I see we've still got Facebook on the brain.
I am just going to say this once, and only once.
I would not have nearly as much issue with these social media buttons everywhere if they were:
A: Valid HTML.
B: Did not slow any Site down to a crawl.
See, what the OP does not... seem to gather is this:
yeah... and watch the user, in having to wait, and wait, and wait for that many social "plugin" js widgets to load, close the site.
I have also setup such buttons for every "item" with only 1 call to the js load.... its the actual buttons themselves being rendered that screeches the page load to inanity in a cascading effect(and I know the share link strip is not to blame for extra loads, I was not using that in this instance).
Header, if possible, should be a simple link... but regardless, note the more of these buttons you pile on with the social widgets, the worse off your page load speeds will be.
There is a balance to be had... and splatting share links everywhere as the OP shows is not anywhere near said balance.
Not at all opposed to moving them... just multiplication of them, from experience, is a move that upsets how snappy IPB 3.2/3.3 is in whole.
I possibly don't gather the above. I wouldn't try and knock this advice I'm sure you're much more knowledgable than me regarding things of this nature. However I've installed the 5 share buttons on my board index, I'm on 50kb/s and any slowing is barely noticable. With the doubling up, which is what in an ideal world I'd have If someone built hooks that would accommodate, I can't comment. Some people seem to be doing it there was a member on page 3 I think.
There must be a way around page load times, if I buy into it. The additional load-time of these buttons can't be that much or the blogs and websites such as 'Mashable' and 'Wired' that are taking more than their share of traffic and establishing their dominance through using these buttons wouldn't have embraced them as they have. How much longer is the Human race even going to be talking about 'page load times' ?
I'm really sorry to sound like a broken record but we're still talking about Facebook. Which is geared towards children, or adults who act like children. And I totally understand the motivation with promoting Facebook; It's a giant distraction, It's existance is keeping all the animals on the farm etc. I'm under no illusions about the benefits of using forums over sites like Facebook.
Facebooks the 'Sunshine Club Variety Coach' of websites. LinkedIn however is populated with serious people, and I want to tap that demographic more. Frankly, I'm not really arsed about the Facebook buttons.
What I think doesn't really matter though. In fact what any admin thinks doesn't matter. You've got to arrive at your own decision points based on what people en mass are doing.
See the share buttons the way they are? I love'em, they're neat and unobtrusive and bigger more prominant ones will have the board more messy, but it isn't about what I want. It's about what potential membership is doing and what my board as an entity wants. I can't argue with what my board is telling me needs attention.
I just think we're a bit behind.
And is anyone applying their mind to how Pinterest can be utilised more (another site I don't use). Is it just a consumer tool? Is it something that should at least have a presense within a board's gallery?
I found an interesting article* dated today on who uses it and why.
1. It is simple, clean and fuss free. This makes browsing delightful and easy: two main components to marketing success. Because of Pinterest’s visually appealing layout, consumers just see a picture with very little text. Facebook on the other hand is very word heavy and can turn off potential consumers.
2. Marketers have an open window into consumers’ interests. They can easily see a gold mine of information on potential customers. For example, an interior design marketing team can see who is influential in the ‘home decor’ section. They can then start following and see what trends people are repining and liking.
3. It’s relaxing. Pinterest creates a curated experience for its users in a fairly anonymous way. No constant updating of feeds, no overload of people’s lives. On Pinterest it’s about enjoying your hobbies—not having to like someone’s status or wish anyone a Happy Birthday. It lets users share experiences in a negative-free zone, briefly comment and move on without the weight of Facebook etiquette.
4. Brands have found cool ways to use it. Martha Stewart Living and Kate Spade are pinning like crazy with overwhelming response by adding more than 19,000 and 34,000 followers respectively. Kotex even has bragging rights for hosting one of the first Pinterest campaigns. The brand found 50 “inspiring” women in Israel and looked at what they were pinning on Pinterest. Then, Kotex sent the women a virtual gift. If she pinned the gift, she then got a real one in the mail that was based on something she had pinned. The result: success—nearly 100% of the women pinned and commented on their gifts.
* - From LinkedIn. Bringing another idea to mind which I'm sure has been thought of- Would it be possible to have a hook that the admin could load URLs into providing the user with news items day to day, like LinkedIn has? :
This method is dangerous in that it navigates the user away from the board, but positive in that you'd essentially be providing a more centralised home feel that the user would come to rely on. Either way it would be a nice thing to try out.