The Social Media Buttons Plugin enables you to display social media buttons (Twitter, Facebook, Google+, YouTube, Pinterest, and your project Website) on the Title Screen, each of which opens the corresponding website in a new window.
You can also use the plugin to send players to a website in-game via events with a simple Plugin Command.
The plugin is written with RMMV Version 1.6+ in mind, but it might still work in older versions from 1.3 onwards.
Each one can be toggled on or off and will display dynamically centered on the bottom of the Title Screen. When a button is disabled (toggled OFF in the settings), the buttons will reposition accordingly.
NOTE: If playing in a browser, the URL might not open if you have a popup blocker, so make sure you allow it. In Windows versions, a new window will open to display the website.
These are the basic settings for each button. For a more comprehensive explanation of each, you can view the Social Media Buttons Help file provided in the ZIP.
These are the settings for sharing Twitter accounts via your games.
This setting turns the Twitter button ON or OFF.
Action is the behaviour type of the Twitter button. You can use one of three options: Screen Name, User ID or Follow.
- Screen Name – The user name of the Twitter account you’d like your players to visit.
- User ID – The unique identifier of the Twitter account.
- Follow – Enables players to follow your Twitter account directly from within RPG Maker MV, whether in a window or browser. As long as the "Twitter Action Settings" is set correctly, this will automatically use the Screen Name or User ID.
This sets the Username or User ID for the Twitter account you wish to use. It’s used in conjunction with the "Twitter Action" setting.
These are the settings for sharing a Facebook page from within RMMV.
Show (ON) or hide (OFF) the Facebook button on-screen.
Facebook Page Name
This is the page name reference to display your Facebook page.
These options are to display sharing something from YouTbue.
Show (ON) or hide (OFF) the YouTube button on the Title Screen.
This is the behaviour type for the YouTube button. The options you can have are: User, Channel, Video or Playlist.
This provides the information for the "YouTube Action". You don’t need the full URL, just the identifying information.
- Username – The username you use for your main profile.
- Channel ID – The ID reference of your video channel.
- Video ID – The ID for the video you want to play in RPG Maker MV.
These are the settings for sharing Pinterest account via your games.
Show (ON) or hide (OFF) the Pinterest button on the Title Screen.
This is the username you want to use. This will take visitors to your default profile page containing all your pins and boards.
Pinterest Board Name
If you want to share a specific board, then put the name of that board from the last part of its URL. Make sure you also put your username in the Pinterest Username parameter for it to work properly.
Leave this blank if you just want to display your normal profile.
NOTE: Visitors will most likely need to log in with Pinterest if "Window" is selected as the Display Method.
These options set the website address you’d like visitors to go to when they click the button.
Turns the Website icon ON or OFF.
This is for setting your full website address. When the button is clicked, it’ll open in a window or browser.
This selects how to display the "Website URL". You can choose to display your link in a game Window or in your default Browser.
These are the icons you want to use for your social media buttons, separated by commas (Twitter, Facebook and Website).
Recommended size is 32×32.
Save these in the Pictures folder. If you use your own icons, be sure to change the settings to the filenames you used.
There has, however, been a report of conflicts (notably with some of Yanfly’s plugins), but I haven’t been able to replicate any errors.
Conflicts may occur with Yanfly’s External Links Plugin. The Social Media Buttons uses a separate internal URL parser, so there really shouldn’t be any conflicts.
NOTE: It used to contain a showurl url command, but that was removed and is now integrated into the QEngine plugin (coming soon).
¶ This video is now out-of-date and does not include Pinterest, which was added in Version 1.7. An updated video (and tutorial) will be uploaded soon.
- Dynamic popup blocker alerter
- Allow manual positioning of button block (to top left, top right, etc.)
- Add mouse-over effects for icons??
Because Google+ shut down in March/April 2019, all references to Google+ were removed in the updated version.
Note: After v2.0, I’ll no longer actively update the plugin due to the way that most social media sites use their APIs and SDKs. While it IS possible to share an in-game screenshot and content from within MV, it’s not as easy as it may sound.
This isn’t necessarily from a developer’s perspective, but from the end-user perspective. I don’t want to over-complicate things, so will be keeping it simple and "as is": Promote and share your site on some of the most popular social media sites. And that’s it!
So based on that same principle, I decided to add a separate block on the Title Screen to contain Otherworld‘s Twitter account and official blogsite, as well as RPG Maker Times Facebook page, rather than putting them in the main menu – to declutter it. I then adapted it for more general use.
Credit "Companion Wulf" or "RPG Maker Times" if using this plugin in your projects.