As well as improving the layout of the author page AuthorSure 0.8 fixed a bug with the Skype link on the Author page. Now it makes the Skype icon into a call button. The plugin does this by creating a link of the format “skype:name?call” where the name is the one entered in the author’s profile. When the reader clicks the Skype button, a popup message appears and asks then whether or not they want to either start Skype (or download it if it not already installed). If they decide to continue then a call is initiated.
If you decide to put each icon with a label on a separate line then you also have the option to have a Skype status button. The button changes according to whether or not you are online.
How To Configure AuthorSure with a Skype Status Button
To implement just make sure you complete the following three steps:
- Go into Skype Privacy Settings and click “Allow my online status to be shown on the web
- Go into AuthorSure Settings and make sure that the “Show Icons Only” checkbox in the Author Page section is NOT checked
- Go to Your Profile and append “/status” to your Skype name in the Contact Methods section. e.g. russelljamieson/status
Setting Skype Privacy Settings
On a PC it look like this:
The privacy settings on MAC look a bit different:
Please note I have set the “Allow Calls From:” to be “Contacts” as I want to establish the identity of any caller first, and make them a contact, before accepting a Skype call.
I will run for a couple of months with my Skype name as publicly visible and see if affects the amount of “Skype spam” I get. I will also dig around and see if the skype URL can be made to do other things than just initiate a call. If would be nice to offer a feature where the link could be made to generate a Skype Contact request.