Too Many Buttons?

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I just read a thought provoking blog post about the myriad of social sharing buttons that litter most websites and blogs these days – although perhaps “litter” is the wrong word?

Is it a good thing to offer so many ways of sharing content or is it just a nuisance? I have quite a range of social sharing buttons on my own websites – hopefully I haven’t gone overboard, but I intend keeping an eye on things in case I get carried away!

And now that Facebook has introduced the Send button, that’s yet another way to share.

The article I read suggests that we could perhaps have one unified “mega button” in future, I wonder if that would be the best solution?

What do you think?  Is it good to have lots of ways to share web content or do multiple buttons turn you off?



  1. I have to admit that I haven’t got any on my site so far – working on the assumption that if people want to share a post they can probably cut and paste the address into whatever social media tool they’re using. However, I really like the way your buttons expand here, so even though there’s a lot of them, they don’t take up too much real estate on your screen… may be something for me to consider in the future.

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