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Social Sharing Toolkit

Easy sharing and connecting on social networks. Display on posts or use widgets or shortcode. Also Twitter name/hashtag to link converter.

32 reviews
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1 star
Useless, nagging, everyone hates this
By , for WP 3.8.3

Screenshots do not even show the outcome of the plugin. It's a wild guess of what you are going to get with this plugin.

And it's awful. It has a shortcode, but it doesn't work if used with do_shortcode within a theme. There are restrictions to where it will be displayed. If you are manually including a shortcode, it should always be displayed.

It's not even a list of buttons. It's a dropdown. I don't want an unfamiliar share dropdown. Nobody is going to click on that. Give me a list of familiar social icons instead.

1 star
By , for WP 3.8.1

The plugin results in 800KB of extra requests to various strange websites. Do not use!

1 star
Good but linksalpha button can't be hidden
By ,

Good but linksalpha button can't be hidden, too bad.

1 star
spyware and malware
By ,

The new version of Social Sharing Toolkit is bundled with spyware from LinksAlpha. Had to uninstall.

Data Collected:
Anonymous (Browser Information, Hardware/Software Type, Internet Service Provider, Page Views )
Pseudonymous (IP Address (EU PII))

Data Sharing:
Aggregate data is shared with 3rd parties.

Data Retention:

1 star
LinksAlpha really?
By , for WP 3.8.1

Not nice adding a cannot-deactivate-linksalpha button...

Somewhere in the readme.txt it even states:
"the plugin runs off our servers at LinksAlpha.com in order to process the social sharing analytics which helps you track virality of your content across social channels." Yeah right.

Not very nice, but there is an easy way out (since its still a nice plugin):
delete the file "wp-content/plugins/social-sharing-toolkit/includes/buttons/button.linksalpha.php".

Backdraw: don't update... it will probably be back...

1 star
Version 2.2 beware
By ,

This was such a good product, until introduced a LinksAlpha share button that cannot be turned off and does not conform to the site's CSS. The button now floats above (due to a z-index being !important).

Removing to get a different plug in.

1 star
By , for WP 3.8.1

LinksAlpha added the non-hideable links alpha button...

This buttons is nothing more than a thinly veiled tracking and malware component.

Your site will be overrun with Links Alpha Query strings that are incredibly long.

You will become the slaves of another evil organizations attempting to track you and your site user's every move.

When I updated the plugin my Google Page Speed grade went from 94 to 69. Yslow went from 90 to 77.

FU LinksAlpha.

1 star
Slow down the whole page load time +6 sec.
By , for WP 3.8.1

Wanted to use this as it has much potential but make it very slow difference between load time + 6sec.

1 star
Could be better
By , for WP 3.8

Wanted to use this as it has much potential but not only does it break half my site and make it uber-slow but there are buttons which you cannot uncheck.

Will keep searching.

1 star
Really liked this till LinksAlpha appeared without notice
By , for WP 3.8

I'll be leaving this plug in as much as I previously liked it due to the non-hideable Links Alpha button that appeared without notice (or permission). Not only is it shady, but it doesn't align with the other buttons, it doesn't use the same z-index as the other buttons (and thus, goes OVER my fixed header when the other icons go under), and seems to have slowed down the loading of my page.

Goodbye Social Sharing... (as if they care since it's free).

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