Tools for Transparency: Social media alerts


Over a year ago we got the idea to internally send social media alerts for important Sunlight news and project launches. These email alerts consist of a collection of links to sites like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn that help our staff promote important news with just a couple clicks of the mouse.

It’s quite simple: depending on the service, the link will populate a message that Sunlighter can share making it easy to post important information quickly.

Here’s what those links might look like if I wanted to promote this blog post:

The url is populate with the required parameters and a link to the actual post, take a look:

  • Share on Twitter –
  • Post to Facebook –
  • Share on LinkedIn –
  • Like on StumbleUpon –
  • Bookmark on Delicious –

This is by no means a comprehensive list of social media services and we often add other services, like Reddit or YouTube, while removing others. While participation is opt-in, it still helps us effectively promote Sunlight events.  What do you think? Do you have any ideas or tweaks we might use?