I love 'em. Brilliant stuff.
The number of times I wished this post existed… now it does! Cheers Paul!
Those icons look really slick/crisp! I feel honored being a source of inspiration :)
Very nice. The one thing I would like would be the one meatspace connection I still use, the phone. Skype too.
OK, not social media, per se, but if you want a complete contact page :)
Thanks for the kind words everybody!
@Stuart: I plan to add icons for all the major IM providers in the next release, including AIM, Yahoo, Messenger, GTalk and Skype. An icon for a generic phone sounds like a good idea, although you are right it falls slightly outside the remit for these icons. I’ll have to have a think about this.
Maybe add identi.ca and friendfeed?
Absolutely lovely, Paul. Thanks for making them freely available!
Great icon set. I will definitely be using in the redesign of my website.
Excellent icon set!
Thanks a lot! Wish you luck with your next one! ;-)
Very useful, going to be trying them out in my work. Thanks for making them public.
Lots of them are actually way better than the website’s own favicon! Thank you for letting us use those great icons!
Great stuff you have! Thanks.
Great set!! I like 'em a lot!
I’ve never found one for Bebo, doesn’t anyone know where to find a Bebo social media icon?
You really should put a license file in the .zip. Otherwise people might miss attribution if they get this somehow other than this blog post.
Thanks for putting this together! Really good to have all in once place and in multiple sizes like this.
Very helpful, thanks so much!!
Paul, they are very nice. I have put them straight on our blog: http://www.littletreesoftware.com/blog/we-keep-on-growing/
Thanks for these excellent icons! Could I suggest a Virb icon?
Every one of these icons is a rip-off of my friend Rogie King’s icons at Komodo Media: http://www.komodomedia.com/blog/2009/06/social-network-icon-pack/
Why would you do this?
Agree with all of the above – these are so nice, clean and consistent. Great work – thanks!
Really useful all of them!! thanks for sharing, Paul!!!
Obviously I would like to rebut your claims of these icons as being direct rip-offs of those icons by Rogie King.
I note that on Twitter you have apologised, and stated that you believe I had mistakenly linked to Rogie’s icons, but had since changed the link. I’m slightly confused by this claim as this is just not true. This download link has not changed since I published this post. My guess is that you saw the 16x16 icons previewed above, and without downloading the file and inspecting it’s content: s, left a comment here (and more damagingly) made the same claims on Twitter (resulting in the predictable thoughtless re-tweeting by others).
But in the spirit of full disclosure, I am happy to provide a little more background on how these icons came into being.
In the past I had found that the only suitable 16x16 icons available for linking to different social networks were the favicons used by the respective websites, yet these were often visually inconsistent and in some cases, rather ugly.
After doing some similar icons for a client in April, I decided that I would rectify this and spend some time creating a set of icons for my favourite social networks, with my two key goals being that they didn’t stray too far from the original favicons (YouTube excluded – I absolutely hate their favicon!) and that they all had a consistent appearance.
At this time I had seen Rogie’s initial set of icons (as noted in the above post) and also the gorgeous icons created by Tim Van Damme for use on his address card site, whose icons inspired me to create the larger icon sizes. I completed most of these during the May Bank Holiday, but being a perfectionist (and susceptible to chronic bouts of procrastination) I never finished the entire set.
However two things spurred me on to bite the bullet and finish my icons. Firstly a discussion with my colleagues in the pub about not worrying too much about trying to achieve perfection (i.e. ‘Great Artists Ship’) and secondly seeing that Rogie had released his updated set of icons.
This was of course my worse fear. When I created my icons nobody had done a set of popular social network icons in sizes greater than 16x16, but I knew it was only a matter of time before somebody would, and Rogie did (and they are a fantastic set of icons).
Rogie is obviously a far more talented illustrator than I am, and I love that each of his icons reflect his own unique style. Yet at the same time this is precisely why I wanted to create my own icons – I wanted icons with a more generic feel, simply customised so that they felt like they belonged to the same family.
Now these icons may not be that different to Rogie’s, but how could they be? After all both sets of icons are built upon the same foundations – that of the logos and colours of the respective social networking services. However each and every pixel of these icons has been crafted by my own fair hands, and many hours have been spent working on them.
I apologise for the lengthy reply, but it may not surprise you that I’m a little annoyed by your comments, both here and on Twitter (with its rather flimsy retraction). If you don’t like my icons, then of course that’s your own personal opinion, but please don’t insult me by claiming I am some sort of rip-off artist. I find such comments unhelpful.
Hey Paul, like I said on Twitter just now I swear I clicked to download your icons, opened up the ZIP, and I saw Rogie’s icons. I did this 3x and had the same result. Initially your ZIP file was 0 bytes and I thought something odd was going on, my only explanation is that your ZIP was named exactly the same as Rogie’s and I had his in the same folder. After I deleted all ZIPs in my Downloads folder I gave it another shot and finally saw your actual icons which are very, very nice.
You have my sincerest apologies and immediately after I discovered my mistake I deleted the tweets that contained my remarks and apologized. As Rogie has mentioned I would not do something like this maliciously, it was a mistake on my part, and I’m very sorry.
Thanks for getting back to me on this Mike, it seem as though technology has failed us once again. Apology excepted.
I guess the thing that annoyed me most about this whole episode was clicking on ‘Mentions’ in Tweetie, to see tens of re-tweets of your original status update, which in effect magnified the intensity of your original claim.
Anyway, the subject of retweeting merits an entirely different blog post devoted to it (and another thing I’ve delayed doing). I guess I should get it written up before Rogie beats me to it ;-)
Dude, these are awesome :) Nice site actually, but there’s not enough of 'em ;)
Wow, you live in Littlehampton? :D I live in EP, about mile and a half down the road :) Small world…
Nice work, anyway.
Thank you! I used them for my website, they look fantastic. Pixel-perfection. I’m really looking forward to an phone and AIM icon!
And a vCard icon perhaps?
Awesome work, Paul. Love the icons. Any chance of a printer icon in the next round?
Yo Paul - this is Paul Burgess, we shared karaoke japery a couple of weeks ago… just dropping you a note to say your flickr icon is in full effect on my new lil project: http://colorsuckr.com
Very nice icon set. Thanks!
If you’re taking requests, I’d like to see GoodReads and IMDB added. Also, you could look at what sites are supported by the Lifestream for WordPress plugin for more suggestions. That’s where I’m using your icons. url: http://www.ibegin.com/labs/wp-lifestream/
Nice icons! I’m using a few over on my site: http://ben.kudria.net
Been wanting after such a complete set forever. Great stuff man, thank you.
I don’t want to come off as a jackass because what you have here is extraordinary, but I would love for a few more to be included like GoodReads, Viddler and 43things. Keep up the amazing work!
Wonderful set, thanks for making it. I might use them.
Just wanted to let you know that I’ve used your icons (with credit, as required by the license!) in a site I’ve created: http://pubwich.org/
Thanks again for your work!
Hi, I’m back, I did use them. Thanks. Linked you in my blog footer :)
Thanks for the icons, really good set, using them on my site. Cheers!
Found your icon set via @hicksdesign - fantastic work. Please keep it up!
Thanks so much for making these available, Paul. They’re gorgeous as well as understated.
Would you consider to add a Hyves button?
Hyves is a popular social network site in Holland.
These icons are simply the best! Thank you for sharing. Please add Plaxo in your next release and if possible let me know.
This is such a giddy-great set of icons, Paul! It’s definitely the most comprehensive set I’ve found online.
As some others have said, I’d love to see Viddler in this package too. We have an icon already that should fit perfectly: http://img29.imageshack.us/img29/8150/128x128e.png
E-mail me if you have questions.
Again, you’ve done a top notch job!
Have to agree with everyone else – the set looks great! I’m using them in my redesign that I hope to push out in the next week or two.
I needed a friendfeed icon to match, so I made one – you’re welcome to it to add to the set if you’d like (I have the 32 & 24 sizes done). Just email the address in the comment and I’ll send the PSDs.
I’m surprised blip.fm isn’t on that list.
Could you add http://gowalla.com icons too please? :)
Would you mind if I request an icon for http://userscripts.org/?
Yeah, would like to see a Friendfeed icon :)
Thanks for the brilliant icons!
First thanks for the icons, they are great.
Second is a favor to ask: please add identi.ca icon to pack.
good idea, would be even “lighter” to put them as a sprite, and use a .class to display, cf yahoo! sprites
Great icons. Switched to use them on my site http://www.sonarblast.com
Great icons, thanks.
Are you planning on adding a phone or wordpress icon.
Great Icons. Thanks. Your icon-set is one of only a few that contains email, too. GREAT. GREAT. GREAT.
I would like to suggest to add Xing
I’ve always loved the design for this set but I’m acquiring a new appreciation for how comprehensive it is. Most of the others seem to always be missing one of the ones I need ;)
I love these icons – I only wish the YouTube icon showed the actual YouTube logo, rather than a white arrow on a red background. I’m afraid no one will know what it refers to. Otherwise, great work!
Me again, sorry.
I miss the “Mister Wong” Icon. Would be nice, if you include it. Thank you very much.
Wow awesome, probably the most complete set of social media icons I’ve seen.
Hi, any chance I could get the PSD file – there’s a few that I’d like to add to the list – I’ll then send those back so you can include on your site as well… great set by the way.
THANK YOU SO MUCH!
I have been looking for an icon set like this for a while and this is perfect! Thank you! :D
Thanks a lot for this wonderful set, gonna use them on my portfolio site, thanks again :)
Best social media icon pack on the web! Thanks for all your work.
Thanks for these - a great set
Hey, can you also create a icon for Hyves (http://hyves.nl)? It’s the leading social network in the Netherlands and now i have to substitute the icon with the text “Hyves”.
Oh, and could you also add Google Reader and Instructables ones?
I know, it’s a lot, but the set will become even better!
Using your icon set on a new feature for my site. It would be cool if you could create an Xbox/Xbox Live icon.
Great icons! Thanks!
How about one for Shoutlife and one for Shelfari?
Thanks so much for these great icons. I’d like to suggest one for PayPal.
Great icon set, I’m going to use these on my website.
Can you create the original logotype icon for youtube?
Looks great Paul, have tweeted about them. Keep up the stirling work!
Really great icons!
They are now searchable on Iconfinder: http://www.iconfinder.net/search/?q=iconset%3Asocialmediaicons_v120
Thanks for the icons, Paul. Using them on my new blog design!
Foursquare, a really interesting and fun Brightkite-style social network would be a great addition.
Great Add! I love this icon set! Thank you Paul!
Great set, also would love to see an identi.ca icon added.
I’m currently working on a webdesign for a friend who’s going to start a professional website and since he wants graphical objects for his network menu, I’m currently looking for CreativeCommons 16x16 social icons. These icons would be perfect if there was an icon for blogs, as he wants to set up a blog alongside with the pro website, and I want the icons to be consistants between each other. Because of the missing icon, I will have to look for icons elsewhere, unfortunately.
Thanks Paul. I’ll be using a few these icons on an upcoming redesign. Great stuff!
Thanks for the up. The icons should be perfect for a project I am working on.
Hi Paul, thanks for these great icons. I have added them to the top right of my site.
Do you have a 32x32 icon for Soup? I have used your tumblr icon from my site http://www.mediahelpingmedia.org/ for my tumblr site http://mediahelpingmedia.tumblr.com/, but I find Soup better, so I am running a Soup site, too. http://mediahelpingmedia.soup.io/. I can try to make a Soup 32x32 but it would look shabby alongside the other icons.
A fellow designer just sent me link to these icons and I realized I hadn’t stopped by your blog in ages. Congrats on your new position at ClearLeft and hope all is well on your side of the pond.
As a web-designer I’m obsessed with icons and I so rarely find ones I truly love. These are just so clean, wonderful work, thank you for them!
Hi, Great stuff. How about a Blogger icon?
Just for the record, I have used your icons to illustrate this piece, as well as using them on my site. http://www.mediahelpingmedia.org/view/526/234/
Feel free to add a comment to the piece if you want to.
I need some assistance. I am not very computer literate, but can make my way around. I am trying to download the social media icons and believe I have done that.
However, I don’t know how to (A) view them on my computer without going through all of this zip/unzip stuff and (B) don’t know how to put the icon on my email and embed a hyperlink to it.
Can someone help me out?
I’d love to see icons for Wakoopa.com, Wozai.cc, Plurk.com & Senatus.net
Other than that, an awesome set!
One of the best sets I’ve seen with such great coverage of all the social media out there.
This is great resource (bookmark now) thanks. Missing the blip.fm icon I use it a lot…
Thanks for all the amazing icons. You really did a good job. But I would like it, if you could ad an ICQ-Icon, too.
Thanks! Awesome icons!
Could you add the formspring’s icon to your set? http://www.formspring.me
It is a site of questions, and is becoming a sensation in my country, several people have already registered and created their profiles, and I would like to add an icon of it on my blog to promote my profile as well as people do with the icons "follow me on Twitter.
Thanks in advance.
Thanks for this great icons! Could you add a Videolog icon too? http://www.videolog.com.br
They’re perfect! I literally have had this page open on my #1 tab for the last 6 months refreshing once a day for this update. Excellent!
You star, they’re gorgeous! Now… how about Second Life and Avatars United? G’wan…
Awesome set, thank you! I do have a request, though: Amie Street.
Amazing set. Great idea to do the updates! Keep them coming…
These are great! Very handy. If I ever use them, I’ll link back to your site on my blog :D
I see you’ve added quite a bit of new icons since the last time I downloaded this. Thanks for your great work. I’m still hoping you’ll add a deviantART icon. It’s the internet’s biggest art community so I’m sure lots of people (like me) would find it useful.
Thanks for the great work!
- Colour Lovers
Hi Paul, I love the icons (and use them on my site - with attribution, of course) but find myself wishing you had a Github icon.
I built my own poor facsimile for now (here: http://x451.com/images/icons.png) but just wanted to point it out! You’re missing the de facto programming social network.
Thanks for the amazing work!
Great set, thanks and congrats.
Have you considered a Google Buzz icon?
Also I’m not too keen on the YouTube icon, could it not be closer to the YouTube logo? Maybe I’m just wrong.
I like them a lot! But I can’t find WordPress …
Could you make a Blogger icon?
Fantastic set of icons!
Just one request from my side would be: (since there’s already a Nike+ one)
For all social runners out there fond of icons
You are doing a great job! Thanks!
Great icons Paul. I’ve just used the large res ones for a restyle of my personal site; Having the Dribbble icon sold them to me!
Yo Paul – now Spotify has viewable profiles – please can we have a Spotify one? Please?
Can we have a blip.fm one?
Hey Paul, I recently updated some of my icons to yours, they’re nice. The one exception is YouTube – the play button isn’t really recognized as youtube, it’s usually their square logotype.
Any thoughts on changing/updating that to their red/white logo they use?
It’s been a while since I responded to the comments in the thread, so I’ll attempt to answer some of your questions now.
In terms of adding additional icons, I’m currently considering adding the following icons in the next up date:
- BBC iD
Given the current number of icons in this package, I’d be very interested to hear your thoughts on which icons should now be removed.
With regards to icons for WordPress and Blogger, I encourage you to read my most recent blog post on the matter: Social Media Icons: A Rationale.
The short answer is that I don’t plan on adding icons for every type publishing platform – especially when the ‘Website’ icon fulfils this role. Nor do I anticipate updating the YouTube icon to match the current favicon, because frankly, it’s ugly.
I am thinking about ways in which I can provide a template file with this package though, which would allow you to create your own icons in a similar style. If you have suggestions as to which format(s) this should be available in, please let me know!
Thanks for your support,
Hi, I was looking for a great social media icon pack and luckily stumbled upon yours. Thanks for this.
Regarding your last comment, I would like the template to be available in .psd and Fireworks .png formats. :)
I would like to have the template as a .pds-File and a partly-transparent .png-file (so that you can just lay it over an existing icon) and this icons should you remove in my opinion:
- Just Giving
- Fire Eagle
Thank you! Perfect! Just what I needed! :)
looks so clean…
Thanx man <3
Thank you! Brilliant set!
I would like to see a “soup.io”-Icon…
Yes, please add a Spotify icon!
Excellent icons. THANK YOU FOR POSTING!!!
- How about a generic RSS icon?
- Would you consider making them into one or more large pallets suitable for embedding via the CSS sprite technique? I’ll probably wind up making my own collage of icons, but having them available grouped into a few large images would be helpful for embedding in large Web applications.
Awesome work! Thank you very much indeed.
I’d second the suggestion of a Google Reader icon, and would also suggest icons for Libre.fm, Filmaker.com and iheartmovies.com.
Perhaps the addition of a blank icon to the pack could help others rolling their own particular icons without hassling you so much? Just a suggestion, of course.
Speaking of which: as I assume we all prefer using your icons instead of text links (that’s why we’re here, after all!), may I also suggest that you add an icon to your own website, so that we may link back to you with style? ;)
Thank you again and best regards.
Be great if you could add a FormSpring.me icon :D… lovin’ the icons and keep up the good work :)
We love this, +1 for Google Reader. We’d love to contribute, do you have PayPal? tnx
You should make a Formspring.me social icon :)
Thank you for these great icons and applause for your great work. I’m really happy to see your greut work under a Creative Commons Licence so I can use them in my blog. Of course with a backlink to you. ;-)
Will there be an FriendFeed-Icon coming up?
Greetings form Hamburg/Germany
Awesome work!!! :) Two suggestions:
- A Small World (HQ logo http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/profile-ak-snc4/object3/253/82/n194787020229_6888.jpg)
Thank you for creating these and sharing them. They are well-crafted and each of the icons plays well with others. I am especially pleased that you included email, iTunes, and AIM icons, as these are (apparently) often overlooked by icon designers. Email and AIM are social networks too!
Thank you! These are perfect.
Excellent icon set! Would love to see a FanBridge icon amongst them. (http://www.fanbridge.com/)
Great icon set and also very complete. Sure gonna use this on my current site update. Thank you very much!!
Thanks for this. Just what I have been looking for and then some I am sure that I could use down the road. Very helpful.
I would love a Zune icon added.
Also, how about one with the generic podcast symbol?
Firstly, thank you for this amazing set of icons. These are clearly the best looking. Secondly, I think this set needs a Fiverr bookmark as fiverr.com is gaining popularity and has built a basis for some many people’s talents and offers. Another website that I think deserves an icon of your awesome set is Cuil, the search engine established by former Google employees.
Hi there, thanks a lot for these wonderful Icons! However, I have a request: Please add (all) Mobile Me icons. See me.com for further details. And Wordpress would be nice, too!
Thanks a lot! Carlo
If you’re still taking requests, I’d like to see them for Pandora and Google Voice. Thanks!
Is there any chance you could do some extras? Specifically:
They’re three fairly well known and fairly popular social networks so I think they’d be a valid addition to the pack. :)
Also, the “google-16x16” icon looks a little blurry if you look carefully, and not as crisp as other icons in the set. Any chance you could refine that a little?
Great set! Is a attribution link in the css-file (were I code them as a background-image) ok? Or should it be in the HTML file?
I love the icons, but I’m missing one icon. A icon of Game Center on iOS. Maybe you could make an icon for that?
GREAT WORK! I really appreciate the effort you put into these, cleanest looking set of icons i’ve seen.
Just echoing one of the previous suggestions, an RSS icon would be pretty essential for the set. I noticed you have a nice looking on in this site’s header, so maybe you could use that? Thanks!
Wow, I’m sorry for the first comment, you did include the RSS icon! it was just called feed. Thanks so much!
Very nice icons, use them on several sites.
Kind requests: Google+, Soundcloud, Govloop
Look forward to the next update!
Hello Paul! I’d like to request a Zerply icon. I noticed Zootool logo and icon is very similar to the Zerply, with the same color on the icon. Though I hope you could add Zerply. Thanks!
I wanna +1 the kind request for http://soundcloud.com
Besides that: A wonderful set, thanks for sharing!
Thanks a lot; I’ve been looking for a set that includes a Goodreads icon.
I really appreciate this post. I have been looking everywhere for this! Thank goodness I found it on Bing. You’ve made my day! Thanks again!
Thanks very much for including a Goodreads icon. This is a lovely set!
Beautiful set! I really appreciate the Goodreads icon, and would love to see Pinterest in a future update. Thank you so much!
Nice icon set! Would be nice if you could add a Stackoverflow icon. http://stackexchange.com/about/logos
Thanks a lot!
Hope you can include a TripAdvisor icon on your next update. Thanks!
p.s. And the new red Google+ icon too. Thanks
+1 on the request for the StackExchange icons. Those would be great. :)