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On my website I am using the 'Share' button to post a comment, document, or to have a poll. I'm confused either to use 'Share' or 'Post'.

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  • If they are posting a comment, then why not use 'Comment'. Stack Exchange has the Add Comment button doesn't it?
    – Michael Lai
    Commented Mar 22, 2013 at 3:57
  • I want a common button for a 'comment', 'document' and 'to have a poll'.
    – momwhocode
    Commented Mar 22, 2013 at 3:59
  • How does comment and poll work together? And what does the document function do?
    – Michael Lai
    Commented Mar 22, 2013 at 4:03
  • document function works for attachment
    – momwhocode
    Commented Mar 22, 2013 at 6:22
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    I think Post makes more sense because you can post a comment, post a document and post your voting preference (which is in effect taking a poll). Sharing seems to imply that it is linked to other social media networks, and it is not clear whether this happens or not in your interface.
    – Michael Lai
    Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 0:26

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Nowadays 'Share' is understood as sharing towards other applications or social networks. I would find it confusing to see 'Share' instead of 'Post'.

Example below while i am answering this question, the label of the button to validate my answer is 'Post Your Answer', which makes more sense to me than 'Share Your Answer'.

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Share is a far more human term with a clear indication that there is some relationship between you and some other people. It implies some sort of connection to the people that you are sharing with.

Post is a publishing term with very little concept of a connection with someone. It is clinical and cold.

So if your intention is to share with people, use 'share'. If it is to share with the world (i.e. publish it), then use 'post'.

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I think "Share" would be better suited to when you are sharing already existing content with others, and "Post" would be better for making new content that is available for viewing by others.

Think of a bulletin board and the similarities between it and a social networking site for example. You would post the new content onto the board, but if there was something already on the board that you wanted to show to others, you would share it

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I'll go for "Share" instead of "Post" only because the word sharing gives me a positive feeling... For me "Post" is just neutral...

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