Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Adding Social Media Icons to Gmail Signature

Since we have changed email providers, it's a good time to take a look at what you are including in your email signature. In Gmail, it is much easier to include social media icons. Your email signature should include the ways you want people to contact or communicate with you.

I chose to include Twitter, Pinterest and Blogger. You could also include Facebook, LinkedIn, an icon that links to your web site, or any other web resource. Most of you will also include your phone number. I don't because I'm rarely near my work phone.

Note: Keep it simple. Don't include a resource you don't check or update regularly.

Here's how to set it up:

Choose your Icons

Go to IconFinder.com
Search for a social media icon. I'm going to use Twitter as an example.
Type "twitter" in the search bar.
On the left side of the screen, change the PRICE to FREE.
Change the ICON SIZE to 0 to 32.
Choose your favorite version of the icon.

Choose 24x24 or 32x32.
Click the PNG button and the icon will download.
In the example above, I left my email text font and size at the default and used 32x32 icons.

Upload Icons to Google Drive
Create a folder in Google Drive called "Email Icons."
Change the share settings of the folder to "Anyone on the Internet can find and view."
Upload the icons you downloaded from Iconfinder.

Go to Gmail Settings
With Gmail open, go to the gear button in the top right corner and choose SETTINGS.
On the General tab, scroll down to find the Signature area.
I left one blank line between my signature and the social media icons line.
Choose the Insert Image button. Select My Drive then the Email Icons folder.
Select the first icon then the SELECT button.
Highlight the icon by dragging your cursor over the icon just like you would if you were highlighting text.
Click the Insert Hyperlink button.



Choose the CHANGE link. Remove the / and add the URL to your Twitter profile.
Scroll to the bottom of the window and choose SAVE CHANGES.

Repeat for each social media resource. I added a space between each icon.

Send a test email to your personal email account or to a friend and ask them to click the icons to make sure the links work.

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