When it comes to website design, one factor that bears a little forethought is how many share buttons, and which share buttons, you should use on your site.
The fact that share buttons are a necessary component to effective web design these days doesn’t go questioned. Pretty much all web designers agree that share buttons add value to any web design. But what designers might disagree on is how many buttons are necessary and which ones should be prominently displayed.
This largely depends on the type of website you have. If your website is a tech website, for instance, then you might want to display tech-centric social icons such as Delicious, Digg, and Technorati. A small business flower shop, on the other hand, would want to display other icons. Nevertheless, there are certain social media icons that would benefit every type of website.
Facebook Like – No matter what type of business you have, a Facebook Like button on your web pages is a near necessity. With Facebook being the most trafficked website online, you are bound to have quite a few site visitors who use it and will Like your stuff.
Twitter – Twitter isn’t as ubiquitous as Facebook, but every city has its share of Twitterers. If you live in an area and you service a niche where tweeting content is done on a regular basis, then you’ll want to include a Twitter icon.
LinkedIn – If you are a B2B business – and even some B2C niches – you’ll want to include a LinkedIn button.
Google+ – Google+ is gaining in popularity, however, it’s still too early to tell just what niches it will become popular in. It currently looks to be hot in tech circles. You should at least investigate Google+ to see if it is right for your business and niche.
Only you can decide which social media icons are right for your web design, but you should give it careful thought.