| 1:09 pm on Aug 2, 2014 (gmt 0)|
Why not try a free "tell a friend" or sharing widget? Most off them generate nice statistics with #clicks and #shares. Then you can decide to build your own.
I get daily clicks from my sharing widget..
| 2:30 pm on Aug 2, 2014 (gmt 0)|
What are the pros and cons of developing your own social widget versus using a free social widget?
Privacy (commercial widget data is shared)
Faster load time
Total control over integration with your layout
Any other pros and cons?
| 3:09 pm on Aug 2, 2014 (gmt 0)|
The con could be that, unless it is developed correctly, it could be susceptible to spammers using it to email a bunch of people.
So make sure that if you DO decide to use your own, that it is secure and adheres to an of the canspam acts.
| 3:17 pm on Aug 2, 2014 (gmt 0)|
Any free sharing widgets you'd like to recommend?
| 4:30 pm on Aug 2, 2014 (gmt 0)|
A major con of your own widget is the support of different social media platforms. The free ones support around 200 platforms. In my sharing stats i see social media sites i never heard of.
| 4:53 pm on Aug 2, 2014 (gmt 0)|
Total waste of time.
Implemented them many years ago, many customers had them, very few people used them.
| 7:48 pm on Aug 2, 2014 (gmt 0)|
The question isn't really how many people would use it, total. The question is how many people would use a widget who would not otherwise mention your site on their own initiative, whether in direct email ("You said you were looking for a place to buy small purple widgets") or by posting to social media ("Let me take a moment to sing the praises of smallpurplewidgets dot com").
People who want to recommend a page on facebook certainly don't seem to have any trouble doing so without further hand-holding from me.