A while back I wrote about how I thought people were overdoing it with Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and other social sharing buttons. Some sites seem to plaster them everywhere for some reason.
I understand site owners want to encourage people to share a post, and that they would like to see more traffic. It just seems like sometimes they push it a little too much. So much that they become more annoying than helpful. At least on some sites I have visited.
The other day someone was wondering what kind of WordPress plugin this web site was using for their contact page because they wanted to use it. So out of curiosity I thought I would check it out myself. Turns out it was the popular Contact Form 7 plugin. Nothing that most of us haven’t seen before or anything.
The thing I noticed right away that was a little strange was this particular site had added a Google+, Facebook Like, and a Twitter Tweet button to the top of the contact form.
Do we really need to add social buttons to our contact forms? Or, any other forms for that matter?
Contact forms are an alright landing page when someone has a legitimate reason for searching for it to contact you. However, if you have a link in your header or footer to your contact page they are going to find it anyway if that’s what they are looking for. I would rather have a visitor arrive and land on almost any other page rather than a contact form.
I am wondering if we will start seeing the Tweet and other social buttons appear on each and every comment in the near future. Imagine that a blog post with 100 comments along with 100 social buttons. I haven’t seen it yet, but it wouldn’t surprise me if I come across it one of these days.
I really don’t have a problem with social sharing buttons as long as they are used sparingly. It’s kind of like advertisements. Some sites keep the number of ads fairly low, while others cram as many of them as they can on a page.
Sometimes I actually miss the days when we didn’t have all the ads, widgets, buttons, and such on web pages. Of course they can be helpful, but they can really add clutter and waste to a web page or site too.