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I am an experienced online journalist and political editor working for Trinity Mirror papers in the West Midlands and the North East, based in the Parliamentary Press Gallery at Westminster.

I understand how government, Parliament and political parties work. I am equally at home digging out stories from data, social media or interviews as I am covering major set-piece events or explaining how things work to readers.

I produce content which is shareable and promote my work on social media.

My experience with content management systems and knowledge of HTML allows me to include charts, embedded content from third parties and formatting in my work, to create content which encourages interaction and keeps readers on the page.

Contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (but please send press releases to my work email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. as this is the email I monitor during working hours).

One of the great things about Joomla is the large number of free modules and plugins available for it (and some good commercial ones too). But sometimes the only way to get exactly what you want is to do it yourself.

So I'm a little proud of myself after creating my first simple module, although it draws on code from a number of different sources as I examined other people's modules to see how they worked.

It's called Social Bookmarks and you can see it to the top right of this article (under the heading share this post) if you are viewing the full article (if you can see the "read more" button below then you need to click on that to see the module - or click the headline).

The rest of this article is aimed at Joomla users coming here to download the module or check what it does:

Social Bookmarks

A simple social bookmarking module with buttons for ten popular bookmarking/sharing services. It also includes a Facebook Like button and a text link for more than 300 other services using AddThis.

Buttons include:

  • Delicious
  • Digg
  • Facebook (share link)
  • Google Buzz
  • Reddit
  • Stumbleupon
  • Windows Live
  • Twitter
  • Yahoo Buzz
  • LinkedIn

Features:

  • Can be set to show on article pages only. This allows you to set the module to show in a section or category blog view menu item without having it to appear to readers until they view an article page within the section or category concerned.
  • Text sent to Twitter can be appended, for example with your username or a hashtag.
  • Option to send a TinyURL instead of the full URL in tweets.
  • Facebook Like button currently uses "button count" layout only. Option for a standard layout may be added in future releases.
  • Option to change Facebook Like button text from "like" to "recommend".
  • Each button can be turned on or off in the back end.
  • Minimal styling. Designed to fit in with existing template style with minimal fuss. Style can be altered easily using enclosed CSS file.

Front end:

Social Bookmarks front end

Back end:

Social Bookmarks back end


Download:

mod_jwsocial.zip

Distributed under the GPLv3 Licence, except for the icons used in the package which are used in accordance with the Yootheme Free Licence. Icons by YOOtheme, http://icons.yootheme.com.

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About me

Jonathan Walker Political Editor of the Birmingham Post, Birmingham Mail, Sunday Mercury, Coventry Telegraph, Newcastle Journal, Newcastle Chronicle and Sunday Sun.

Contact me:

Email jonathan@walkerjon.com (but please send press releases to my work email which is
jon.walker@trinitymirror.com, as this is the email I monitor during working hours).

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