If you are developing any kind of online property, such as a blog, you will need Social Media Icons. These icons will represent in-built “share” plugins linking to social networking sites. Your audience with accounts on these platforms can then share and promote your content to their personal networks. Your icon set will naturally have to be recognizable, using the logo and colors of these sites. But beyond that, you can also customize the icons to make them integrate more smoothly with the design of your site.
Here are some great options for social media icon sets you can license and download. They can also serve as great examples of how to go about designing your own.
60 Social Media Icons
80 Social Media Icons Pack
Social Media Icons Printed on White Paper
Free Round Social Media Icons
Social Media Icons Set
Why Do I Need Social Media for My Online Business?
This is how online businesses grow: through networks. Satisfied customers are the most effective marketers for your product or service, and they’ll usually do it for free on their own networks by telling their friends—if you provide an easy way for them to do so. Naturally, these are important features to add to any app or website, unless you intend to isolate your content completely and therefore sign a death sentence for your blog or online business.
You don’t need to go for the whole range and overload your page either. Choose an icon set and code in the links for at least the top 3 or 4 social networks that your audience will most likely be using.
How Do I Choose an Icon Set?
Any good web designer will tell you that for general purposes, vector icons in the flat design are the way to go. If you know nothing else about web design, this will be your safest option to keep you on par with everyone else.
All of the sample icon sets provided in this collection are in the flat vector design, for maximum utility. If you’re a bit more daring and you understand what you’re doing, rounded social media icons might work out for you as well.
Social Media Flat Icons
Social Media Round Icons
Social Icons Vector Set
Small Social Media Icons
Social Media Icons in PSD
How Do I Use These Icons?
You can find thousands of free and low-cost icon sets online, and it is not uncommon to find out you have the same kind that a lot of others are using. Professional designers will normally set usable icons in PSD or vector formats, so they can be easily customized and rescaled at high quality. (You’ll find this is the case with any social media icons pack in this list; some are available even as layered PSD files so you can change the colors as well as the sizes.)
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to lend a personalized touch, if you can be confident you know what you’re doing.
Can I Even Use Them?
Depends on the product specs, which you must learn to check every time you get your resources from online providers. There are some icon sets here that are royalty-free downloads, which means you may go ahead and use them anywhere you wish. Other sets may have licensing restrictions if you are going to use them in commercial projects. If you have to buy the icon set, it usually means you’re licensed to use and modify them to your needs.