Learn all about Share Counts

We currently provide share count data on a few select share buttons. At the time of writing this article, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Delicious share counts are supported. In the Google Plus API documentation, the call to retrieve share counts is not included. Until it has been officially made available, we will, unfortunately, be unable to provide share counts for the Google Plus button in our share bar.

 

How can I edit my Share Count settings?

You can easily enable/disable the share count display for a Share Buttons app via the Edit panel.

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The COUNTER style options available for selection depend on your THEME and SIZE choices. All changes are immediately applied once your settings have been saved.*

* A note to WordPress users: After making changes to your settings, empty all caches in any caching plugins along with your browser's cache to see the changes reflected.

  

How do Share Counts work?

We do not calculate the number that appears as the share count for any page. The number is retrieved from the respective service and reflects the total shares to that service for the lifetime of that URL.

Our Share Buttons automatically detect which URL to share, but this can be modified by manually defining the data-link attribute. The URL shared through our buttons is the same URL that is used when retrieving share count data.

If you alter the URL of your published content in any way, the share count from the previous URL will not carry over to the new URL because different URLs are regarded as different pages.**

** An example of URL alteration: One of your blog posts is titled "10 Ways to Improve your Social Media Standing" and has the URL http://www.mywebsite.com/10-ways-to-improve-your-social-media-standing, but you change the post title to "12 Ways to Improve your Social Media Standing", which in turn changes the URL to http://www.mywebsite.com/12-ways-to-improve-your-social-media-standing. Because the URL has been changed, the share count will start from zero as if this is an entirely new post. 

  

How can I verify the Share Count accuracy?

First, determine the exact URL being shared, which corresponds with the count shown. An easy way to identify the exact URL is by pressing the Email This share button; you can then copy the URL from the share dialog.

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Use the resources below to directly review the data from these services. This is how we retrieve the share count.

 

Facebook: http://graph.facebook.com/YOUR_URL_HERE

Twitter: http://urls.api.twitter.com/1/urls/count.json?url=YOUR_URL_HERE

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/countserv/count/share?url=YOUR_URL_HERE

Pinterest: http://api.pinterest.com/v1/urls/count.json?url=YOUR_URL_HERE

Delicious: http://feeds.delicious.com/v2/json/urlinfo/data?url=YOUR_URL_HERE

 

An example:

URL: https://www.shareaholic.com/publishers/sharing/ (our Share Buttons demo page)

 

Facebook: http://graph.facebook.com/https://www.shareaholic.com/publishers/sharing/

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Twitter: http://urls.api.twitter.com/1/urls/count.json?url=https://www.shareaholic.com/publishers/sharing/

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LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/countserv/count/share?url=https://www.shareaholic.com/publishers/sharing/

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Pinterest: http://api.pinterest.com/v1/urls/count.json?url=https://www.shareaholic.com/publishers/sharing/

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Delicious: http://feeds.delicious.com/v2/json/urlinfo/data?url=https://www.shareaholic.com/publishers/sharing/

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