Hi guys, Jeff from Carrot, I'm the lead on this project. Didn't realize it got posted here, but wow, woke up today and it had rocketed up like 300 stars, woah!
A lot of requests have come in for email and pinterest sharing, as well as a slimmer version with a separate stylesheet. Both of these features are in the works -- if you'd like to help out let me know. I'd love to get some more people on the contributors board : )
oh ok startup scenester we're onto you. why aren't there long shadows on each of the buttons?
As a coworker of Jeff's, I can tell you that it took all of the restraint he could possibly muster not to use long-shadows here. He is, however in all likelihood, totally going to port this over to dogescript.
Damn how did you know about the dogescript/long-shadow branch? I thought I hadn't pushed that one to github yet...
Jeff, is there an option to show the social buttons by default, instead of hidden behind the share button?
This is pretty nifty. I've run into this problem already and I like how this is resolved. Bookmarked to take a look at, i have a site that could use this!
Very awesome. I will be using this in upcoming application.
The transition is a bit wacky, but very cool nonetheless.
I think what forces people (usually not the designer in the room) in to using the iframe elements provided by Twitter/Facebook/etc is the number of shares shown, the immediate impact of increasing that number, and the feeling that there's a momentum that grows with that number ("Well, if all these people have shared it, it must be worth sharing").
If Carrot included those individual share numbers and a total (or the options to do so) - off the top of my head, Techcruch do something similar - I could definitely see myself dropping the iframe solutions and the lazy loading that you have to throw in around them to prevent the bloat associated with them.
In running a tremendous amount of a/b testing, I found that while the number of people that shared was incrementally helpful, seeing faces of friends (face pile) was the only impactful option.
Without that, increases in shares were negligible.
This is super interesting Manik. Did you publish these results anywhere? If not, you should.
I have been thinking about doing that - it's a bit tricky bc we conducted these tests on the Obama Campaign and the information is relatively locked.
This is a great suggestion Luc. I'm not sure that we would be able to get the API access required to pull those numbers, but it's worth investigating. Could you open an issue with this feature request in the github repo for discussion?
Check out http://sharedcount.com for an easy way to pull social stats.
Snappier animation plz!