Digg-Style Dynamic Share Widget Using MooTools

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Digg Share Widget

I've always seen Digg as a very progressive website. Digg uses experimental, ajaxified methods for comments and mission-critical functions. One nice touch Digg has added to their website is their hover share widget. Here's how to implement that functionality on your site using MooTools.

The XHTML

<!-- My Custom Story Formatting -->
<h2>My Story 1</h2>
<p>
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</p>
		
<!-- Share Widget -- Don't Change -->
<div class="share-storylist">
	<a class="tool share" href="https://davidwalsh.name/demo/digg-share.php?My%20Story%201">Share!</a>
	<div class="share-hover">
		<input type="text" value="https://davidwalsh.name/demo/digg-share.php?My%20Story%201" class="share-diggbar-url" readonly>
		<ul class="share-actions">
			<li class="twitter">
				<a href="http://twitter.com/home?status=My%20Story%201:%20https://davidwalsh.name/demo/digg-share.php?My%20Story%201" target="_blank">twitter</a>
			</li>
			<li class="email">
				<a href="mailto:?subject=My%20Story%201:%20https://davidwalsh.name/demo/digg-share.php?My%20Story%201">email</a>
			</li>
			<li class="facebook">
				<a href="http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=https://davidwalsh.name/demo/digg-share.php?My%20Story%201" target="_blank">facebook</a>
			</li>
		</ul>
	</div>
</div>

You can display the article or post however you'd like but the Digg share widget should closely follow what I've used above, which comes directly from Digg.

The CSS

/* Storylist Share */
.share-storylist { position:relative; float:left; }
.share-hover { background:url(storylist-share.png) no-repeat; width:138px; height:106px; position:absolute; top:19px; left:-35px !important; z-index:100; display:none; }
.share-diggbar-url { position:absolute; top:24px; left:14px; padding:5px; text-decoration:none; background:#fff; width:98px; border:1px solid #c6c6c6; -moz-border-radius:4px; -webkit-border-radius:4px; }
.share-hover span { font-size:85%; font-weight:normal; color:#9ab9d5; display:block; margin-top:-1px; }
ul.share actions, ul.share-actions li { list-style:none; }
ul.share-actions li a { text-indent:-999px; width:40px; height:26px; position:absolute; top:63px;} 
.share-actions li.facebook a { left:48px; width:42px;}
.share-actions li.email a {   left:7px;}
.share-actions li.twitter a {left:91px; }

/* Storylist Share Email Box */
#share-dialog { display:none; }
.share-email a.email-suggestion { background:#edf7e6 url(/img/lightbox-email-apps.png) 460px 7px no-repeat; display:block; margin:-16px -17px 15px; padding:15px 15px 15px 65px; font-size:1.15em; font-weight:bold; text-decoration:none; color:#64a715; border-bottom:1px solid #daecb0; }
.share-email a.email-suggestion:hover { color:#000033; }
.share-email label { float:left !important;  display:block; position:absolute;  color:#777; }
.share-email input[type="text"] { padding:5px; -moz-border-radius:3px !important; -webkit-border-radius:3px !important; color:#777; margin:0 0 10px 0; width:490px; margin-left:50px; border:1px solid #ccc; font-size:1.1em; }
.share-email textarea { width:530px; padding:10px; height:12em; margin:10px 0 5px 0; font-size:100%; background:#fffdea; border:1px solid #dcd069; color:#39340b; }
.share-test-email .dialog-tray { text-align:left; }

This is the exact CSS from Digg -- nothing's been changed.

The MooTools JavaScript

(function($){
	window.addEvent('domready',function() {
		$$('a.share').each(function(a){
			//containers
			var storyList = a.getParent();
			var shareHover = storyList.getElements('div.share-hover')[0];
			shareHover.set('opacity',0);
			//show/hide
			a.addEvent('mouseenter',function() {
					shareHover.setStyle('display','block').fade('in');
			});
			shareHover.addEvent('mouseleave',function(){
				shareHover.fade('out');
			});
			storyList.addEvent('mouseleave',function() {
				shareHover.fade('out');
			});
		});
	});
})(document.id);

The JavaScript is a piece of cake using MooTools. Simple show and hide.

One way to improve your website is to check out what the large sites are doing. Feel like you have a lame sharing widget of your own? Duplicate what Digg has done!

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Discussion

  1. You need to set the default opacity to 0 so it fades-in the first time you hover the link.

  2. roxes

    nice!
    interestingly i also found a jquery version :)
    Create a Digg-style post sharing tool with jQuery

  3. I updated the code a bit to do minor cleanup and implement Oskar’s suggestion.

  4. Absolutely brilliant! as usual David an excellent post, i admire your work greatly. All the best :)

  5. lovely! thnx

  6. Awesome post, I always enjoy reading these and especially like that you use MooTools.

  7. nice one. may be add a.stop(); to prevent link on the share texte.

  8. great ,u can not believe how much time i spend to find this!

  9. Hi, a great one and already loved by a lot of our cms-customers. We implemented it in the BLOG-function an with the shop-products so everyone can share share share. Thanx David!

  10. .carl:focus {}

    You can’t use target=”_blank” for XHTML. :) Please use: onclick="window.open(this.href); return false;" instead.

  11. On IE this results in nasty black borders during the fade effect because of PNG transparency issues. Is there any way to solve this?

  12. redcoder

    any idea getting around this error ?

    Error: uncaught exception: [Exception… “String contains an invalid character” code: “5” nsresult: “0x80530005 (NS_ERROR_DOM_INVALID_CHARACTER_ERR)” location: “http://onlineshopleader.com/bcv/media/system/js/mootools.js Line: 38”]

  13. redcoder

    Sorry, forgot to mention the error above is from FF Error Console

  14. redcoder

    this widget seems to work on mootool 1.2.3 version. i hv mootool 1.12 and couldn’t make it work. it works when i use mootool 1.2.3

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