Sphere It Plugin
Add an AJAXified link for contextual related posts to your WordPress blog from Sphere
Simple install, easy integration, huge user base, growing list of partners
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Sphere It is very simple to install and a breeze to use. Just drop into your plugins directory and activate through your control panel. This plugin is reminiscent of social networking plugins such as Alex’s Share This and of dynamic related items such as Waypath.
I like the plugin. Many of the big boys are using it and Sphere is less gimmicky and more useful. A click on the Sphere icon opens up a new AJAX window with a few related posts from other bloggers talking about the linked topic and a set of related articles from the blogosphere and news sites. Of course, TechCrunch has their own modified version of the plugin but the net effect is still the same. I really like the fact that the plugin does not weigh down the main page with dynamically downloaded content until the supplemental content is requested by a user.
This particular version of the plugin does not come with an interface and modification of the default install would require modification of the core plugin file. There is a detailed readme file (a little too detailed in my opinion, but that seems to be the new way to do things). Once the plugin is uploaded and installed, the default behavior is to insert the Sphere link at the bottom of posts that are larger than 30 words long.
As a means of testing the plugin and the features offered by Sphere, the plugin has been enabled on WeblogToolsCollection.com as a test.