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Social sharing icons: A waste of space?

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by jauburn, Aug 4, 2015.

  1. jauburn

    jauburn Well-Known Member

    I had a hunch that the "social sharing" icons are rarely, if ever, used, so I went looking for some research on this issue and found this.

    I'm tempted to disable the social sharing icons, since they seem just to take up space and are almost never used. How about you? Do you find that they're used? Do you have any way of tracking their use?
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  2. RDR

    RDR Well-Known Member

  3. jauburn

    jauburn Well-Known Member

  4. Cthulhux

    Cthulhux Member

    IMNSHO: Users are mostly smart enough to use Firefox's built-in "social sharing" functions and/or able to copy&paste URLs.
  5. ŽivaAkcija

    ŽivaAkcija Well-Known Member

    i dont use it on my forum
  6. Jaxel

    Jaxel Well-Known Member

  7. digitalpoint

    digitalpoint Well-Known Member

    You can do it with Google Analytics.

  8. dethfire

    dethfire Well-Known Member

    Every major site has social media links. Do you really want to argue with billions of $$$ of marketing research? If it's not working for you, then your implementation is poor.
  9. jauburn

    jauburn Well-Known Member

    Hey, before tech stocks crashed in 2000, billions of $$$ were betting that they wouldn't. Before the U.S. decided to bomb the hell out of Iraq, billions of idiots believed the U.S. government when it said there were weapons of mass destruction there, waiting to kill us all.

    So sure, I'm willing to argue against the herd any day of the week. That's why I asked.
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  10. dethfire

    dethfire Well-Known Member

    If you are just using the default XF social icons at the bottom of the page, then yes, they are near useless. That doesn't mean social icons in general are useless. It's all about proper implementation. XF gets this majorly wrong.
  11. jauburn

    jauburn Well-Known Member

    Those are the ones I was talking about.
  12. OperaManiac

    OperaManiac Well-Known Member

    Official icons add too much JavaScript on your webpage. Gets blocked by most privacy related browser add-ons. Most people active on Facebook and Twitter are probably already using browser plugins for sharing. I recently got rid of them and I am perfectly ok with that.
  13. dethfire

    dethfire Well-Known Member

    Maybe for pinterest, but I can't imagine that is true for FB or Twitter
  14. OperaManiac

    OperaManiac Well-Known Member

    maybe. i am active on twitter and google+. i use a plugin that lets me share from context menu on page and links. works great. i do not like to use social buttons on websites because they add their own content to the shared excerpt and i do not like that. plus they try to get interactive by providing the follow button. Twitter in some cases automatically follows the account if I use a share button on some websites.

    I assume a lot of heavy users of social media have some system in place for quick sharing on their choice of networks!

    Of course as one user mentioned... Firefox has internal feature. Google was experimenting with same but killed that component a while ago.
  15. thumped

    thumped Well-Known Member

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  16. dethfire

    dethfire Well-Known Member

    My community has a very low tolerance for clutter and social media buttons so I just have text links loaded above the editor
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  17. kontrabass

    kontrabass Well-Known Member

    Interesting. Looked up the stats on GA, found we had <15 social share actions in the past 30 days. I hate how slow they are to load, so just disabled the stock XF social sharing buttons. Will look into add-ons.

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