The Social Padre: Google+

As promised I am looking for new ways to reach potential users of Padre, the Perl IDE. Google introduced its new hype called Google Plus. I am not sure how will it work out but as finally I could register I thought I'll give it a try.

I added a +1 button to the web pages of Padre. It was very easy after I found the instructions. I set it so that the whole site has now one single counter. I am not sure if this is better or having a separate counter for each page would be better.

In any case, I was surprised to see that it already had +3 when I added the button. I wonder if this is a clever trick of Google or if the money trick in La grande s├ęduction has too much impact on me.

Blogs about Padre

There is also an about page on our website. There we list every blog entry where Padre was mentioned. I wanted to add a +1 button to each individual link. Here I chose the smallest icon possible but due to the large number of blog entries on that page the load time got too high. So for now I restricted the buttons for this years entries only. We might need to split up that page anyway. In the meantime let's see if people use these buttons at all.

My blog

As I already learned how to add these buttons I also added them to my blog and removed that "social icon" I had that did not do much anyway. In this case I made the counter individual for each post as I think this is better in case of a blog.

What do you think?

BTW If you need a Google+ invite, catch me in IRC or send me an e-mail and I'll try to send one to you.

Published on 2011-07-12 by Gabor Szabo