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Author Topic: The social network icon flood is getting crowded  (Read 2667 times)
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« on: July 30, 2011, 10:26:47 PM »


Saw this line of social network icons on an article page today. This is crazy. It's almost a cry for help -- "Look at me! Comment on me! Tell your friends about me!"
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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2011, 10:41:52 PM »

                              

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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2011, 10:47:09 PM »

I was about to say that Google+ was missing, but I guess it having a blue icon is not what I would expect from a google product. Yellow or red (or both) is more their style. Not that it matters - I don't use Google+. cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2011, 11:08:54 PM »

There should only be an icon that goes (few lines down) to the same page's comment form  tongue
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« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2011, 02:08:49 AM »

I don't have icons on my site. I noticed speed increase when i removed that. These sharethis, diggthis or social icons make more external HTTP requests which increases the load time. So i simply removed it. One more thing, people hardly share using these icons.

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« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2011, 03:36:36 AM »

AddThis for the rescue? Wink
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« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2011, 04:17:04 AM »

AddThis for the rescue? Wink

Yes! Not 10, but 10,000 icons~! cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2011, 05:13:18 AM »

Addthis, Sharethis, Onlywire are adding clutter too. Besides some of them do have security issues as well.

http://www.addthis.com/bl...addthis-wordpress-plugin/

http://wordpress.org/supp...ity-risks-with-share-this
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« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2011, 05:29:10 AM »

I could not resist the temptation and placed a couple of buttons on my web, but I am trying to keep the number reasonable.

10 is too much, 4 is the right number for me. People hate to have too many options.

I good rule is to add a social network button only after some visitors came from that network without having the button.
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« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2011, 05:34:00 AM »

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I good rule is to add a social network button only after some visitors came from that network without having the button.
I like this approach. If user is from google+ then ask him to like FB or Tweet. If he's from facebook, ask him to +1 on g+, tweet and others.
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