If the number of shares was displayed adjacent to the share buttons, would it result in a "herd instinct" and encourage more readers to share?
I think so. That herd instinct thing is very very real. I see it a lot on facebook. Especially with the 'likes.' If I say something funny and two people hit 'like,' it's common that several more will follow.
Of course the negative is if no one has shared something then people may think the thing isn't worth sharing.
We used to display the number of shares next to the buttons, actually. However, it slowed down the load time of the page considerably, and after extensive testing, we found that the number of shares was not significantly higher with the numbers showing than without.
In general, this technique is only effective with articles that already have shares in the hundreds and thousands, which is only the case for an extremely small percentage of existing Hubs since most Hub traffic is from Google, not social media. In the end, we decided the faster loading time would be of a much broader benefit to more Hubbers.
That's interesting that page load times were slower. Is that because the social networking sites have to be interrogated on the fly to get data on shares? If the numbers were held locally and incremented each time a share was made, presumably this wouldn't affect load times. Of course the numbers then wouldn't reflect unshares made directly on the social sites or secondary shares of original shares.
Anyway you've done the testing Christy and it wasn't worthwhile, so it's back to the drawing board for more brainwaves!
by K Kiss2 years ago
A few weeks or maybe a month or two ago I recall being able to see the number of facebook, twitter, pinterest shares etc next to my hubs. Now the social media buttons have changed and I can only see the social media...
by Mary Hyatt4 years ago
My feed is full of "shares" by a Hubber. HP recommends we do not share our own Hubs too frequently, why can't that apply to multiple sharings by the same Hubber for other Hubs. I don't think they...
by Sharooq Farzeen A K2 years ago
The social network share button in hubs is too small for people to notice.I feel that if it is made larger more people can like/share our hubs,given they like it.
by L.M. Hosler17 months ago
The share buttons seem to be missing from hubs. Anyone else having this problem?
by Glenn Stok4 years ago
I think it would be useful to have a column added to the statistics page that shows the total number of shares for each hub (Tweets and Facebook likes). There is not enough room to add two columns. So this could be a...
by OSBERT JOEL C2 years ago
New superb share buttons replaces the old share buttons. These include share buttons of facebook, google plus, twitter, pinterest and hubpages.
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