Share Buttons Should Be Labeled, No?
I have a pet peeve that I have been seeing more and more lately and it surprised me. It’s the social share buttons I come across. When I go to share posts from blogs the share button says @wordpress.com or via @Shareaholic. I then have to manually change it on Twitter if I want to give credit to who wrote the piece. I see this on WordPress.com blogs, Shareaholic buttons and Digg Digg buttons. See below how it shows @wordpress.com? My poor friend Adrianna hasn’t added a Twitter account yet – she is too busy being a fantastic hair stylist and salon owner. But I’ll use her as the example today so I do not offend any blogging friends.
This is an easy fix and I don’t understand why more bloggers don’t use it. It helps to see who is the author and give credit to them on the social networks. All one has to do is to fill out the pieces with their user name. I will use an example of one of my WordPress sites to show how it’s done.
I’m going to focus on Twitter here but the same can be done for the other share options available. So you just click on Twitter and a screen will ask your Twitter username and will ask you for permission to connect the account.
After you authorize your Twitter handle for the share buttons it will come up like this next. Only select this option if there are more than one user of the blog. Some multi-author blogs can choose this option.
And now you can see the difference below that the share buttons will make, when someone clicks the tweet button. And the same would go for the other social share buttons too. This is one of my own WordPress.com blogs for a reunion I help put together for workers of a newspaper I once worked at.
You can also do this with the Digg Digg plug – in for the WordPress self hosted websites. You go into your Digg Digg plug-in and then to your Global configurations there and you will see this screen where you can add your usernames. You also can add your username for the Buffer. The Buffer is really a must and you know how much I love the Buffer app.
I have not used the Shareaholic share button – everytime I visit a blog with it it takes much longer to share and process. I would highly recommending going with Digg Digg for your share buttons and that app will also track your shares with its analytics. Very nice feature!
Will you change your share buttons today if they are showing up as WordPress.com, Shareaholic or Digg Digg?