="http://www.queness.com/|Queness - jQuery resources" rel="shareit">Test</a>
<div id="shareit-box">

	<div id="shareit-header"></div>
	<div id="shareit-body">
		<div id="shareit-blank"></div>
		<div id="shareit-url"><input type="text" value="" name="shareit-field" id="shareit-field" class="field"/></div>
		<div id="shareit-icon">
		<ul>
			<li><a href="#" rel="shareit-mail" class="shareit-sm"><img src="images/sm_mail.gif" width="16" height="16" alt="Mail" title="Mail" /></a></li>
			<li><a href="#" rel="shareit-delicious" class="shareit-sm"><img src="images/sm_delicious.gif" width="16" height="16" alt="Delicious" title="Delicious" /></a></li>
			<li><a href="#" rel="shareit-designfloat" class="shareit-sm"><img src="images/sm_designfloat.gif" width="16" height="16" alt="Designfloat" title="Designfloat" /></a></li>
			<li><a href="#" rel="shareit-digg" class="shareit-sm"><img src="images/sm_digg.gif" width="16" height="16" alt="Digg" title="Digg" /></a></li>
			<li><a href="#" rel="shareit-stumbleupon" class="shareit-sm"><img src="images/sm_stumbleupon.gif" width="16" height="16" alt="StumbleUpon" title="StumbleUpon" /></a></li>
			<li><a href="#" rel="shareit-twitter" class="shareit-sm"><img src="images/sm_twitter.gif" width="16" height="16" alt="Twitter" title="Twitter" /></a></li>
		</ul>
		</div>
	</div>
</div>
<a href="http://www.queness.com/post/286/10-useful-jquery-plugins-for-web-development|10 useful jquery plugins for web development" rel="shareit"><a/>

<a href="http://www.queness.com/|Queness - jQuery resources" rel="shareit">Test</a>
<div id="shareit-box">

	<div id="shareit-header"></div>
	<div id="shareit-body">
		<div id="shareit-blank"></div>
		<div id="shareit-url"><input type="text" value="" name="shareit-field" id="shareit-field" class="field"/></div>
		<div id="shareit-icon">
		<ul>
			<li><a href="#" rel="shareit-mail" class="shareit-sm"><img src="images/sm_mail.gif" width="16" height="16" alt="Mail" title="Mail" /></a></li>
			<li><a href="#" rel="shareit-delicious" class="shareit-sm"><img src="images/sm_delicious.gif" width="16" height="16" alt="Delicious" title="Delicious" /></a></li>
			<li><a href="#" rel="shareit-designfloat" class="shareit-sm"><img src="images/sm_designfloat.gif" width="16" height="16" alt="Designfloat" title="Designfloat" /></a></li>
			<li><a href="#" rel="shareit-digg" class="shareit-sm"><img src="images/sm_digg.gif" width="16" height="16" alt="Digg" title="Digg" /></a></li>
			<li><a href="#" rel="shareit-stumbleupon" class="shareit-sm"><img src="images/sm_stumbleupon.gif" width="16" height="16" alt="StumbleUpon" title="StumbleUpon" /></a></li>
			<li><a href="#" rel="shareit-twitter" class="shareit-sm"><img src="images/sm_twitter.gif" width="16" height="16" alt="Twitter" title="Twitter" /></a></li>
		</ul>
		</div>
	</div>
</div>

And the following is the HTML code we will be using.

<a href="http://www.queness.com/post/286/10-useful-jquery-plugins-for-web-development|10 useful jquery plugins for web development" rel="shareit"><a/>

<a href="http://www.queness.com/|Queness - jQuery resources" rel="shareit">Test</a>
<div id="shareit-box">

	<div id="shareit-header"></div>
	<div id="shareit-body">
		<div id="shareit-blank"></div>
		<div id="shareit-url"><input type="text" value="" name="shareit-field" id="shareit-field" class="field"/></div>
		<div id="shareit-icon">
		<ul>
			<li><a href="#" rel="shareit-mail" class="shareit-sm"><img src="images/sm_mail.gif" width="16" height="16" alt="Mail" title="Mail" /></a></li>
			<li><a href="#" rel="shareit-delicious" class="shareit-sm"><img src="images/sm_delicious.gif" width="16" height="16" alt="Delicious" title="Delicious" /></a></li>
			<li><a href="#" rel="shareit-designfloat" class="shareit-sm"><img src="images/sm_designfloat.gif" width="16" height="16" alt="Designfloat" title="Designfloat" /></a></li>
			<li><a href="#" rel="shareit-digg" class="shareit-sm"><img src="images/sm_digg.gif" width="16" height="16" alt="Digg" title="Digg" /></a></li>
			<li><a href="#" rel="shareit-stumbleupon" class="shareit-sm"><img src="images/sm_stumbleupon.gif" width="16" height="16" alt="StumbleUpon" title="StumbleUpon" /></a></li>
			<li><a href="#" rel="shareit-twitter" class="shareit-sm"><img src="images/sm_twitter.gif" width="16" height="16" alt="Twitter" title="Twitter" /></a></li>
		</ul>
		</div>
	</div>
</div>
<a href="http://www.queness.com/post/286/10-useful-jquery-plugins-for-web-development|10 useful jquery plugins for web development" rel="shareit"><a/>

<a href="http://www.queness.com/|Queness - jQuery resources" rel="shareit">Test</a>
<div id="shareit-box">

	<div id="shareit-header"></div>
	<div id="shareit-body">
		<div id="shareit-blank"></div>
		<div id="shareit-url"><input type="text" value="" name="shareit-field" id="shareit-field" class="field"/></div>
		<div id="shareit-icon">
		<ul>
			<li><a href="#" rel="shareit-mail" class="shareit-sm"><img src="images/sm_mail.gif" width="16" height="16" alt="Mail" title="Mail" /></a></li>
			<li><a href="#" rel="shareit-delicious" class="shareit-sm"><img src="images/sm_delicious.gif" width="16" height="16" alt="Delicious" title="Delicious" /></a></li>
			<li><a href="#" rel="shareit-designfloat" class="shareit-sm"><img src="images/sm_designfloat.gif" width="16" height="16" alt="Designfloat" title="Designfloat" /></a></li>
			<li><a href="#" rel="shareit-digg" class="shareit-sm"><img src="images/sm_digg.gif" width="16" height="16" alt="Digg" title="Digg" /></a></li>
			<li><a href="#" rel="shareit-stumbleupon" class="shareit-sm"><img src="images/sm_stumbleupon.gif" width="16" height="16" alt="StumbleUpon" title="StumbleUpon" /></a></li>
			<li><a href="#" rel="shareit-twitter" class="shareit-sm"><img src="images/sm_twitter.gif" width="16" height="16" alt="Twitter" title="Twitter" /></a></li>
		</ul>
		</div>
	</div>
</div>

2. CSS

To allow jQuery set the top and left value for the shareit box, #shareit-box position must set to absolute.

#shareit-box {
	position:absolute;
	display:none;
}

	#shareit-header {
		width:138px;
	}


	#shareit-body {
		width:138px; height:100px;
		background:url(images/shareit.png);
	}

		#shareit-blank {
			height:20px;
		}

		#shareit-url {
			height:50px;
			text-align:center;
		}

			#shareit-url input.field{
				width:100px; height:26px;
				background: transparent url(images/field.gif) no-repeat;
				border:none; outline:none;
				padding:7px 5px 0 5px;
				margin:3px auto;font-size:11px;
			}

		#shareit-icon  {
			height:20px;
		}
		
			#shareit-icon ul {
				list-style:none;
				width:130px;
				margin:0; padding:0 0 0 8px;
			}

			#shareit-icon ul  li{
				float:left;
				padding:0 2px;
			}
			
			#shareit-icon ul  li img{
				border:none;
			}			

3. Javascript

As usual, I have put inline comments in every single javascript code. This time, we're using mouseenter and mouseleave events instead of mouseover and mouseout events. I was using mouseover and mouseout events before, but I discovered a problem, moving your mouse over children elements may fire mouseout event of their parent. It causes flickering.

There are two solutions, you can either use mouseenter/mouseleave events or use the hover() function to fix it. In this case, just stick to mouseenter and mouseleave. :)

	//grab all the anchor tag with rel set to shareit
	$('a[rel=shareit], #shareit-box').mouseenter(function() {		
		
		//get the height, top and calculate the left value for the sharebox
		var height = $(this).height();
		var top = $(this).offset().top;
		
		//get the left and find the center value
		var left = $(this).offset().left + ($(this).width() /2) - ($('#shareit-box').width() / 2);		
		
		//grab the href value and explode the bar symbol to grab the url and title
		//the content should be in this format url|title
		var value = $(this).attr('href').split('|');
		
		//assign the value to variables and encode it to url friendly
		var field = value[0];
		var url = encodeURIComponent(value[0]);
		var title = encodeURIComponent(value[1]);
		
		//assign the height for the header, so that the link is cover
		$('#shareit-header').height(height);
		
		//display the box
		$('#shareit-box').show();
		
		//set the position, the box should appear under the link and centered
		$('#shareit-box').css({'top':top, 'left':left});
		
		//assign the url to the textfield
		$('#shareit-field').val(field);
		
		//make the bookmark media open in new tab/window
		$('a.shareit-sm').attr('target','_blank');
		
		//Setup the bookmark media url and title
		$('a[rel=shareit-mail]').attr('href', 'http://mailto:?subject=' + title);
		$('a[rel=shareit-delicious]').attr('href', 'http://del.icio.us/post?v=4&noui&jump=close&url=' + url + '&title=' + title);
		$('a[rel=shareit-designfloat]').attr('href', 'http://www.designfloat.com/submit.php?url='  + url + '&title=' + title);
		$('a[rel=shareit-digg]').attr('href', 'http://digg.com/submit?phase=2&url=' + url + '&title=' + title);
		$('a[rel=shareit-stumbleupon]').attr('href', 'http://www.stumbleupon.com/submit?url=' + url + '&title=' + title);
		$('a[rel=shareit-twitter]').attr('href', 'http://twitter.com/home?status=' + title + '%20-%20' + title);
		
	});

	//onmouse out hide the shareit box
	$('#shareit-box').mouseleave(function () {
		$('#shareit-field').val('');
		$(this).hide();
	});
	
	//hightlight the textfield on click event
	$('#shareit-field').click(function () {
		$(this).select();
	});
});

Conclusion

That's it. Make sure you check out the demo and download the source code and play with it. If you have created your own, feel free to drop your link in the comment section to show off! : )

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54 comments
Mark 5 years ago
nice tuts.. however your example is only south effect.. do you have a north effect tooltip? lm looking forward..
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jaffa 4 years ago
Great blog.
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Maureen 4 years ago
This effect is exactly what I need for a work project, but I'm having some positioning issues. I'm using a different graphic and only need the email icon. But the box does not appear anywhere near the Share button on my page.

http://www.maureendunlap.com/sandbox/altus/feature.html

I tried setting margins to the #shareit-box but resizing the browser throws it way off.

What am I doing wrong?
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Stuart 4 years ago
Hi, I love this- Well done man!! I do have a question though.... is it possible to put more than one on a page, each with different links/ text etc? I tried but it all went a bit strange on me!!!
Any help would really be appreciated
Thanks
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Kevin Liew Admin 4 years ago
It should work, that's the whole purpose of it.
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Magson Fernandes 4 years ago
Thanks for sharing this code . I have added it to my website at http://www.comingsoonlive.com

i love the code.
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Siddharth 3 years ago
This is not working on multiple rows...
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Kundan 3 years ago
Nice blog. thanks for sharing valuable information.
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Mary 3 years ago
Thanks for the tutorial!
is it possible to change positioning of the shareit content from below the link to the right?
Just can' wrap my mind around it.
Thanks in advance!
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