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.
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!
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.
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.
Nothing else to add.
This Plugin Goes DOWN:
Too many problems:
Too greedy for links.
Version 1.2.3 - "AD" button without optout - WT....?
"That update didn't fix anything. In fact, it made it worse. Now the Pinterest count doesn't even show when hovered over. Not to mention we have to deal with that lousy new purple AD button."
I recommend Digg Digg
2 Days ago I was ready to sing the praises of Flare - looks cool, shares well, no glitches, nicest sharing tool I have used. I recently switched from Digg Digg. THEN yesterday I did an update, and voila - my neat little row of sharing buttons has been invaded by a purple "ad" button which I (and many other people complaining on the forum and support page here) can't remove! What's Up guys - please tell me how to remove this or I will be forced to delete the plugin and go elsewhere. BUT tell me how to remove it and I will delete this, write a 5 start review and be back as a happy advocate ready to tell everyone about your plugin!
Recent update adds another follow icon to your posts that looks exactly like the twitter logo except its purple. Its advertising for some random company I know nothing about and the mouse over on it looks sloppy and unprofessional.
I deleted the 1.2.3 version of this plugin and reinstalled the 1.2.2 until I can find something else.
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