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Add more ways to share and show approval.

  1. DS Dollman profile image97
    DS Dollmanposted 2 weeks ago

    I know I saw this suggestion years ago, but I like to share on Twitter and Google Plus. It would be helpful if there was more ways to share articles I enjoyed reading.

    There are also times when I enjoy reading an article, but don't have a lot to say about it. It would be nice to have a "like" button. I disagree with dislike or emoticons--too childish. I'm talking about something simple and unique to Hub Pages that says "I enjoyed reading this piece" without having to go into too much detail.

    1. Marketing Merit profile image96
      Marketing Meritposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

      Probably the easiest way to share, where no buttons exist, is to install add-ons/extensions to your particular web browser.

      As regards the 'like' button, I tend to agree. The same should apply to the forum section also. You often see +1 written as a means of liking a comment, which seems a rather cumbersome way of expressing appreciation.

      1. DS Dollman profile image97
        DS Dollmanposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

        It just seems so logical to me. If we're trying to get the word out, why not make it easier? I already have so much on my computer and everything else that I share is already connected to all the social networks. Hub Pages is the only one that is not. It's just odd, in a way. Thank you for the suggestion and please don't misunderstand, but telling people they have to add more doo dads to their computer to promote and share their work and the work of others is literally making it harder for people to promote and share rather than easier. Thanks for your comments.

        1. Marketing Merit profile image96
          Marketing Meritposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

          As Jan said above, we did have the share buttons at one time although I don't recall the official reason for their removal. They may have been under utilised or not generated much traffic. The other consideration is the speed at which pages load and the bandwidth they used. Scripts associated with social share buttons do slow down page speed. In general, you'll find more and more sites removing them in an effort to optimise their site.
          Hope this helps, but I doubt very much that they will be reintroduced.

  2. Sue Adams profile image97
    Sue Adamsposted 2 weeks ago

    I support the idea of adding Google plus and Twitter to the share buttons.

    Adding a like button only serves an author's ego which is not conducive to making more money here, so I would leave that one out. The team have more important things to do, like getting through the edit queue to get our articles onto the niche sites a.s.a.p.

  3. Kenna McHugh profile image86
    Kenna McHughposted 2 weeks ago

    I am all for social media buttons - Twitter and such.

  4. DS Dollman profile image97
    DS Dollmanposted 2 weeks ago

    Sue, I guess the like button doesn't make sense for promotions. I like the "like" button because it tells me readers are actually interested in the topic. If they are, then I write more on the topic. I tend to write about subjects that interest me, so it would be helpful to know if they interest others, as well. But you're right--not helpful.
    Kenna, you're absolutely right. I mentioned the social media I use, but there should be a list of them alongside the articles. We don't have many ways to promote online articles and social media is key.

  5. janshares profile image99
    jansharesposted 2 weeks ago

    We actually used to have all of those buttons. HP removed them a couple years ago. I found them valuable as well, DS.

    1. DS Dollman profile image97
      DS Dollmanposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

      That's interesting--I wonder why? Thank you!

      1. janshares profile image99
        jansharesposted 2 weeks agoin reply to this

        Trying to streamline the site and get rid of things that were taking up space or not used (like G+). We were also told we can use our devices to share on twitter and fb. You're welcome. smile

 
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