Social media is what ties the web together, it’s what bridges the gap between the internet being a premium community of technology geeks, to a community that involves everyone on the planet, or at least those connected to the web so far. Social media gets used to stay in touch with friends and family (more than anything else), to maintain fan and business pages, to run businesses directly, to learn new things, in many ways also to teach things to others, and anyone can use social media to freely share the things they like or dislike (with appropriate opinions), so essentially social media is good for just about everything!
Billions of users have been connected already, and so many more of the planet inhabitants are finally getting access to stable and permanent internet connections, the excitement of the growth of the web can be felt everywhere, we can only say what a relief it is to know that the general powerhouse of the social networks has remained the same, although we are excited to see what carries everyone away next.
Whether your things is to share stories, to write blogs, to share freebies (music, video, creative, etc,.), to host a community, heck — just by having a website alone you are invoking the need for social share buttons. You can never be sure when someone is going to want to share your story with someone else, and why make it difficult? 99% of the webs users are already fully accustomed to the idea of social sharing, so there’s no need to feel uneasy about it. The better thing to be concerned about is the kind of social sharing buttons you want to showcase on your site; their style, ability, general feel.
Each and every website uses a unique style, and each unique style works differently with a variety of choices that we are presenting in this social sharing button templates roundup today. The following templates and marvelous design works come from developers and designers that have spent years in practice of HTML5 and CSS3 to craft stunning social sharing buttons that will capture attention of even the most unattentive visitors to your site, or site pages.
Clean Social Buttons
We start off with some neat social icons from Michael Rossi. This set features a gray color icon set for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vimeo and Behance. Michael has added an easy to remove border that makes the icons look more compact and will be much easier to integrate within designs, but you can always eliminate the border and use the icons as you like — at the footer or header navigation menus, or directly within your content areas.
Social buttons animated with Sass
Next up we have a SASS-animated social icon set from Arthur Camara that features specific tooltips for each icon. For example, whenever someone will hover over one of the icons, they will instantly receive a notification tooltip saying what this icon is about — which you can fully customize to reflect your own ideas and messages, or just leave them as default specifying the social network. Icons are available for GitHub, Email, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. The default color scheme is gray background with white icon text.
Stylish Social Buttons
Chris Deacy brings us a set of stylish social icons that will provide hover background effects for maximum interactivity between the icons and the user. Each set of social icons provides a number of social network specific icons, and in this one we find Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Skype and Dribble. Each time you hover over one of the icons, the background of the icon gets filled up with the most dominant color of each of the social networks. A pretty cool feature that won’t go unnoticed!
Social Buttons using HTML only
A HTML-only social icon set from OstrIO is the perfect solution for webmasters, designers and developers who need a lightweight social media sharing solution for their minimalistic websites, but we also agree that these icons will benefit any scale project out there, so don’t let yourself be limited by the HTML-only concept. This set has four different size sets as well, making it super-easy to integrate in websites of all sizes and forms. The availability of social media icons range from Pinterest to VKontakte, to Facebook and Twitter, and much more.
Social buttons with hover
It’s just so great to see the evolution of the web and specifically the design aspects of languages like CSS3 and HTML5. Here is a beautiful and modern icon set coming from Marius Balaj — this set features the four major social networks (LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+ and Facebook) in a beautiful arrangement of colors and boxed layout case for holding the icons within. The hover effect is built to help you mask the default social network sharing widgets with more appealing social icons, but upon hovering over your version of the icons, the user will be able to see direct Like, Share and Tweet buttons with real share counts!
Social button concept by Erik Deiner
Erik Deiner has built somewhat of a unique concept for promoting yourself on social media through social media widgets. This particular widget is built to feature four different social media networks (which we guess you can easily swap around for your own favorites), and upon hovering over one of the networks you are able to see direct icon buttons to allow others to follow your social media networks. This can be a great widget to use on a blogging site where you wish to use social media promotion widgets in the blogs sidebar.
Social Buttons Slide
So many different concepts already, and this one from Marius Balaj (mentioned twice in our roundup already) is no exception. The Social Buttons Slide widget is going to help you share your favorite social media sharing icons with the ability for visitors to hover over the buttons to experience an unfolding animation that will automatically display the number of tweets, likes and shares that your content has received, and of course allow them to share the content forward as well. Marius has done some outstanding work in this field, definitely check him out!
Fancy Flat Social Button Animation
Clement Guillou takes cool CSS3 animations to the next level with his Fancy Flat Animated social icon set. Here we have the leading LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter and Facebook social networks icons built in simple square backgrounds, but upon hovering / clicking over each of the icons, a specific animation triggers that turns the icons into a circle rather than the default square, and that in itself can be a really cool addition to an already dynamic and interactive website.
CSS social buttons and icons
We admit, many of the icon sets on our list already are truly stunning and will provide a great social sharing experience to millions of web users, but what Stan Williams is sharing with us here is truly a one of a kind piece of work, this huge set of CSS3 social buttons and icons is going to revolutionize the way you display your social media information on your websites, apps, projects, blogs, and so forth. From simple Evernote buttons, to more technical buttons like “Read More at Smashing Magazine”, or “Available on the App Store” and such. These kind of icons will really add character to your content and further increase your chances of landing social shares, and apparently sales too!
Share Social Buttons
Mario Vidov is sharing with us a very lightweight social sharing button set that uses HTML5 to provide a very neat feature — basically you get a simple ‘sharing icon’ widget to add to your site, but upon clicking the widget a number of social networking sites expands that can be used for sharing content or for promoting your own social media profiles. Other than the major networks, you can use it to showcase Dropbox and GitHub profiles/content as well.
Circular Social Buttons
Square icons are definitely very dominant in the current social icon set market, but Shahnur Alam wants to help to change that by providing (building himself) a vast number of social icons for the most popular, known and interacted-with social networks out there. The color schemes seem perfectly fine, and we can see this particular set appearing on minimalistic writer sites, as well as personal journals and such. Supports Bootstrap.
Social Buttons v2
Marius Balaj is appearing in our list for the third time already, and for so many good reasons. His next-level social buttons set is a v2 of a previous set, but in this one he takes elegance and combines it with true modern web design art and outputs a spectacular result of social icons that can be used for sharing content or sharing profile information. Supports networks like Tumblr, GitHub, Pinterest and the major players. Hover each of the icons and be presented with the content of your choice — whether a message or a direct widget integration, these icons will suit a lot of different needs and situations.
Social Buttons with Icon Fonts
David Pottrell has been developing and sharing stuff for a long time now, and his social buttons set with in-built icon fonts is a definite contender towards being one of the smoothest executions of such an icon set concept. David’s vision is to provide social icon solutions with the appropriate color schemes, but to top it all off — he adds a brand icon font next to each of the elements to really seal the deal for the authenticity of each of the icons. We are in awe with the HTML5, and CSS3 skills that David is bringing to our attention.
FLAT Beauty Social Button with CSS3-transition
FLAT design has not been consistent in our roundup here, but we are going to try and fix that by introducing some truly spectacular and beautiful work from S.M.Tashrik Anam. His vision is to provide a set of icons that use the CSS3 transition effects to amplify a dynamic and interactive social sharing experience. Roll over each of the icons and watch how they unfold to uncover your own specific text of choice.
Simplistic CSS Social Buttons
Simple never disappoints, and although some may call this particular set one that’s modern and somewhat complex, we truly believe that this is one of the simplest social sets on our list so far. This one will work particular well in situations where we want to promote our profiles, rather than direct social sharing buttons within our content pages. This set supports Forrst, Dribbble, Flickr, Designmoo and many others. Take some time to check it out and perhaps demo on your own site before making the final decision.
Roll Over Social Buttons
Roll Over icons set features Soundcloud, Pinterest, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter icons that will allow you to insert a roll-over text that will appear any time a visitor rolls over one of the icons from this set. This one has been crafted by Hugo Darby-Brown, who is using pure CSS3 technology to provide such a pleasant sharing experience.
Bootstrap Fontawesome Icon Social Buttons
Last up we have a combination of two very popular frameworks on the web — Bootstrap and Font Awesome. Imagine if those two had a baby, what you would get in return is this awesome icon-set from none other than Stan Williams. These icons will stretch as far as GitHub, Apple, Android, Skype and Stack Overflow. If you are in need of color and strict statements for your social needs, this is the set to acquire.
Above listed and HTML/CSS based social icons. If you are looking for ones that you can use in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator or otherwise you might want to check this icon collection.