If you have no idea what I’m talking about, this is the bar on the left of this text that allows you to share this post on various sites such as Facebook, Google+, Twitter, etc.
There are a few reasons to that change.
First, the very first floating bar I had ever installed to a site was the Digg Digg bar indeed, but it was buggy, slow, and not always that convenient. Looking for a replacement, I had found the Get Social bar, but it never really fully satisfied me for a few reasons (limited choice of sharing icons, I have the feeling that it slowed down my site, etc).
Recently, Digg Digg was bought off by Buffer App, and they completely revamped the plugin and it seems to be working perfectly now (I just with one could get rid of the rounded corner).
So, while I’m not 100% I’m gonna keep it (I’m still more or less testing it), chances are looking good that I will.
This is where you come in though as I need your feedback. After all, this bar is for you to use, not me.
Before we go into details, you may have noticed that in addition of the floating bar, there are now small share icons at the end of the text.
My question is quite simple and you may have already figured it out:
In your opinion, what services/buttons should be included in the floating bar? And in the list of small buttons after the text?
Basically for each service, would you mind telling me if you use or would use such a button and where do you think it should be located?
- First of all, Google+, Facebook and Twitter buttons are not going anywhere and will stay in the top three in the foreseeable future (and it goes without saying that I invite you to follow me there – the links are on the top right sidebar in the blog, I’m sure you know where).
- Recently, Pinterest has become very popular very quickly, so I included a share button. However, I’m not sure many of my readers use it. Do you? Should I include the button?
- Stumble Upon. Sometimes, some of my content get “stumbled” but is it through this button? Is it really useful? Once again, I’d like to know your opinion if you’re a stumbler – or I’d like to know if it bothers you if you’re not one.
- Reddit. Well, same as Stumble Upon really. Is this button really useful?
- Linkedin. Have you ever shared anything on Linkedin? Should I include a button?
- Buffer. I don’t know anyone that uses the service, but as they provided this revamped Digg Digg bar, I’m including the button at the moment as a courtesy. Not sure how long I should keep it though. And actually, if you’re a user, I’d like to know your feedback about the tool. I tried to use it, but I’m not sure I understood how to use it properly (I already use su.pr to schedule my tweets when needed, is it all what Buffer does, or does it do more?)
- Flattr. I’ve never used it before. I’m testing it right now. Once again, if you’re a user, don’t hesitate to give me your thoughts.
- Are there other services that are not included here and that should be in your opinion?
So I guess my questions can be summarized as such:
Do you think it’s a good idea to have this or that button? If you’re a user of the service will you use the button? If you’re not a user, does the presence of the button bother you? Where should each button be? In the floating bar? at the bottom of the text? In both places?
Don’t be shy or quiet, share your thoughts with me in the comments.
Thanks in advance.