Last week Tumblr released a share button, and Google will be releasing a +1 button soon.
Can we stop with all the damn buttons?
Buttons ruin web site and blog design. How the hell am I supposed to cram 8 different share buttons into every post? And why should I? As a self-absorbed, egotistical blogger, of course I want my content shared and ranking high in search engines. Thatâ€™s what every publisher on the web wants.
But Iâ€™m not going to bow to every damn network that makes a button so people can post it to that network. If I did, there would be no content on my blog. All that would be left would be hundreds of meaningless buttons that donâ€™t give my readers any value. It would be like the Hamster Dance, but without anything adorable and terribly annoying.Â Itâ€™s 2011. We donâ€™t need another hamster dance.
If people find content meaningful and useful, they will share it and link to it. We donâ€™t need to make it that much easier for them. And publishers shouldnâ€™t have to worry about remaking their website every night just because another share button is released. We work hard to make our designs useable and matching our personalities, not those of Google, Facebook, Twitter, tumblr, LinkedIn, and every social network.
Let me worry about making nice content. If the content is good enough, my readers will share it. If it sucks, they wonâ€™t. Thatâ€™s how these things work. Buttons will never fix that fundamental truth.
I love this. I want to share this. Whereâ€™s the button?
Seriously, remember those refer-a-friend things that every “expert” said you HAD to have? Remember how those faded away like the stupid crap they are? This is just deja vu all over again.
I share good stuff every day without a button, and I fail to share all kinds of stuff which has buttons everywhere. You can program your HTML, but you canâ€™t program me.
Damn. And here I was thinking I could program someone to make me a cup of coffee.
word. I have stripped down all the buttons off of my blog (the tweet meme, the GFC, the Networked blogs, etc.) Now, I just have some social buttons on the side bar and the like button. and THATâ€™S IT!
however, every time I do a blog design I am always asked to do those ‘cute customized sharing buttonsâ€™. *sigh*
You should use the icon set I used on April Foolâ€™s Day that made them all into hearts. It was disgusting. That will scare everyone from using them.
Practice what you preach Jay, and strip all those buttons from your own wordpress theme.
Would be nice to see if youâ€™re right about people sharing your stuff anyway without thos frigginâ€™ buttons on your website.
I try to keep them to a minimum, based on where I see people sharing my stuff. I want to make it easier for the people who send love my way.
I am self-absorbed though and always want new followers for my cult.
I really despise that +1 button. Iâ€™m not going to be going back to the search results just to click the +1 button.
You should create your own button, just to be spiteful. The ‘Iâ€™m Anti-This Postâ€™ button.
One day Iâ€™ll commission a developer to the F%&$ You! button.
The beloved share button… The more of them I see the less I want to share. Truth is, if i ‘stumble uponâ€™ sth that i ‘likeâ€™ i will share it if itâ€™s GOOD. Seems to me like already too many people have the urge and deep desire to ‘shareâ€™ any piece of information they find - and I end up being spammed on any social site i exist.
drop the freakin buttons and try to come up with quality content that will make me WANT TO spread the news.
While youâ€™re crafting that “FYou!” button Jay, Iâ€™m in the market for some “what he, she said” and maybe “WTH?” buttons. Making it easy to share for slackers too lazy to copy and paste is one thing.. more is just more. If a blogger wants overkill, maybe add sound to their crappy popup ads - then Iâ€™ll know to never return. FWIW.
I love how bloggers make the trade off between content, visitors and advertising the owners of these buttons. Somehow they do own you as a blogger. I unconsciously spite the buttons, often I catch myself copy/pasting links directly to avoid using them. Somehow, even in the online world I enjoy sticking to the traditional, long and maybe more challenging way of getting things done. With things changing quickly, we can hope for the buttons to be replaced by the next annoying marketing gag in no time.