I was pinged a few days ago by my friend Thaya Kareeson about a plugin he has released a while back and he was wondering if I would be interested to check it out. And I did – quite impressive as it allows you to increase The Social Impact of your blog. See below

It allows you to Greet Visitors to Your Blog based on what url they come from. I do have a small issue with the plugin but you’ll just have to read the post to learn about it…

First of all – what exactly does this plugin do. I’m not going to be original here but simply copy the list of features from Thaya’s blog:

* Show a different greeting message to your visitor depending on the referrer URL. You can add/edit/delete/disable these greeting messages as you choose.
* Show a default greeting message even if the visitor does not match any of your configured referrer URL.
* Show a default greeting message even if the visitor does not have java script enabled.
* AJAX greeting message in the front end makes it compatible with caching plugins and WPMU.
* AJAX administrative interface that uses nonce verification to discourage hackers.
* Ability to set a timeout to forget a visitor so we do not keep nagging them with greeting messages.
* Ability to setup regular expression rules to exclude some referrer URLs from seeing greeting messages.
* Ultra customizable greeting message box (with CSS) allowing you to pre-pend/append HTML around the greeting message box.
* Currently the following referrers are installed by default, but you can easily create your own if your favorite referrer is not on the list!
1. del.icio.us
2. delicious.com
3. digg.com
4. google.com
5. yahoo.com
6. stumbleupon.com
7. technorati.com
8. twitter.com

Plugin seem to work as advertised and once working properly – it could be a perfect replacement for the What Would Seth Godin Do plugin that I love and use on my blogs. BUT…

As I have mentioned above – I have couple issues with the plugin and hopefully Thaya will not be too upset about me sharing them.

  1. To install the plugin you have to place piece of code into your blog theme. While I understand that this allows greater customization for the users – I think it should be done via WordPress loop and simply provided with choices to end user. Much like we have with WWSGD – it gives us choice to place the message Above the Post or Bellow the Post. That is all we need, plus the options on how often to show the messages.
  2. Plugin comes by default with several services configured but either my install got messed up or I misunderstood the statement – my options do not show those service pre-configured. Quite possible I have to go in and manually add each and everyone of them but it is just TOO TIME consuming for me and time is one commodity I don’t have right now. IMPORTANT UPDATE: If you get messed up install as I have described right here – reload Default Settings as Thaya advises in his comment below and all the settings appear.

While I love the idea of the plugin and how it what it provides I had to deactivate it on my blog, perhaps until the time I will get to mess with the configuration options.

If you have a bit of extra time and willing to work on increasing the Social Impact of your blog and get more personal with your visitors – I highly recommend you check out the WP Greet Box plugin.

Update 11.26.08: Latest release of the plugin addresses all the issues I expressed concerns with above and works like a charm!