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Link sharing on the interwebs - a poll 
30th-Jun-2010 04:15 pm
El Jay
Poll #1586029 Internet Sharing poll

When Browsing the Internet

I share links
60(83.3%)
I rarely/never share links
12(16.7%)

I share links on:

LJ/another blogging platform
4(5.6%)
Twitter
1(1.4%)
Facebook
1(1.4%)
Delicious
0(0.0%)
StumbleUpon
0(0.0%)
LibDigg
0(0.0%)
Digg
0(0.0%)
Tumblr
0(0.0%)
IM/Email
1(1.4%)
Another link sharing site
1(1.4%)

I share links by:

Copy/pasting
42(58.3%)
Clicking those 'share' buttons on the page itself
2(2.8%)
Browser Widgets
1(1.4%)
Another method
1(1.4%)

The presence of 'share this!' buttons

inspire me to share
3(4.2%)
put me off sharing
7(9.7%)
rarely affect whether I share or not.
62(86.1%)

Ticky Box!

Alright then
35(53.8%)
Debi, I know you're trynig to excuse yourself from messing with 'share this' code. Just do it.
17(26.2%)
Opinions 
30th-Jun-2010 03:22 pm (UTC)
My answers after the first question are for the occasions when I do share links. I don't do it that often for its own sake, though. I like it when other people do, but tend to assume that by the time something has reached me, anyone else who might want to see it probably already has anyway. I don't know how rational that is, but I guess I just don't want to be the person going "OMG YOU GUISE LOOKIT THIZ!" when everyone else saw it a fortnight ago.
30th-Jun-2010 03:48 pm (UTC)
tend to assume that by the time something has reached me, anyone else who might want to see it probably already has anyway. I don't know how rational that is

Not very, is my answer to that.

Put it a slightly different way; group your readers.

It's a mixture of fandom, academia types, personal friends from the places you've lived, and people you met through the internet, right? Same as me give or take (for fandom equally politics bloggers, same difference).

If you find a link that's interesting, then some of your readers know about it, probably. Many others don't. When Andrew (below) links to something I've seen already, that's cool, we find the same thing interesting. When he links to something I hadn't seen, that's also cool, because we find the same things interesting. When he links to something that I linked to first, that's even cooler, he liked something I did.

I reckon more than half the stuff you think I, for example, have already seen, would actually be new to me. More than half minimum.

The internets are vast and confusing, links are good, if I saw it two weeks ago, great, bet others hadn't seen it at all.
30th-Jun-2010 08:01 pm (UTC)
Yes, indeed, this is all true - thanks for the perspective. I probably should make more effort to share things, especially through Facebook where the basic format of short information-bursts is well-suited to it.
1st-Jul-2010 03:08 pm (UTC)
That's generally how I feel too. I do share links from time to time, but I generally find that everyone has already seen it, laughed at it, shared it and got bored with it! LOL
30th-Jun-2010 03:25 pm (UTC)
I paste stuff in IRC if I think it will be specifically interesting to those people

mindless linkspam on a medium intended for content rather than conversation is abhorrent. buttons to facilitate this (because copy/paste is so difficult!) are a blight upon the internet and I hate them with the burning fire of an exploding TARDIS.
30th-Jun-2010 03:26 pm (UTC)
I find it interesting that you differentiate between content and conversation. For me, the entire internet is about conversation.
30th-Jun-2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
I suppose it comes down to conversation vs monologue. Blog posts and news and other big-hunks-o-text at a time are trying to tell me something. IRC and email and little snippet media are for several people talking about something, pieces at a time.

Maybe I like putting things in boxes too much.
30th-Jun-2010 03:44 pm (UTC)
Ok, but what about non mindless linking? I only link in order to discuss something, add to a conversation ongoing, share it with friends unaware of it or similar.

If all someone ever did was link to stuff without giving an opinion, I'd get bored very quickly.
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30th-Jun-2010 03:48 pm (UTC)
Yes
30th-Jun-2010 03:50 pm (UTC)
Normally, yes.
30th-Jun-2010 03:47 pm (UTC)
Do my tags count as opinions?
30th-Jun-2010 03:49 pm (UTC)
No
30th-Jun-2010 11:01 pm (UTC)
(complete aside)
I would like to congratulate LJ for the timely delivery of this comment notification. 5 hours ten minutes late, that's not bad compared to some of their outages.
30th-Jun-2010 04:23 pm (UTC)
well that's much better. and I don't think share buttons would really help with it at all.
30th-Jun-2010 03:33 pm (UTC)
My workflow is:
Webpage->Delicious (via browser widget) -> Twitter (via Twitterfeed)
-> Livejournal (via some PHP)
Webpage->friends (via IM or email, depending on the friend and location)

I do so because I like the conversations they produce, and people seem to appreciate them.
30th-Jun-2010 03:53 pm (UTC)
Theoretically, the code I'm using on DW should work on LJ. They've also already got a share this button in the site scheme, but I hate it anyway.

I mostly use browser widgets, copy paste or hacks, but others I know also like buttons, especially those who switch machines a lot. I also think a set of 'share this' buttons will be an even better way of answering the "may I link to this" question, that I've never understood.

I shall post code later, it is bugged currently, I need to apply an html stripper function, but I forgot to code it...
1st-Jul-2010 07:21 am (UTC)
I'm doing Wordpress, and it's less the code as it is a desire to have the logos fit with the design. And as I couldn't find logos I wanted to go with my design, I'm having to do them all individually.
30th-Jun-2010 03:55 pm (UTC)
I never use share buttons. The closest would be the embed button on Youtube, and I then paste text to LJ...
30th-Jun-2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
I do not trust share buttons. I am never sure if they really mean "put in this useless/poorly-coded crap when all you want to do is make a non-invasive link that will not kill some unsuspecting browser" or if they will only go to facebook or email or something. It is v. much easier to just copy the URL and paste in another window, sometimes with added text so people will know what I am telling them to click on.
30th-Jun-2010 07:02 pm (UTC)
This.
30th-Jun-2010 08:10 pm (UTC)
Same. I may use a "Share this" button if I trust the website, but 9 times out of 10 I'll ignore the "Share this!" feature and just C&P the URL link itself.
30th-Jun-2010 11:05 pm (UTC)
I always hover and look to see where the link goes. I suspect that's partially because I like to see how they work.

It is possible, for example, to code a button that'll write an entire LJ post for someone. It won't allow any embedded links within it, but you can put a lot of content in.

(I'm not talking about the repost this button either, did it ages ago, was very silly)
30th-Jun-2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
Does AIM count? Probably ~90-95% of the links I share are shared over email or AIM. (The rest are LJ, but since I never post...)

I find "share this!" buttons strange and offputting. C&P all the way.
30th-Jun-2010 08:12 pm (UTC)
There is a definite split between where I link.

I share comic links mostly on twitter and blogsites, and tend to post othe ritnerestign linsk on facebook. this is because most of my rl life friends do not care for comics. I don't want to inundate them with comic stuff. Having said that, i do sometimes link to comic stuff on fb, if I really care about it.

Twitter is fantastic for spreading links.
30th-Jun-2010 11:18 pm (UTC)
I like Google Reader's 'share' options. I should find a way to link G Reader with the rest of my Internetty Stuff, but I'm too lazy so I probably won't.
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