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March 6th, 2007 · 7 Comments

Neil Patel has written a very good article about social bookmarking over at Search Engine Land and it has prompted me to take down my old bookmarking buttons. As Neil alludes to in his piece, sometimes less is more so presenting readers of Twenty Steps with dozens of choices didn’t make sense.

I’m going to add in some kind of functionality to allow users to easily bookmark the site but I haven’t decided exactly how I’m going to present it. If anyone has any good WordPress plug ins they could recommend or ideas on the best way to work smart with social bookmarks, please feel free to leave a comment.

Tags: Blogging

7 responses so far ↓

  • Rich F // Mar 6, 2007 at 4:27 pm

    I find it hilarious that post is written, and then at the bottom of the post you’re bombarded with text links, digg this and the like.

    I’ve never really liked all these icons as they generally look messy. I prefer to simply copy the url into google reader of the blogs I like (Like this one).

    I’ve literally just installed a subscribe thing to my blog (which isn’t about online marketing or similar) so hopefully that will be useful to people who want to keep in touch with it. The readers of mine are unlikely to be well versed in all this social bookmarking anyway.

  • Mike // Mar 6, 2007 at 5:07 pm

    Hi Rich,

    Yeah there’s a certain irony in that isn’t there?

    Interestingly enough the TMS blog has a Digg option and The Corridor has a icon but apart from them I’ve not seen any other bookmarking icons on any other cricket site.

    Anyway thanks for stopping by. I may well be over at your site once the World Cup has kicked off!



  • Mike // Mar 6, 2007 at 5:11 pm

    I found an older article by Neil on the same subject in my Google Reader starred items – Why too many little icons can easily distract your visitors – I thought his views seemed familiar!

    Anyway I may well experiment with the Share This WordPress plugin.

  • Rich Brooks // Mar 7, 2007 at 12:46 pm

    It’s the old saw…just because you CAN do something doesn’t mean you SHOULD do something.

    Reminds me of the “old days” when a site might have multiple framesets on the same page “because they could.”

    At our blog we keep and digg tags, but nothing else. I’ve started to wonder about reddit, but it becomes a slippery slope.

    I’ve recently seen some plugins (can’t remember if they’re WP or TP or both) where one icon takes you to a page with 20 or so social network options…however, I think that’s also too much info.

    Perhaps, if you feel you need to include all of those options a hide/expand javascript/css menu to keep the page clean? Like the way Basecamp behaves (for those of you who have had the pleasure of using basecamp.)

    Thanks for the post!

  • Mike // Mar 7, 2007 at 5:31 pm

    Hi Rich,

    I think the WP plugin you’re referring to may be Add This! which opens up a new window with a list of bookmarking sites. I’m not a fan of this because it involves an extra click to perform the action. Alex Kings Share This is far more user friendly as it’s a single text link and icon which, when clicked, opens up a hide/expand menu giving both social bookmark and email options.

    To be honest I’m not sure I’m even going to offer the option. The way I see it is that most users who regularly bookmark will probably already have a toolbar installed or know how to add you manually anyway.

    Decisions, decisions….

    Anyway thanks for stopping by.


  • Jay // Apr 21, 2007 at 2:02 pm

    I wish if i can share my articles & research on Best Articles Directory – 100+ Articles Directories & Portals and Best 30 Social Bookmarking Web services

  • Mike // Apr 22, 2007 at 9:38 pm

    Jay – Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. However it’s not considered good form to just turn up and plug your site without actually contributing to the conversation. Might just be something to consider…