A little over a month ago, Twitter released a blog update detailing their plans to redesign the existing suite of Twitter buttons for social media. The bigger deal, and the one that is swiftly picking up steam as a Real Issue in social media circles, is the removal of the tweet count attached to the tweet button. Just about every blog on the web has social sharing buttons attached these days. A lot of the webmasters in charge love these buttons because they allow you to display share counts for the content.
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On November 20, , Twitter stopped showing share counts on its official embeddable Twitter buttons. It also discontinued the Twitter API that provided that information to various plugins and third party services that were showing Twitter share counts. There are alternative ways to display Twitter share counts since the November 20th Twitter count shutdown. Share counts remain available through Gnip, but at a price. We do it without paying hundreds of dollars per month, as this site is a small business and that cost would be prohibitive. For small business owners, McFarland suggests using OpenShareCount , which is a free to use, drop-in solution that will help you get the tweet count back in place. Unless you have technical skill yourself, you may need help of a developer to implement the OpenShareCount solution fully.
Why There Is No Share Count On Your Twitter Button (& How To Get Counts)
If you haven't looked at your website over the weekend, you came to the office this morning, checked your site and wondered "hey, where is the share count on my Twitter button? Today the only option is 3 -- a newly designed Tweet button without the option of a share count:. In September Twitter announced it would launch a redesign of its Tweet button. The new design follows the flat design trend popular on the web right now. This type of design is minimalistic and avoids skeuomorphic styling like drop shadows and gradients.