Feature #1258

Add links to CAC Social Media Accounts in Footer

Added by Matt Gold almost 10 years ago. Updated over 9 years ago.

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I wrote the following ticket and then wondered whether this is taking us down a path we shouldn't pursue (ie., tying our nice, open-source system to rapacious proprietary social-networking platforms). I could go either way on this. Let me know what you think.


I think we should add links to the following social media accounts in the footer of the Commons, each linked to by an icon similar to what the City Tech OpenLab does in its footer (

Links should go to:

Facebook account:

Twitter account:!/cunycommons

G+ account:

Also, we should have a +1 button in the footer.


#1 Updated by Boone Gorges almost 10 years ago

Putting them in the sitewide footer means putting them on every page on the entire site. I don't love that idea - I'd rather have a single link ("follow us elsewhere") that goes to a page with these links. Or even just put these icons in the News sidebar.

+1 (and, related, Facebook Like) are sort of a separate issue. They are interactive pieces and are designed to be placed on each salient piece of content on the site. Thus, not so much the footer, but instead each blog post (forum post, profile, etc). They are also more evil, as their goal is to track every piece of logged-in user behavior.

#2 Updated by Matt Gold almost 10 years ago

Why don't we start by adding prominent links to the News page and go from there? That seems like the least intrusive way to go about this.

#3 Updated by Sarah Morgano almost 10 years ago

I like the idea of adding the links to the News sidebar and agree that embedding it on the footer may take away from our open-sourceness.

I'd also like to add Google+ to the list of subscription options on the News blog. It looks like the Subscription Options plugin doesn't include G+, but the "add-on pack" does: I'd also like to create a Flickr account for the Commons and this plug-in provides a link to Flickr as well.

#4 Updated by Boone Gorges over 9 years ago

  • Target version changed from 1.3 to Not tracked

Adding to the News page doesn't take any codebase changes, so I just did it on the live site. Check out the sidebar:

If you're happy with this, please mark resolved. If you want style tweaks (someone always does, sigh), please give very specific instructions on how you want it changed.

#5 Updated by Boone Gorges over 9 years ago

  • Status changed from Assigned to Reporter Feedback

#6 Updated by Matt Gold over 9 years ago

Looks great! Thanks, Boone. Sarah, is that the right G+ link?

#7 Updated by Sarah Morgano over 9 years ago

This is awesome! I decided to move G+ to a page, if you could please update the link to:

I will notify g+ users tonight


#8 Updated by Boone Gorges over 9 years ago

  • Status changed from Reporter Feedback to Resolved

Cool. I've made the G+ link change.

Marking resolved.

#9 Updated by Sarah Morgano over 9 years ago

Hi Boone,

Sorry to be a bother, but I was wondering if it made more sense to change the URL for Facebook so that it leads to our Wall instead of Info. If so, the URL should be:!/pages/The-CUNY-Academic-Commons/240252585721?sk=wall

If not, no worries.


#10 Updated by Boone Gorges over 9 years ago

No trouble at all, Sarah! I've made the change.

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