To place social network following buttons on website or blog is important for growing audience to your website. People can easily follow you from website and get every updates as and when you post. Most of the bloggers uses the social network APIs directly from the Facebook, twitter or Google plus and adds separate widget codes for each one. All social network widget provides great look and stylist interface after placing to the blog but According to my experience it takes longer to load the entire page after placing the external API.
It takes extra time if you placed the 3-4 different widget codes because it fetches the live content from your site and lots of codes executed internally on social network. Which in turn takes more time to complete the loading and Google does not loves site which takes more time to process which in turn affects your ranking.
So i recommend to use social Image icons instead, which looks great and have better performance to your site.
<a href=”Your Social Network Page URL” imageanchor=”1″; target = “_blank”><img border=”0″ src=”Image/Icon URL” height=”40px” width=”40px” style=”margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;” /></a>
Your social Network Page URL – Link of your Page or Profile.
Image/Icon URL – Link to the Image ( Facebook, twitter or any)
target=”_blank” opens the page in new Tab. If you want it to open in same page, remove it.
You can pace the Image icon on Picasa or anywhere on the web and link it to here.