I noticed tonight that the Flipboard share button is missing on all hubs. I checked a few niche sites and they are all missing. It doesn't matter if you're logged in or not.
In addition, the problem I reported a few weeks ago with Pinterest banning ToughNickel is still not fixed.
I sort of forgot the thread, but think it was a few weeks ago staff said they were discontinued.
They never informed like that. Rather, HP told that it is a good platform to attract the audience and so they have introduced the Flip button instead of Twitter and G+ buttons.
Yes, they inform like that. It was either Twitter or Flipboad. Something was discontinued and the staff confirmed such.
That was Twitter, they never mentioned Flipboard.
My guess would have to be if it is removed without some announcement it is a glitch of some sort. The other scenario is perhaps we are being pinged for spamming, much like what has happened with Pinterest in the past because people can't figure out a simple concept of how not to spam or overly self-promote.
The lingering issue with Pinterest is starting to really make me mad now. I had hubs that did extremely well on Pinterest that were moved to ToughNickel and their traffic has gone through the floor since this has been going on.
Glenn, I just noticed that the Flipboard button is missing after reading your post. Otherwise, I wouldn't have noticed it until I feel any need to share something.
I had not noticed, maybe the twitter button can come back then:)
I reckon Flipboard is not driving traffic for everyone so that could be the reason for removal.
I also had a problem with pinterest blocking a toughnickel hub yesterday.
I noticed today that the share button for flipboard no longer appears; now there is only a facebook button. However, I do see flipboard as a referrer in stats.
For a coup of hubs I got 1000-2000 views from flipboard; 50-100 is more typical. Some only get a handful from flipboard.
What really bothers me is that featured hubs won't get indexed on flipboard. And also the crazy way flipboard indexes, but the latter issue is not really anything HP can do anything about.
Catherine, I don't have any trouble flipping hubs. I just did a few this past week. And when they get moved to niche sites, I delete the old index and re flip. They always index the hubs on niche sites much better for some unknown reason.
I don't have trouble flipping, but the Flip button was easier. Just wondering why HP took it away. In my previous post I said I got 50-100 hits typically, and sometimes thousands. I realized that I typically get several hundred hits from Flipboard, maybe 300 or so. It all happens in the first couple of days, then fades away.
Based on all the replies in this thread, I need to set the record straight.
It was the Twitter share button that HubPages announced they had removed because Twitter was not bringing much traffic. That was months ago. They also announced at that time that they'd added a Flipboard share button because they saw that flipboard was working very well.
I used to tweet other people's hubs as well as my own. I never had much success with it, so I was not surprised to see it go.
As for Flipboard, I wrote a hub about it because it was bringing tremendous traffic, as many people who commented about it had attested to. That was why HubPages added the Flip Button, and said they added it for that reason.
I had flipped many other people's hubs into a magazine of Recommended Hubs. I also flipped many of my own. I do have to admit that recently I noticed a major reduction in flipboard traffic, but then again, we all know that Google traffic is presently in bad shape too.
I always read each weekly newsletter from HubPages, so I would know if they announced anything about this. I assume it must be a glitch until they say something to the contrary.
Sorry for the confusion on your thread Glenn. I probably shouldn't speculate it just adds confusion. I remember Twitter now, but I could almost swear staff came on and said Flipboard was phased out as well. Christy or Robin will finish their morning coffee and hop in lol.
Since you're insisting staff said they phased it out, tell me which HP newsletter you had read that in. As I said, I read every newsletter. Do you?
No, I'm not insisting. And I apologize for speculating, I just thought they came on and said so. Yes, I read all sorts of newsletters. Get over yourself. No reason to get rude and offensive, kind sir.
Speculating without confirmation is not being helpful to anyone. I am sure you would agree with that. I'm trying hard to keep people from getting confused by unconfirmed guesses.
I simply asked you if you read the HubPages newsletters. How is that being rude and offensive. Some people don't even know about it since they opted out of emails from HubPages in their settings without realizing it. Just bringing that to your attention.
I read all the notices and the only button which I know was phased out was Twitter. As far as I know there has been no mention of Flipboard ever being phased out. I have a Flipboard button on my chrome browser so I don't really mind one way or the other.
Just in case, add the button to your tab, I already had it but not used it since we have had the link on our hubs.
Flipboard never did anything for me. Google+ does bring in views to my blog. I'd would prefer a google+ button to a flipboard one, but that is my personal experience speaking.
Is there any way we can determine the number of flips, pins or tweets of our hubs? Where do webpages that display these stats on the share buttons source their data from? Is it held locally or does the hub webpage interrogate the social media sites for stats?
If you go to your stats page and click on referrers, it will show how many flipboard hits you have received in any day, week or month. Also, Traffic Sources on your account page will show similar info for overall flips. I get very few any more, but feel that every little bit helps.
I knew that Sondra, but it would be nice to get a further breakdown per hub.
When I suggested adding stats to the share buttons, I was told that it would have implications for load times. Surely it wouldn't take a huge amount of time to source stats from Flipboard, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ etc?
Actually it does use a significant amount of load time. Some social media share buttons are worse than others. It all depends on how they access the information.
We once had the stats in each button a long time ago. HubPages removed that and comtinued the buttons without the stats just for that reason. They mentioned the fact that the issue was the load time when they made the change.
That's a bummer that it's missing! I love Flipboard and I get lots of traffic for it. You can still copy and paste any hub link you like into Flipboard though...
You can see how much traffic your getting from certain networks in the "traffic sources" tab.
I looked at the source code in case something was broken and the only reference to Flipboard I found was this:
<div class="full module moduleAuthorBio flipboard-remove" id="mod_new4">
That's an interesting find Susannah. I had looked at the code within the <div id="social_share_widget"> and Flipboard was definitely removed.
That reference you found, "flipboard-remove", isn't in the share widget. It's not even in the <div id="social_share_wrapper">.
It looks like a CSS class and it should be defined in one of the four stylesheet files. I didn't go looking for it though. Maybe I'll look further into it on Monday, unless you beat me to it.
I sent an email to staff earlier today about this, but I don't expect a reply until after the weekend.
I received an answer from HubPages. They removed the Flipboard button because few people were using it.
As we can see from replies in this thread, most flipers bypass the button by installing the flip button in their browser. This is also why it looks like no one is using it.
As a programmer I can understand the decision to remove it, because every little bit of additional overhead slows down pageload. If few people use something, it goes. Even though Flipboard is still useful for traffic, the button isn't necessary.
Good to see that HubPages responded. Their decision is okay.
Thanks, Glen, for letting us know it.
Good to see the reasoning behind the change. I will continue to use it anyway. Strange sometimes how even when we are given the tools to gain traffic we don't use them. The niche HubPages sites should probably be more used to as I am seeing some articles from the niche sites appearing on my own facebook page.
I wasn't using it, because: until people started asking these questions about it, I'd never even heard of Flipboard. I still haven't checked out the site. Pinterest is enough of a time suck for me.
by Eugene Brennan8 months ago
Just wanted to share this. Someone pinned or "flipped" one of my hubs on Flipboard, a magazine site. So I've had a ton of traffic all morning. I made my own magazine and the traffic magnified even more!...
by John Coviello2 months ago
Did HubPages provide an explanation regarding why you can no longer easily share a Hub on Twitter using a button on the Hub? Why did they replace it with Flipboard?
by Don Bobbitt9 months ago
I don't get into these fights and disagreements with what HP does on a regular basis. But I looked at my Hubs and I only saw the four sites; Flipboard, Pinterest, Facebook and email in my share icons over the past week...
by Sam Montana7 months ago
Just wondering why the Twitter share button no longer shows on articles?
by Sharooq Farzeen A K3 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 OSBERT JOEL C3 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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