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Anneliese Sparks

Twitter Removes Share Counts: Here's How to Find Them

Anneliese Sparks
Twitter Removes Share Counts: Here's How to Find Them

Twitter recently announced in October that they would be switching up their "tweet" button and remove share counts from it. That change actually took place on November 20th, according to Twitter's updated blog post about the decision. Here's what the button used to and now looks like:

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Twitter is moving forward with this decision for a couple of reasons, one being that the share count never accounted for retweets, quote tweets or variants of URLs (which, to be honest, was a bummer).

The second reason is that they're trying to simplify their platform and switch from their Cassandra database to Manhattan and implementing other features and foregoing share count. A lot of people are upset about this, including myself, because out of all the social share buttons this was the one I placed most emphasis on.

You might be wondering, "Is there any way around this?" And luckily there is, thanks to BuzzSumo, who was prepared and ahead of the game with their new chrome extension. Here's how it works:

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Once downloaded, you simply click on the Buzzsumo extension in the upper right hand corner of your browser, then you enter the URL of the article you want share counts for. BuzzSumo then breaks it down by Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Google+. What's even cooler is that you can actually view who shared it, see any backlinks to that article and view any other content by that particular author. You can also analyze that particular website and view their most shared content (one of my favorite features of BuzzSumo).

What do you think about Twitter removing share counts? Do you think other social media channels will follow suit? Let us know in the comments!

Anneliese Sparks is a Social Media Manager at SEMrush and is responsible for all sorts of cool happenings in the digital marketing world.

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Razvan Gavrilas
Razvan Gavrilas
I really think that getting the counts out affects shareability overall. why would they create the counts first of all ... if not for that.

we found a fix for it though. and we created a Free alternative widget that shows the counts.
http://twitcount.com plus it also shows the actual people that share too :)
Maarten Schenk
Maarten Schenk
There is also http://opensharecount.com which still lets you display your share counts on your site.
Anneliese Sparks
Anneliese Sparks
Maarten Schenk
Maarten,

Thanks for sharing, they actually reached out to me after I published this article and told me about it! Definitely going to check it out, thanks for the tip :)
Artur Brugeman
Artur Brugeman
Anneliese Sparks
You should also take a look at newsharecounts.com, it allows you to track many websites.
Anneliese Sparks
Anneliese Sparks
Artur Brugeman
Thanks, Artur!
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