Get Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn Share Counts for WordPress

I’ve been meaning to add a share counter to posts on Lawyerist for a while now, and I finally sat down to figure it out. There are plugins for this, of course, but I wanted something fast and simple that I could place and style just the way I want it.

I found lots of information out there, but a lot of it is outdated, incomplete, or just doesn’t work. After some trial and error, I figured out a simple solution that works. Since I didn’t a copy-and-paste guide anywhere else, here it is.

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Blade Nano QX RTF Quadcopter Quick-Start Guide

I just took my new Blade Nano QX RTF Quadcopter out of its box, and of course I was antsy to start flying immediately. So while the battery charged, I flipped through the instructions, which consist of: the back of the controller, a card included in the bag with the spare parts, and the actual manual.

In order figure out what I needed to know to start flying, I felt like I was analyzing a legal statute because the bits of information you need to know, like how to tell when the battery is done charging, are spread out all over. So while my battery charges for my second flight, I figured I would put together a quick-start guide with all you need to know, in the order you need to know it.

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A General Rule for Team Communication Across Multiple Platforms

Modern businesses use a variety of apps and tools to keep track of work and get work done. And most of those apps and tools include some kind of messaging system. At Lawyerist, for example, we use Gmail and Slack for communication, but we also use Google Docs, Teamwork, and Trello, each of which has its own built-in messaging.

And some of our tools have more than one kind of messaging. In Teamwork, for example, you can leave comments on just about anything, including messages.1 And while Slack is mostly just a stream of messages, you can also comment on uploaded files or text snippets. Google Docs has at least 3 kinds of messaging: (1) you can chat with other people currently viewing the document, (2) you can comment on any portion of the document, and (3) you can comment on suggested edits.

So if you need to refer back to a message, where do you go? It can be a problem. Our solution is simple, but it has been effective. Here is our general rule on communication:

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  1. Fortunately, you can turn off messages in Teamwork projects, which simplifies things a little. 

A Guide for Remote Teams

Work Afar is the official guide for starting, growing, and leading remote teams.

Work Afar is written by Holden Page, an editor for Lawyerist. Holden works remotely, and the writers he manages are spread out across the US. Follow Work Afar for information, tools, and tips for remote teams.