‘Sweep the Sleaze’

Oliver Reichenstein, on those insipid per-post social media buttons:

The previous wave of buttons for Delicious and Digg and Co. vanished, Facebook and Twitter and G+ might vanish or they might survive, but the buttons will vanish for sure. Or do you seriously think that in ten years we will still have those buttons on every page? No, right? Why, because you already know as a user that they’re not that great. So why not get rid of them now? Because “they’re not doing any harm”? Are you sure?

Update: I don’t think “sleazy” is the right adjective for these buttons. I’d just say they’re distracting, which to me is problem enough.

Wednesday, 30 May 2012