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    "tell-a-friend" scripts: What to look for?
    There are literally thousands of "tell-a-friend" email scripts out there. They run in javascripts, html, dhtml, and bunch of other stuff I don't understand.

    I was wondering what are the importan features to look for in such a script. For me, I am especially interested in:

    1. Something fast. I don't want anything slowing down my site or clogging up my code.
    2. Something that will not in any way hinder a Search Engine's spider.

    If you have a script that is working great for you, please let us know!

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    Add "3. won't become a vector for spammers" to your list. A poorly designed script will allow people to hijack your TAF page to spam people.
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    Thanks Tom, that is an important one. I knew I was missing a lot.

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    I like this one, runs in php.
    http://www.stadtaus.com/en/php_scrip...friend_script/
    It's basic to use, you just link to it from any page and it grabs the url of the page the visitor just came from as the one to pass on, very simple. Also has some decent features plus security. Oh aye, it's free with a link back.

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    Thanks, I'll check it out. That stadtaus.com looks like a really interesting page.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pokerturkey
    There are literally thousands of "tell-a-friend" email scripts out there. They run in javascripts, html, dhtml, and bunch of other stuff I don't understand.

    I was wondering what are the importan features to look for in such a script. For me, I am especially interested in:

    1. Something fast. I don't want anything slowing down my site or clogging up my code.
    2. Something that will not in any way hinder a Search Engine's spider.

    If you have a script that is working great for you, please let us know!
    I have been using the birdcast.cgi script for over two years now, and so far I still like it.

    While I don't use it to collect email address for anything, it's good to know that the referral log it creates, has all the info I need, just in case there is a need to know who's referring my pages to whom.

    If you have ever wanted one of those recommend my site buttons on your site, but were concerned about who was getting the information- now you can do it yourself!
    birdcast.cgi The Easy Way to Let Others Promote Your Site!
    You can give it a try, you have nothing to lose, and it's free anyway.

    Btw, BigNoseBird.Com's have others old but, free good scripts there.

    Sal.

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    I second the vote for bignosedbird too, good scripts. I have their "BNB Virtual Greeting Card Server Script" on one of my sites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markschok
    I second the vote for bignosedbird too, good scripts. I have their "BNB Virtual Greeting Card Server Script" on one of my sites.
    Bah, Mark, you only get one vote. (j/k)

    Thanks for the recommendation Sal. Many of those scripts look very useful to a new webmaster like myself.

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    I also use birdcast & have recommended it in other threads here...

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    Sorry if I missed the previous recommendations. But I'm glad to see an an overwhelming consensus for this product.

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    Cool, we should start a fan club.

    Thanks for the info.

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