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If you run a Web site that offers social media content as well, you know how critical it is to display subscriber counts to encourage new sign-ups as well as return visits to your site. You also probably know how absurdly messy your pages get to looking once you start adding all of the individual chicklets for every service to your sidebar, footer, and so on.

That’s where this plugin comes in! Rather than having to display a separate counter for your Feedburner subscribers, Twitter followers, and Facebook fans, you can show one count that totals all three! This frees up valuable screen real estate, and since it returns a text value, it’s easily style-able to meld seamlessly with your template.

If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to leave a comment below. We’ll do our best to respond to any issues, and we’d absolutely love to hear any ideas you have for improvements or additional features!

If you use and appreciate this plugin, we’d be grateful for a donation to support the further development and maintenance of Total Social Followers! You can use the button at the top of the page or below.

The included readme.txt file:

=== Total Social Followers ===
Contributors: element80
Donate link: http://element-80.com/portfolio/plugins/total-social-followers/
Tags: feedburner, twitter, facebook, social, count, subscribers, followers, total
Requires at least: 2.0.2
Tested up to: 3.0
Stable tag: 1.0

Displays a total count of all Facebook, Feedburner, and Twitter followers in text format.

== Description ==

It is best practice to display counts of current subscribers to your various social and distribution media, and while
all of the popular services offer proprietary counters, having a small army of buttons and counters on your site
looks unprofessional, cluttered, and detracts from your design.

This plugin solves that problem by drawing from Feedburner, Twitter, and Facebook to calculate a single total count
of all your subscribers across those services.  Of course, if you don't use all of them, you can simply call just the
subscribers of the service(s) you do use without breaking the result.  Whatever the total count, the output is a text
format number that you can include anywhere on your site with a shortcode.

== Installation ==

1. Upload the `/total-social-followers/` directory to the `/wp-content/plugins/` directory
1. Activate the plugin through the 'Plugins' menu in WordPress
1. Use the following shortcode wherever you would like to display the count:

     [total-social-followers facebook="your Facebook username/ID" feedburner="your Feedburner name" twitter="your Twitter username"]

   For example, if your Facebook page URL was http://www.facebook.com/MyWebSite, your Feedburner URL was
   http://feeds.feedburner.com/MyWebSiteFeed, and your Twitter URL was http://www.twitter.com/MyTwitter, your
   shortcode would look like this:

     [total-social-followers facebook="MyWebSite" feedburner="MyWebSiteFeed" twitter="MyTwitter"]

1. You can also include the count in your template files with the following PHP snippet containing the shortcode:

     `<?php echo do_shortcode('[total-social-followers facebook="[...]" feedburner="[...]" twitter="[..]"]'); ?>`

== Frequently Asked Questions ==

Please submit any questions you may have to wordpress@element-80.com

== Changelog ==

= 1.0 =
First stable version.

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  1. If you added youtube subscribers to the count this would be perfect for tallying total social following.

    • Melody

      That is an absolutely excellent suggestion! I’m going to look into that for the next release, thank you!

  2. I’ll second the youtube request. That would be amazing!

    It’s a great plugin though, very handy.

    I have a question though I hope you can answer.

    I have enabled shortcode in my sidebar so I can add this to my widget. But when I post the shortcode in the widget the tally appears before the widget, even before the header. So if I add and styling or anything to the box it misses the number of followers I have.

    Is there a way to make it appear after the widget heading?

    Thanks in advance.



  3. japanworm

    I’d really love to use this plugin, but it doesn’t seem to work for me.
    If I put it into my sidebar it just displays the shortcode as is.
    Any idea why?

  4. Thank you. It seems to be working. But it comes out as just the #, nothing else. This is fine, but I’d like to:

    1. Add some text right after the #. Like: # people are following… (or something like that). The problem is, the text renders on the next line, not on the same line as the #.

    2. I don’t know how to format/style the #. Let’s say I want to make the number bigger? Or right-justified? Or a larger font size. I tried to do this but was unsuccessful.

    Could you please help me with those two things? Thank you!

  5. Are you guys still keeping the app up to date? It doesn’t pull in Facebook fans. If it did, the plugin would be perfect. Any chance an update is coming (or maybe just help on how to tweak the code)?