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Best practices for Facebook Website Like vs Page Like

When you have a website, I feel like there are two choices of how to utilize Facebook's like button: I can have users like the website itself and then monitor it via the administration dashboard ...
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User settings pages: is it better to ask the user to Connect to external networks (eg. Twitter) or simply provide dumb fields?

We're finally building user profiles on our site (gelaskins.com) and we'd like to allow our users/artists to publicly display their external networks like Twitter & Instagram. Is it considered bad ...
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Good idea to accept only JPEG uploads on a social media site?

Would it be acceptable on a social Website which features photographs of people to accept only JPEG uploads? GIF animations are not allowed anyway since only photos of people are accepted. Also, all ...
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Share buttons on landing pages : good or bad for conversion?

It seems that there are many contradictory opinions as to whether it's advised or not to put social sharing buttons on a landing page. Some say it's good and some say it lowers the conversion rate. ...
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How should one refer to their social network profiles in prints?

In case a person has many different social network profiles, what is the proper way of referring to those profiles in a work that is meant to be printed or may be viewed as an image? For example one ...
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Is there a reason to keep a Facebook 'Share' button?

For over a year now, the Like button enables you to add a comment, and it shares the story on Facebook with the thumbnail and all. Although the share dialog gives more options to the user - they are ...
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Should you still include “Follow us” with your social icons on the web? [closed]

I have been seeing a weaning out of the label follow us with social icons. Tell me if you think it adds value or doesn't affect the site. An example of a site that uses it is Mod Cloth. One that ...
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What is the best approach to design registration page

I have seen users (including me) who get frustrating registration page and eventually decide to quit the site. (To be frank few of my friends left registration due to annoying captca verification) As ...
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What could be a single term (for use in a website) to refer to a community that encompasses students groups, academic institutes & recruiters?

I need a simple term that I could use in website's main navigation bar to refer to community encompassing academic groups, academic institutes & recruiters. The target page is supposed to contain ...
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Are users more likely to sign up with social login? [duplicate]

These days social login (via Facebook, Google, Yahoo, etc.) is becoming more and more popular. But it has problems: some users are reluctant to link their accounts on different sites to each other, ...
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How to visualize sentiment analysis of social media (ex: tweets)?

I'm trying to research potential ideas for visualizing sentiment analysis - specifically sentiment analysis of Tweets about a subject. I have some data and have bucketed the tweets into three buckets ...
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How to convert a visitor/ browser to a user?

I run a social learning network that enables anyone to create a class/ workshop on almost any non-academic topic and allows users to register online. Anybody can be a teacher or learner. Its free. ...
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How many social buttons?

There are millions of social networks out there. Of the top popular ones, like Google+, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter etc., Q: How many, in numbers, should be put up at all? UPDATE: Organization ...
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Should I use customized social buttons

I am facing a cornelian choice. Should I use custom social sharing buttons for UI consistency or should I keep them original for better recognition ?
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Social Login adoption vs Traditional Login

I have implemented janrain's social login on my website. I am wondering how important it is to include a traditional login (email/password) system. I believe there may be a significant percentage of ...
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Are 'share this' buttons really effective?

On a lot of websites (especially blogs), we find 'share it' buttons like this --> . Personally, I never used one. If I want to share something online, I copy the link and manually share it through ...
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Should Social Media Icons Hold Present Color Value? [duplicate]

When designing a website should social media icons keep their established color value or can they be restyled to associate with your website's theme? Can changing the icon colors impact the user? ...
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“By posting this, you agree to our terms and conditions”

Is it okay to have a "By posting this, you agree to our terms and conditions" (i.e. like 4chan) as opposed to a "I agree to the terms and conditions" checkbox? I read about automatic agreement to ...
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Is there an elegant way of sharing content that's already in a lightbox?

I'm working on a site that has a lightbox to showcase some content (yes, it needs to be a lightbox, for reasons I won't go into here). The client wants to give users the option to share content ...
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'Liking' Sensitive Events on Social Media: Contextual Icons and Words for Approval/Agreement

Prompted by recent events. The use of a Like icon (whether thumbs up or otherwise) is fine on social media for lots of things, but certain subjects and events should not be "liked" or use such a ...
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Upon the launch of a new site - add big slide-down / lightbox explanation?

Upon the launch of say a new social media site - is it appropriate to do a big slide-down / lightbox to explain what the site is about - or to let users figure things out for themselves? Former: ...
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Why use a 3-column layout like StackExchange, Facebook and YouTube?

Why do sites like StackExchange, Facebook and YouTube center their content and reduce its width? As opposed to sites like Reddit that go full width. Are they trying to spare the user from too much ...
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Sort by recent / popular: Use tabs or buttons?

I need to sort my content by recent and most popular. I see Reddit uses tabs, but unfortunately tabs won't fit into my layout. Would I be breaking any UX principles by using buttons? This question ...
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Should social media sharing icons be placed on the homepage as well as article pages?

I'm working on an online magazine, and we are considering which pages in the sitemap should have social media sharing icons. We have looked at four examples of related precedent sites throughout this ...
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Layout suggestions for social media sharing page

I need to make a "Share This Site" page that offer all the regular social sharing mediums and send to a friend email option. With Facebook like facebook share ReTweet this Digg Buzz delicious email ...
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Should I style my buttons?

Are there any major advantages / disadvantages in styling ones buttons like Facebook, Twitter and StackExchange - vs. not styling them like Craigslist and 4chan?
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Would adding horizontal scrolling to Facebook profiles be a good idea?

I saw these designs by Fred Nerby. He proposed adding horizontal scrolling to Facebook profiles. Is this good UI?
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integrating a social-network application into existing app from a UX point of view

We had a web app that acts as a travel portal for consumers - tours, hotels, attractions and so forth. It has recently been decided that a facebook-type platform be integrated as well. I am ...
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Best UX practice for top level category page social sharing buttons for posts

In trying to test an implementation of top page sharing widgets for individual posts, I'm able to see TechCrunch implement something similar, but with a 2-stage process, where user must hover over the ...
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Sharing Links on Facebook with Multi-Language Site?

We're trying to decide what the best course of action, and have two opposite opinions on this. We have a multi-language site (currently with English and German only). When a user shares a link to ...
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Use of Twitter Conversation Box

I'm designing the wires for an event page, with a phased approach. Phase 1 only includes registration and information, prior to the speakers being announced etc. In past years they have used a twitter ...
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Why are most social media web forms on the right hand side of the page now?

I am doing research into social media sites, and one thing I have noticed is that most of the main players in the social media and communication world (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Google) ...
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Is it a good idea to enforce a minimum comment length?

In a social application focusing on a niche community where the level of comment quality matters, is it a good idea to enforce a minimum comment length? For example, see this set of comments on a ...
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Is “Tweet to Unlock a Free Download” a dark pattern?

The Bricks seemed like an interesting free UI design resource, so I proceeded to attempt download and then I hit a "Tweet to Unlock" wall. This irked me... the resource is not free if there is forced ...
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What's the purpose of showing number of comments? [closed]

I was wondering if there's a reason to do so, other than to know if there's new activity.
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Suitable positions for social links on a website

I was just wondering if there is any research done into the ideal position to place social links (such as the links to the company's Facebook,twitter and Linkedin page). I have seen them placed in ...
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Why don't Facebook and Google+ use face recognition tools for user profile pics?

Is there any reason they're not using a face recognition tools to see if someone has uploaded an avatar or a non-person picture like nature, building,etc? Will this rule limit users or frustrate them? ...
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Best way to present toggles for sharing on other social networks?

I'm trying to come up with a way to display toggles for whether you want to share your status on Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr. This is intended for a web application. I looked at a couple of other ...
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Advantages of integrating chat and messages

The web app I'm working on (a social network) allows users to chat and send each other messages. This is not the main focus of the app, but it will be used quite a lot (these conversation need to be ...
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Coming soon pages - best practices?

I think the design of these pages vary greatly, and there is no set standard on what's usually on these pages. However, one thing that has been common with these pages in the past is that people tend ...
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Does removing logo and general links do any good for better UX in a social network site?

I have a social network project in hand. As logo and main menu will be ignored after a while from users, I put the top menu in homepage,contactus,aboutus, and some other general pages. When user logs ...
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Are social media icons as effective when grey-scale?

Social icons may be more noticeable in the header, but they can clutter they navigation. Are social icons as effective in grey-scale? ie. Will users still see them in a group of links if they're not ...
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Should a site have separate buttons for social media sharing and following?

Following: 'following' a business on Twitter or 'liking' a business on Facebook, or subscribing to their YouTube channel. Sharing: posting something on their wall/Twitter or their content on your ...
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How do you choose which sharing buttons to offer on your web app? [closed]

Are many sharing buttons good on a web app? How about design for a online book reading app. What matters on choosing sharing tools? My feeling is to know the function of sharing widgets and know the ...
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Why did they use two-stage social media sharing buttons?

I recently visited a seemingly fairly reputable web site and was astonished to see their implementation of a two-stage trigger for their social media buttons: (The text appears when you hover over ...
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Visualize deceased user on social media?

Death is part of our life, but we tend not to think about it. When a user dies in real life, the digital user still exists. Sometimes relatives continue to update the deceased users’ social media ...
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How to create a public UX process?

I want to make an experiment. I have a new project that I don't mind opening to the public. What I want to try is to use the public (e.g. Facebook) to go through a UX design process - from collecting ...
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Why does the Google +1 button not change to a -1 once clicked?

When you +1 something on Google or Google+, the +1 button becomes red and clicking this red button will remove your +1 in the post. Why was it designed like this? Changing the button color to red ...
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Social Media-List of users, Images, effectiveness

I am developing UI/UX for my mobile app which uses Social Networking. Currently It downloads names and events of friends, to do that I download list of user's friend from social networks, i.e. ...
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Share Buttons on Landing Page — Where to place them?

I've been reading up on share buttons in terms of placement, effectiveness, use, etc. However, the vast majority of resources are directed at blogs and other content oriented sites -- in fact, I ...