I have a few questions to put to you guys - I've noticed a lot of Social Toolbars around the place on my web-traveling and in particular on blog style websites. Personally, I find them quite distracting and a nuisance but I wonder what you think?
- Do you use them and if yes, how often?
- Do you find them distracting, annoying?
- Have they any benefits to the visitor?
- Would you recommend using them and why?
Thoughts are welcome.
Thanks in advance,
PS: No product/website recommendations please.
I have never used one. But they don't bother me, I simply ignore them. I suppose if they ever get that obnoxious (like pop-ups, pop-unders) I'll do someting to block them.
I avoid them like the plague. I've never seen one that doesn't drive me crazy. If I want instant access to a social networking site (I only use one) I just keep it open in a browser. If I'm not interested, I close the browser.
It drives me nuts how everything seems to have it's own toolbar nowadays. =p
Quite similar to my own mindset here; I too am frustrated with tool-bars for almost everything as well! This is what I assumed, I believe if people did want to interact socially they would do so on each individual social website rather than on an integrated toolbar - I don't even know how secure this can be for the visitor too! :scratch:
Some of the tool-bars can be integrated quite well but those that contain flashing messages or additional pop-up menus are quite annoying to me!
Ah yes, I do wonder what security issues they pose to the visitor - I did think that they would have to have some sort of tracking process attached to them. I just don't get how they can be so popular though and still in use, perhaps it's just the latest gimmick to have and makes you appear more user-friendly (to some) and more "in tune" socially.
It's interesting to hear the feedback thus far - all seems to be what I imagined but I'd also be really interested to hear any success stories from those of you who have used them whether on your blog/site or as a visitor!
I never use browser toolbars period. They take up resources, annoy you with pop-ups, update announcements, and nag you to use it. Also, it's impossible to remove the search bar from these toolbars, even though browsers already have search bars built-in these days. Some have also been known to mine data from your browser (especially the search bar), when they really shouldn't.