Twitter Share Counts
At the end of 2015, Twitter removed the ‘share count’ facility from their API, which meant that your Social Sharing buttons and plugins no longer show how many times your content has been shared on Twitter.
It always was an unsupported feature in the Twitter API, and from Twitter’s point of view, it simply wasn’t worth the effort of maintaining it, so they dropped it.
This left many website owners and bloggers missing a vital part of their Social Proof.
A high Twitter share count was a demonstration of how popular their content was, and was also a big incentive for others to share it too.
After all, people want to share content that they know is likely to be well received, and a high share count is a good indication of this, which leads to more shares.
Research by Shareaholic showed that sharing on Twitter fell by 11% when the share count was removed.
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Get your Twitter Share count back
NewShareCounts.com is a free service that will restore share counts to your Twitter sharing buttons.
It has access to your Twitter sharing stats for the last 7 days, and all your future shares will be recorded from now on.
But in addition to that, they collected Twitter share counts for 1,000,000,000 (yes, one billion!) pages before Twitter shut them down. This means your share counts probably won’t have to start from zero.
NewShareCounts works for all the popular Social Sharing tools, including:
- Jetpack WordPress sharing buttons
- Super Socializer plugin for WordPress
- Mashshare plugin for WordPress
- AccessPress Social Share plugin for WordPress
- Sassy Social Share plugin for WordPress
- Simple Share Buttons plugin for WordPress
- Social Warfare plugin for WordPress
- Cresta Social Share plugin for WordPress
- Easy Social Share Buttons plugin for WordPress
- WPUpper Share Buttons plugin for WordPress
- AMPZ plugin for Joomla
All you have to do is to register your website, and authorise your Twitter account.
Setup is very easy, typically you just have to copy and paste one line of code anywhere onto your web page, and that’s it!
You can currently add up to 1,000 websites, and new shares are usually detected within 60 seconds.
Add share counts bubble to standard Twitter buttons
As well as restoring share counts to your sharing buttons, you can also add share counts to standard Twitter buttons:
All you have to do is to copy and paste the provided code anywhere on the page and NewShareCounts automatically discovers all standard Twitter buttons on the page, and adds the counter bubble to them.
It really couldn’t be any easier, and it’s free!
For most people, Twitter Share Counts will be restored to their old levels, rather than having to start from zero again. And if you’re showing high Twitter share counts, when your competitors are showing none, you’re naturally going to have an advantage. Because as studies show, content that is already shared a lot, will get more shares than content with less shares.
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