Sweep the Sleaze →
Information Architects arguing against the pervasive third-party “share” buttons that publishers and bloggers vomit all over their post headers and footers:
Or do you seriously think that in ten years we will still have those buttons on every page? No, right? Why, because you already know as a user that they’re not that great. So why not get rid of them now? Because “they’re not doing any harm”? Are you sure?
I don’t embed any sharing buttons for one big reason: they look cheap and desperate. They would devalue my voice and reduce my credibility.
For me, every other issue — clutter, load times, scrolling speed, privacy, security — is secondary to that.