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Flare

Flare is a simple yet eye-catching social sharing bar that gets you followed and lets your content get shared via posts, pages, and media types.

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3 stars
3.7 out of 5 stars
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1 star
after uninstaling it left some traces visible on pages
By ,

it was very slow on my website. it could be because of my theme but any way I have decided to remove it especially after looking at my database tables where it was all over them. after deleting it, the plugin left some crap on all pages visible to visitors. how to remove this nasty thing completely ? why plugin with already a few updates does not have this basic option in script ?

1 star
I'm downgrading my rating
By , for WP 3.7.1

Three questions (one pretty major), no response in several months.

Don't use this plugin. It doesn't function correctly and there's no support anywhere (despite saying you can request help through their website)

1 star
plugin messes up meta data
By , for WP 3.5.2

This plugin was great, but now it messes up my meta data for social sharing and is harmful for SEO.

1 star
Automatic Delete
By , for WP 3.5.2

I have tried the older version of this in past, and deleted it. Then I read some reviews of the ones praising it. So I guessed on trying it again. What a mistake. I put in on pages, and above content it only showed two icons and were not click-able. I went to blog posts to check it out and I lost my posts. Posts just disappeared completely gone. What the crap. That is when I went to installed plugins and deleted it. If they have a Pro version. I do not see how it could be any better than this. If the free version is this bad, I would not want to try the Pro version at all.

1 star
Marketing 101
By ,

Advertising your company, brand or website is a must. Users understand this. However, it must be done in a fashion that doesn't associate your brand with negativity. By adding the advert on the plugin without an opt-out you are turning any potential buyers of future plugins off automatically. Sometimes you just have to give something away.
Let me explain:
I saw the flare on a site and liked it so much that I inspected and researched the code and the plugin directory to find it. I was even going to email the website owner if I couldn't find anything. I wanted it and therefore I went after what I wanted.
I had a very positive opinion of your company and even went so far as to decide to purchase the future plugins when they came out. I had formed my opinion on you based on your generosity of the fine looking and well functioning flare plugin. That is worth more than any link or ad. That is the very thing that marketing companies strive for: to make you want the product and do whatever it is they need to in order to acquire it. You had a golden ticket and a perfect concept of marketing your company and product. Then you got greedy. By adding the link and ad you limited your audience drastically because now no one is going to want to use the plugin. Sometimes you just have to give something away but the future rewards more than make up for the present losses. Anyone that saw such a nice plugin did the work they needed to do to find it. They didn't need the link. I hope you reconsider your marketing strategy and whomever it was that decided to add this plugin really, really needs to study marketing better.

1 star
New version added an advertisement
By , for WP 3.5.2

in the newest version a "hidden" ad was added to the plugin without the option to remove it.

Yes it's a free plugin, but there should have been a head-up that there will be ads BEFORE updating. OR giving you the opportunity to pay a small fee with pro-features...

I went back to the previous version and as soon as I find a replacement I will switch to another plugin.

1 star
Was a 5 star before Filament was added!
By , for WP 3.5.2

I hope you make this removable! I really loved this plug in.

1 star
Forced Advertisement
By , for WP 3.5.2

I saw this plugin at a friend's blog and he recommended it to me. I just installed it and it turns out that in the latest update they had totally ruined the plugin. Not only the Total Shares count is not showing up on my site like on http://www.jonloomer.com or multiple other sites, it is also showing a purple ad for Filament with no way to opt out.

This is outrageous! Either offer a paid version to get rid of the ad, or offer a way to opt out of the ad. I'm disabling it till they update it and remove this crap!

1 star
Forced ads added in latest update
By , for WP 3.5.2

Flare was a great plugin, but in the most recent update (1.2.3) the authors decided to add a purple lightning button that looks like a social sharing button but is an actually an ad for a company called Filament. I actually had users message me via my site asking what Filament was all about, and why I was linking to it. They were confused by it. And rightly so.

So I've rolled back to the previous version, which doesn't force you to display advertising, and hope that the plugin authors remove the purple button from the next update. If they don't, then I will have to find another plugin, which will be a shame because I do like the way Flare looks. For now, though, I would avoid Flare.

1 star
Forced advertisements
By , for WP 3.5.2

I have been using flare for the past month and I've found it very useful. However, a few days ago (I'm not sure when), I updated it and found out today that I've been displaying ads for a company called Filament with this plugin. So, I've been unknowingly spamming my users with ads that I didn't intentionally place there. These ads were not present with the original version I downloaded.

They didn't warn us, there is not consent to display the ads, and there is no opt-out. It seems crazy to me that a company would lure users into using their product then use that product, without the consent of website owners, to spam their advertisement on every website using the plugin. It's simply disrespectful to the userbase.

I will never use Flare or any product by Filament or Digital Telepathy again.

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