• http://www.rrove.com David Quiec

    Point taken but you are missing from the bookmark effect. I’ve found that if you have these buttons, you can use diggers to push you to delicious popular. You get a double dip this way.

    And, if you notice, you have two buttons here… :p

  • http://www.ericward.com eric_ward

    Neil – So true. I call the overuse of these chicklets “chicklitter” :) I’ve used the Socializer as a way to clean up the mess – http://ekstreme.com/socializer/
    and have a hunch that this type of solution will be one answer. I expect companies will write their own socializer-esque type of gateway page, which will reduce the chicklitter to a single link.

    Eric

  • http://www.currybet.net Martin Belam

    Ha! Ha! And do you see no irony in the fact that at the bottom of this story you have:

    Subscribe, Share, Bookmark This Story:

    Subscribe to this feed • Email this • Digg This! • Save to del.icio.us • Reddit It • Submit To Netscape • Stumble It! • Google Bookmark This • Furl This • Fark It • Share on Facebook • Blog This • Add to Yahoo MyWeb2 • Add to Technorati Favorites! • Seed This

    ;-)

  • http://searchengineland.com Danny Sullivan

    I see plenty of irony! However, I’m still comfortable with many of the small links there. They’re easy to implement, and some of them are there because our own readers have said they want them handy (say to bookmark at Google or Delicious).

    I’ve long had mixed feelings about the more intrusive buttons. I added the Digg and Delicious ones about three weeks ago as an experiment. In particular, Digg rolled out a new style button that was more interactive. I wanted to see how it worked.

    The Digg buttons haven’t been that useful and even less so since Digg is happy to allow unknown people to continue to bury every single one of our stories (described more here). You’ll likely see them go away and instead me returning to doing what I used to do, putting bigger buttons out selectively on stories as Neil suggests. But I’ll still likely keep the smaller text links for some services, as well.

  • http://blog.smtusa.com Brent

    Would you place four or five call to actions at the bottom of your web page? “Subscribe to this feed”, “Email this feed”, “Digg It”…

  • http://weblogs.macromedia.com/jd John Dowdell

    One other reason to critically examine the number of third-party links on a page is for accessibility to those on constrained connections… when there are more than twenty media requests on a page, and a few such pages are loading simultaneously in the background, then the stack of HTTP connections can easily time-out before delivery.

    (Another reason is for privacy: If a page makes a request for a small graphic to Amazon, Digg or others, then the IP address of the viewer is sent to these (potential) cross-site viewing trackers.)

    jd/adobe