[Resolved] [Plugin: SexyBookmarks] New version says: Get Shareaholic for Firefox
I just downgraded to my old version from my backup 🙂
Until it’s fixed or until I fix it myself I won’t update.
yea, me too… they really should make this an option, even if the default is set on.
If this is not set as an option in the next update, it will be removed and replaced on my handful of blogs currently using it.
This shouldn’t have been snuck in to begin with, and lowers my trust for the authors significantly.
Fyi, previous version can be obtained here:
If you switch to “beta” mode, it will go away for now.
We spend hours and hours working hard developing this plugin for you guys trying to make it perfect and work flawlessly. We even spend hours helping some of you fix your “broken” themes to make plugins work properly. We do all this (at no charge) because we want to help you.
We’ve measured sharing activity go up significantly for users using the Firefox, Chrome, etc extensions. This means more of your content gets shared as a result, and more traffic gets driven back to you at no cost. Therefore, we thought adding a link to the browser tools fit very well with our promise to increase sharing activity on your site, and at the end of the day benefits you.
Is there a middle ground we can reach? Maybe a different way to show that link? We’re very open to suggestion. And we actually act on it, and those following us for a while can attest to this!
In the next update, have the ad switched on by default, but also make it an option to switch it off. I’m sure many would keep it on (due to laziness or not being that concerned by it)
I wouldn’t mind having it on if it was integrated a little better. I’d have to think about how it could be, though.
And thank you shareaholic, you are all so sexy 😉
Would love to hear how it could be better integrated! What if we forced it to be grey in color, so it’s more in the background.
sharaholic, I get that you want to promote your service and that you guys work really hard on this sexy extension. However, this was a move just like Facebook Places… It benefits mainly you (often times distracting our users away from out content; I have looked into the Analytics of this on 3 websites, and your site quickly rose as one of the top exit links, even though it does open in a new window. people have short term memory, best not to distract them.), was very rogue, and didn’t (initially) didn’t give users a way to opt-out.
Your reputation is down the drain with me right now, just like Facebook’s was (and still is) for all of the poor choices they made.
This change was NOT documented in the changelog. This change is currently not able to be disabled (without doing what is nothing more than a hack, switching to beta, and I imagine will be fixed eventually anyway). This change was very rogue, and didn’t put the users first. It was a strategy move meant only to help you, and sneak it in to unsuspecting web masters who would likely never notice.
In addition to all of those problems I have with it, the fact that it slides down even when there’s only 1 row of icons really frustrates me. I pick a select handful of icons so that it doesn’t slide down… That’s completely pointless now, thanks to that link… With no other icons coming in (most of which, that I don’t want displayed regardless of the sliding), it only serves to draw attention to the Sharaholic link moreso than the sharing icons.
If you want the PR, put it in the footer, that’s fine. If you want the users to install your toolbar or whatever, add a button for it and add it to the “Popular” configuration (or enabled by default). But don’t add a distracting link that breaks the overall intended functionality (at least for me) of the content presentation.
And really, make it an option. You’ll still get lots of linkbacks, but the people who you’d otherwise drive off will continue to use it because you gave them the option. The power of choice is a very powerful thing.
As I said, I don’t mind linking to your site or promoting your toolbar, and I have even written about Sharaholic’s toolbar and WordPress plugin in the past on my blog. But the distracting nature of the sliding (when the only thing that appears is the link) and the sequence of events that it was added, again, in a very rogue manner, are both not what I expected, and really lowers my respect and trust for you guys (now I’ll be doing file comparisons of your updates, undoing anything I disapprove of).
I do hope you will consider what I have said. I don’t know what your goals are, but there has to be a better way than the way you guys actually did it. Remember, put the users first, and NEVER make a change that isn’t listed in the changelog, especially like that. It will only drive people crazy when it breaks something, and when they figure out your plugin was the cause after hours of elimination and testing, they’ll uninstall the plugin and not think twice about it ever again. User trust is all too important on the Internet; you guys should know that.
Hi michaelhart, thanks so much for caring.
As I mentioned earlier, more users using the browser extension only stand to benefit you — the publisher. We’ve seen sharing activity go up significantly for users using the Firefox, Chrome, etc extensions. This means more of *your* content gets shared as a result, and more traffic gets driven back to your site. We viewed this as a net a positive for you guys, and did not have any ulterior motives…
Regardless, I agree, we should have included something in the changelog, and made it optional. btw, the reason why we did the slide down, was we did not want users to get distracted by a persistent link that is always visible (yuch), and only wanted to show the link if the user actually interacted with SB (showed an interest in sharing). But I see your point about the sliding. It can be better.
You may have noticed that we’ve been catching up and making lots of much needed updates/bug fixes to SB recently. We’re reacting to feedback and iterating quickly. Expect more releases that incorporate your suggestions very soon.
In the next release we plan to add a “no thanks” link alongside the “get shareaholic” text. Clicking the “no thanks” option will make the link 100% disappear completely for the user from then on always. So next time, and every time they come to your blog next, they won’t see the “get shareaholic” text at all. This puts the user in total control, and it is their choice.
What do you think of this guys? Acceptable?
I’m sorry… but the link will still show. I was so surprised when i saw the link and checked the change logs first. Then i checked whether it was an option, so i could change it’s location and when i found out that i could not…. I just deactivated the plugin.
I recommended this plugin to so many friends persuaded some of them to use it instead of other plugins but the way you just forced this link on us, will make me use the same amount of energy to have them not use it anymore.
I do see why you try to get more users to use your plugin’s but the way you tried to do it will not have that effect. You went about it the wrong way, i’m sorry to say! The suggestion you made is not meeting us half way… not middle road for me. Do things with your end – users in mind, and they will love and SHARE you! Do things just for your own benefit (and don’t say otherwise) and they will leave you. And trust me… sometimes bad publicity is just what it is….. bad publicity.
Hatsikidee, we have already said above that we are going to make the entire txt optional like you and other users have suggested. Until we can get that release out, please either use the beta or an earlier version of the plugin (linked above) or just keep it deactivated until a fix is out that meets your approval. It is of course your choice. We are human too. I hope you recognize at some level the effort we put in, and our willingness to actually listen AND react to your feedback.
In the next release we plan to add a “no thanks” link alongside the “get shareaholic” text. Clicking the “no thanks” option will make the link 100% disappear completely for the user from then on always.
What we suggest is that in the SB options you can turn it off or leave it on, what ever the user wants. And not for it to be there the first time for the visitor (so he/she may leave yoursite) and it would take an action from that visitor not see it again!
What you are suggesting is an confrontation and then an opt-out for the visitor, what we are suggesting is an opt-in for the site/blog owners to decide what there visitors are being served!
There is a small difference here 😉 And if you make it an on/off option which is initially “on” i can understand that. That will not be a problem for the majority, i think. But let us decide what we show our visitors. Why not put on top of the SB settings page an small piece of text explaining that people can show their gratitude towards all of your hard work by linking to your page and/or showing the link. It is more user friendly and will be more effective in the long run i suspect.
I hope you recognize at some level the effort we put in, and our willingness to actually listen AND react to your feedback.
I do and will wait for the solution you decide on.
Too many threads… this probably got lost:
Regardless, I agree, we should have included something in the changelog, and made it optional.
So it’s both 🙂 As a Shareaholic browser plugin user already myself, it is somewhat annoying to see that text over again, and I would personally like to “mute” it anyways even if the publisher didn’t turn it off.
Totally separately, we’re also mulling a Pro version of SB for a small fee that would give you guys a lot more customization and some exclusive features like Share Counts and analytics for whoever wants it and support time. Users that we’ve asked feedback for so far have been quite receptive to this idea. Not sure if it is worth the trouble or not, but it would certainly help fund some of the development. Would love to get your thoughts on this.
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