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    Share buttons are a thing that comes up a lot.

    Way back, I used to use sharethis or addthis, but the bloat and the difficulty of customization etc became very frustrating.

    There are some cool simple html generators

    that will give you the basics, but you miss out on some API options and sometimes it is nice to handle things like that through local APIs..

    What methods do you guys use to handle stuff like that?
    I’m happy to style the buttons and do the mark-up myself.

    Looking kinda for something that’s its own library so it can work with js or build tools or similar.. but there are a lot of valid ways to approach this problem. Something that will likely be maintained as social networks evolve etc..

    I’m using the first link up there right now, but still not fully satisfied… What do you guys love?


    Hey Damon,

    Author of the first site you mentioned here. Mind sharing why you’re not fully satisfied? I suppose it’s the lack of options such as “Show likes”, etc?

    If that’s the case, I did some work on , which pretty much shows how to get the data. I was thinking about either building a separate plugin or even adding this as an option to the site, although I never really got emails about people needing this, so I didn’t have a whole lot of incentive.

    Personally, I don’t mind not showing these numbers. First of all, most people don’t have websites with 1,000s of Likes and Tweets, so showing a bunch of 0s on each blog post — with an occasional 2 or 5 doesn’t really look that impressive.

    And I remember reading a great article that compares these “social media numbers” to those “My site has 8,995 visitors” counters.

    But hey, that’s just a personal preference.

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