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Apr 26, 2013, 2:25pm Top

We've added "share" buttons on Add Books, so you can post your new books to Twitter and Facebook from the Add Books page.

Apr 26, 2013, 2:26pm Top

Well, I won't use it but it does me no harm, so I don't see anything wrong with it.

Apr 26, 2013, 2:29pm Top


Apr 26, 2013, 2:29pm Top

I'm still hoping for Date Acquired in the Quick Edit ;)

Apr 26, 2013, 2:30pm Top

Interesting. Not criticizing here, but curious: What does this accomplish that the review option of posting to Twitter and Facebook doesn't?

Apr 26, 2013, 2:38pm Top

>5 richardderus: Well, that you don't have a review written, for one... It's just sharing that you've added new books.

Apr 26, 2013, 2:42pm Top

Saves a few clicks; before you had to go to your feed and send it to FB/Twitter from there.

Apr 26, 2013, 2:44pm Top

Yeah. Review posting is just for reviews. This is for the act of adding it—adding it to your library, wishlist, etc.

Apr 26, 2013, 2:47pm Top

Hey, I thought all Add Books fixes and improvements were delayed until the mythical Add Books redo. :P

Apr 26, 2013, 2:56pm Top


Apr 26, 2013, 3:11pm Top


No, no, bug fixes are deferred. Fixing things that weren't broken is apparently still okay.

Apr 26, 2013, 3:19pm Top

So, Date Acquired isn't a bug fix.... :D

Apr 26, 2013, 5:44pm Top

I like this! I would also like if there was an RSS feed of new catalogue entries that I could automatically send to Twitter or Facebook (I remember vaguely to have read something about a similar feature in the pipeline?).

Apr 26, 2013, 6:02pm Top

13 - There is an RSS feed, near the bottom right of the profile. How you'd get that to Twitter or FB I don't know. Staff are in process of developing more sharing features using the "share" page (linked from the top of your librarything page).

Edited: Apr 26, 2013, 6:04pm Top

> 1

I won't use it, but I'm sure someone will. And as a non-user of those services, I love that it hides the |t| and |f| icons from my view.

Edited: Apr 26, 2013, 6:16pm Top

thanks @ rsterling! I should be able to use this via Twitterfeed.

Apr 26, 2013, 6:37pm Top

Oh no no no. I hate this idea. LibraryThing is one of the few places I use that isn't all junked up like this.

Apr 26, 2013, 6:43pm Top

Oh dear. How very FaceBook.

Apr 26, 2013, 7:10pm Top

Oh so limited! What about sharing to G+ ? (yes, actual people are there in the wainscotting!) I usually cross post my book reviews there, but it would be nice if it were just a matter of two button clicks.

Apr 26, 2013, 8:09pm Top

Nice! Elegant combination of accessible (for those who want to use it) and unobtrusive (for those who don't) . . .

Apr 26, 2013, 8:25pm Top

>17 the_red_shoes:–18

The goal is to be social-optional not social-very-difficult. However, I'll look into having the button not show up if your account isn't linked to Facebook or Twitter. Fair enough?

>19 Murphy-Jacobs:

We'll consider it in the future, but the current amount of sharing doesn't justify G+. If it was more than a few a week, I'd be surprised.

Apr 26, 2013, 8:40pm Top

#21 by timspalding> That would make me happy (the not showing up if you're not linked to FB and Twitter). And if it did that on reviews, too.

But honestly, it's not a big deal. I know you're worried about "discoverability", such that people who don't realize there is such a feature will never notice its existence unless they dig around in the profile. Perhaps you could bite the bullet and have an option in the profile for "don't show social networking links".

Apr 27, 2013, 3:07am Top

21> ??? If there's no easy way to share to G+, and there are few shares, how does that justify or not justify anything? There are some people willing to go to extra effort to share to G+, and more - like me - who would do it if there were an easy way. I won't use FB, I do use Twitter (sharing reviews), I'd add G+ if it were as easy as sharing to Twitter.

Apr 27, 2013, 3:11am Top

I hear you. I'd have to put a programmer onto figuring it out. It would probably take at least a few days, maybe a week or more. I'm not sure the ROI on that is sufficient, with everything else we can do now.

Apr 27, 2013, 3:28am Top

OK. Non-urgent - but when someone has a few hours/days to spare, if a share-just*-like-twitter could be added, I and others would be pleased.

*for varying definitions of "just"

Apr 27, 2013, 3:45am Top

I would like for LT to recognize that I don't *share* to these places and then not put goofy links to do so. But if it takes development time to remove the links it's not worth the hassle. I can ignore it. Please just consider that in the future whatever *sharing* crapola should be invisible to the non-sharers.

Apr 27, 2013, 4:42am Top

21> Yes. Please. I don't use either, and hate seeing these links all over various sites.

Edited: Apr 27, 2013, 4:23pm Top

I did hit the share feature on the add books page, but it didn't show up in my Facebook. Help?

I still can't get the share feature to post to Facebook. It appears my profile on LT is connected to FB.

Apr 27, 2013, 11:06am Top

If people hate it enough to install the Stylish addon (desktop only except for chrome on android), it would be trivially easy for me to make a style that makes these icons never show up.

Just sayin. Send me a PM.

Apr 27, 2013, 11:49am Top

I'd prefer they not be there (it doesn't really make sense for them to be, when they're not connected to anything), but it's not that big a deal to me. I can wait until Tim, hopefully, makes them officially gone when unconnected.

Apr 27, 2013, 12:21pm Top

>29 brightcopy:

Let me work the problem first. We can add a feature to hide them, if people want.

The problem is that I want new users to see the feature. They need to know about the ability to share on FB and Twitter—how easy it is and where. And, frankly, even if they don't connect we periodically want to remind them of the possibility. I've often used a site by itself and only later connected it to Facebook. At the same time, we don't want to shove people's faces in it—which, in my opinion, the "share" button does not do!

Anyway, that's the problem.

Apr 27, 2013, 12:56pm Top

So, make an option to hide them, but don't hide them automatically just because people haven't connected?

(I personally don't mind seeing them there.)

Apr 27, 2013, 1:11pm Top

32 > I agree with _Zoe_, even if I don't use it I don't mind seeing that something is available to use. And I might use it, if I'm reminded that it's there.

It's funny, because I tweet and FB a lot, but rarely put anything directly from LT on them. It's like Twitter and FB are my public facades, but LT is more personal. I guess that says something about my relationship to books.

Apr 27, 2013, 1:37pm Top

>33 PhaedraB:

Yeah. I wish I could go the other way sometimes—push FB to LT.

Apr 27, 2013, 2:04pm Top

> 33: Right, I'm on Twitter and on Facebook (though I don't use either often), as well as on LT. I'm merely too lazy to find out how this sharing thingy works.

Make it very easy and I might - play hard to get and I won't bother to even make it seem like I bother. (Neither Twitter not Facebook is important to me).

Apr 27, 2013, 2:34pm Top

>31 timspalding: So then make the option to hide them and set it to show by default. But I don't need and certainly don't want to be "reminded of the possibility" of sharing stuff on sites that I can't stand. I choose to be *here*, on LT, and not on those sites, for a reason.

Apr 27, 2013, 3:40pm Top

36:"So then make the option to hide them and set it to show by default. But I don't need and certainly don't want to be "reminded of the possibility" of sharing stuff on sites that I can't stand. I choose to be *here*, on LT, and not on those sites, for a reason."

I agree with this 100% :)

Apr 27, 2013, 3:44pm Top

Amost every site I frequent has links to various social sites. I can ignore them quite easily.

Apr 27, 2013, 5:11pm Top

I really, really hate seeing those links to Facebook and Twitter everywhere I go.

Apr 28, 2013, 2:39pm Top

I only see the share icon and if there had not been a discussion I would not have clicked it. So unless I would like to start sharing there is no need to see the FB and Twitter stuff. For this reason I don't find it offensive.

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