How funny! Two days ago I wrote a post complaining about a button that WordPress.com added to all our blog posts — and today, they announce another one. I see a couple of important differences between the two:
- The tweet button is turned off by default, which leaves us bloggers in control of our own blogs. The like button was imposed on all of us by default, and if we didn’t like it, we had to manually turn it off. (Not hard to do, but a nuisance.)
- The tweet button may provide a service to our readers. I don’t know. How easy is it to tweet a blog post, anyway? Does the button actually help?
So What Do You Think?
Do you tweet blog posts? If so, do you think the button is helpful? Or is it clutter?
I’m not on Twitter, but I know a lot of math teachers are. Some of them post long blog lists of their favorite tweets of the day/week/whatever. So perhaps those who read my math blog will appreciate the button.
[Personally, those lists merely serve to convince me that Twitter would be a black hole draining away all my time.]
For this blog, I’ll give the button a chance. But I doubt it will stick around long…
I turned the button back off on both blogs. It didn’t seem to keep an accurate count, since it still showed zero on a post for which I’d received two Twitter pingbacks. Maybe I’ll change my mind whenever WordPress adds a more buttons — or maybe not.