Sociable has been due for an update for a long time. In popularity I am sure it is among the top 20 plugins in use, maybe even top 10 – it is certainly very visible on blogs, more so than the very discreet Share This plugin.
I contacted Peter a couple of weeks ago asking if there was an update coming soon, and he said to me that he was back working on Sociable, and an update was imminent.
You can currently download beta4, it is quite possible that the plugin will go final today.
It hasn’t changed a huge amount, other than adding a lot more bookmarking sites, so you can choose which sites are popular with your audience.
I have just sent Peter a small update which he can hopefully include:-
You can see the new buttons as I am currently testing them on this blog with version 2.0 Beta4
If you are wondering about PlugIM and Bumpzee, PlugIM is a growing site similar to other social bookmarking sites, but with an emphasis on Internet Marketing (where you are allowed to plug your own posts), and Bumpzee is a new social network for Affiliate Marketers that picks up your feed content automatically for other people to vote upon.
Yesterday the big news was about Technorati adding some kind of Digg clone (Technorati WTF), but in many ways Bumpzee might have similar functions, because you can find content based upon tags, and vote on the ones you like. They don’t have the massive amount of content yet, but it could be a very useful service or script within vertical markets.
In fact from what I read on Niall Kennedy’s blog, WTF grew out of an internal notes tool, and is more a way of explaining news on Technorati, a social feature, rather than a voting system. Technorati votes for sites with blog posts, which generally take more than 3 seconds to write, unlike Digg, so the top stories might actually be more news worthy.