Inspired by an email from my colleague Joel, a developer, I decided to remove the annoying, unused button clutter for social media sharing from each blog post. Sure, you can still follow me on Twitter, but I agree with the author of this article that
If you provide excellent content, social media users will take the time to read and talk about it in their networks. That’s what you really want. You don’t want a cheap thumbs up, you want your readers to talk about your content with their own voice.
I figure you all – and by you all I mean probably my Dad and maybe a few Internet stragglers who ended up here somehow – can figure out how to cut-and-paste a link into Facebook or Twitter or anything else that strikes your fancy. Because at the end of the day,
The less noise, the less begging, the less secondary advertisement means the easier it is to focus, and the more likely it is that people will actually read your content.
So thanks for reading this, you. It feels good to clean up.