Excessive Sharing

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  1. ithabise profile image72
    ithabiseposted 11 years ago

    I think there should be a daily limit on sharing. Some hubbers go overboard with the button! I find it frustrating having to work through shared hubs just to locate newer content. Sharing is a nice gesture and should continue, especially for worthwhile material. But there should be a limit on it. What do you think?

    1. Hyphenbird profile image81
      Hyphenbirdposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I agree with you. Many times I log onto HubPages only to find the entire first page of the feed is Shares. It is too much and annoys me since I want to find new Hubs. Also sometimes the same Hub is shared by more than one person. Maybe HP could adjust settings so a Hub can only be shared once a day. More and more I hear others mention that sharing is a becoming a problem or issue that needs attention. I am glad to know it is not just me.

    2. derek gulbranson profile image79
      derek gulbransonposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Perhaps the appropriate response should be to no longer follow that Hubber?

      1. ithabise profile image72
        ithabiseposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        But we may like the hubber and wish to follow them otherwise, based on how HP tells us to choose those we wish to follow: real interest in them. Hubbers are not perfect people! Some write crappy content; others are not the nicest of folk in their comments (I'd be inclined to unfollow these!) This one, however, abuses the Share button. Apart from that I may still wish to be his follower.

        1. derek gulbranson profile image79
          derek gulbransonposted 11 years agoin reply to this

          Thanks. That makes sense.

          I'd be curious to hear the perspective of one of the over-sharers. I wonder if there's any valid reason for it.

  2. Wesley Meacham profile image60
    Wesley Meachamposted 11 years ago

    I can see the reasoning behind that. I personally share on average about two to three hubs per day. Some days I share as many as five but never more than that and never all at the same time. There wouldn't be any point. Not only that but I think that people would unfollow you.

    I've not seen anyone sharing excessively. And if I did I would simply unfollow. Like you I would find it annoying. Sometimes I'd rather read new content and as often as not the hub being shared is on a subject I'm not truly interested in. The hubs that seemed to get shared a lot tend to be political in nature. These are almost never worth reading in my opinion. Every single political hub I've looked at, regardless of ideology, has been simply rehashed bottom rung rantings. In only one did I actually learn something useful and that came from the comments section and not the hub itself.

    Consequntly if I see a religious or political hub being shared I ignore it but I do take notice of who shared it to me and sometime in the future if they keep sharing hubs that I deem unworthy I'll probably unfollow.

    1. ithabise profile image72
      ithabiseposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I wholeheartedly agree with your sentiments. You've imposed limits on yourself--three and never more than five a day--but this isn't the case with some people. I don't like the back-to-back shared hubs or sharing a "Hub of the Day" that is on everyone's feed page!

      So I actually have done what you said: I've unfollowed people simply because sharing got out of control.

      This is a community, so sharing makes sense. But it does well not to be annoying, too.

      1. wilderness profile image94
        wildernessposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        It isn't just here, either.  I've got a couple of people in my G+ circle that "share" 8-10 hubs, all their own, every day with no comment or anything else.  Just getting backlinks out there.

        They won't be in my circles for long if it continues.

        1. ithabise profile image72
          ithabiseposted 11 years agoin reply to this

          I have one of these, too.

  3. MsDora profile image93
    MsDoraposted 11 years ago

    I'm not in the habit of sharing my own hubs, but It just so happens that I shared one today.  I thought it was wise to do after I edited it.  However, after reading how disgusted it can be to some folks, I'll think twice, three times before doing it again.  I can remember thanking a hubber or two for sharing a hub I may have overlooked when it was new.  I'm glad I participated in this forum, and that I heard other people's perspective.

    1. ithabise profile image72
      ithabiseposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for a good attitude about it. I too think it can be beneficial in the way you've mentioned (noticing something overlooked or completely new to you). But it can be overbearing, like Hyphenbird spoke of. I think Wesley's practice of perhaps not more than five a day (or maybe not more than 7-8x) is something HP should take into consideration.

  4. Millionaire Tips profile image90
    Millionaire Tipsposted 11 years ago

    I've seen some Hubbers who share hubs as a way to get more shares.  The concept is that if they share one of your hubs, you return the favor by sharing one of theirs.  However, this does get carried too far. They don't have the time to look for a particular hub, and sometimes they will share without even leaving a comment. 

    I've seen one Hubber who shared five hubs in less than a minute, and you know that they didn't have the time to read them. I have stopped following people who do this.

    It does crowd up the feed, makes me miss the new hubs as they come in (the ones I want to see), and the shares aren't always the particular good hubs. I also prefer to see the new hubs over the shared hubs.  I do wish there was a filter that would let you see just the new hubs.

    I only share hubs that I particularly like and I think my followers will like.  It is usually averages to one a day or less, sometimes I will find up to three (not all at the same time), but other days I don't have any. 

    I think the problem is that we don't have a clear definition of what is too much. My feed screen only shows two posts before I have to scroll down, so technically I find two to be excessive, but will forgive people who don't do this routinely.

    1. Wesley Meacham profile image60
      Wesley Meachamposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I've seen many of the same "share mine and I'll share yours" crowd as well and though I like the idea and even attempt to participate it does leave me with a few logical questions. Part of the idea behind this would be that you're getting exposed to the other person's followers. This would be a good thing except that sometimes a large percentage of people may already be following both writers. Secondly, when you begin sharing for this reason you've no guarantee that the other person will reciprocate. I have to agree with your's and other's comments; there needs to be a limit, whatever that limit might be.

  5. Marcy Goodfleisch profile image83
    Marcy Goodfleischposted 11 years ago

    I have been glad, at times, that a hub was shared, and I've read it, but I have also been extremely annoyed at over-sharing or spamming.  In particular, someone recently posted just about every hub they'd ever written on Facebook (on one of the HP groups there).  For days on end, at least five a day would be posted, and I would get emails.  I finally unfollowed the person on HP (I like them as a person, but I couldn't handle the spamming) and I shut off the email feed for that FB group. I believe this person was posting hubs in an effort to create traffic and get rid of the 'Idled' status on some poems (almost everything they posted was poetry).

    The sad thing is that there are many things I would probably like to have continued getting from that feed, but because of this one person, I'm avoiding that traffic. If people only realized the negative consequences of those actions, they might think twice.

  6. Mark Ewbie profile image81
    Mark Ewbieposted 11 years ago

    I believe sharing your own stuff is pointless. There is no sense of whether it is 'worth' being shared. Oh sure, we are all proud of our stuff but an unbidden share from someone who genuinely thought it was worth sharing is worth far much more.

    1. ithabise profile image72
      ithabiseposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Very pointless.

      1. theclevercat profile image90
        theclevercatposted 11 years agoin reply to this


    2. Wesley Meacham profile image60
      Wesley Meachamposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I've seen this... and from some of the people who are supposedly doing very well. I've been wondering why they would share their own hubs. I agree with you that it seems pointless but I've still been trying to figure out their reasoning. The best I can come up with is that it might be an older hub that they've recently updated. Or they might be sharing older hubs during the weeks that they haven't written anything new.

      It is about like saying, "Hey look at me! Look at me!"

  7. Shaddie profile image76
    Shaddieposted 11 years ago

    You can share hubs??

    1. profile image0
      calculus-geometryposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      There's a link on the right side of every article that says "Hubpages Followers." If you click it, the article will appear in the feed of people who follow you.

      1. Shaddie profile image76
        Shaddieposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        Well my goodness, now I know why there are always a bunch of totally random hubs on my main page when I only watch about 10 people...

        1. ithabise profile image72
          ithabiseposted 11 years agoin reply to this

          Beneath the title will be "by XXX shared by XXX # minutes ago" - these are shared hubs.

  8. IzzyM profile image86
    IzzyMposted 11 years ago

    I have also unfollowed people who over-share. Some of these people I really like too, but when they share everything, including the HOTD, it's overkill.

    1. Wesley Meacham profile image60
      Wesley Meachamposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Sharing the HOTD is far beyond pointless it is absurd. I would have to question someone's intelligence on this one. Surely they must know that every single one of their followers in addition to the entire rest of the HP community has already seen it...

      1. SmartAndFun profile image93
        SmartAndFunposted 11 years agoin reply to this

        I am (for now) following someone who shares the HOTD almost every day. yikes
        Nice person. Don't want to drop them, but...... sheesh.

  9. SmartAndFun profile image93
    SmartAndFunposted 11 years ago

    I rarely go to my feed these days. The last time I did, I counted 15 shared hubs and 3 new ones on the first page. The shares were from two different hubbers who were apparently in competition with one another for most hubs shared in ten minutes. I guess I do need to do some unfollowing, but I hesitate to do it, mostly because I'm a ridiculous softie and partly because I'm lazy. Instead I just avoid the feed. I am sure I'm missing out on some interesting articles, though.

  10. kathleenkat profile image82
    kathleenkatposted 11 years ago

    I have never noticed this. Ever. I forgot there was even a "share" option.

    Hmm. I wonder why it's a problem for you all, and not me. I guess I follow less-active Hubbers. Or ones that don't share.

    1. Sally's Trove profile image77
      Sally's Troveposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      LOL I never "share" to HP feeds. Also, I never look at that feed because to me, it's a lot of unnecessary junk. I follow certain hubbers and I get news of their posts in email. I also check out new hubbers in different ways (like hopping or the rising star thing). That's enough for me. I don't need to be scanning those share feeds. It's a waste of my time...because it's a wonderful spam field.


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