I have a blog that focuses on listicles that's very image heavy (eg. 10 Cats That Looks Like Madonna). And I'm trying to make it as "share friendly" as possible.
So far, I have had floating share buttons that follow the user as they scroll.
This design seems to be popular among most sites.
However, what I've noticed is that sites like Buzzfeed, ViralNova and Distractify that are more image heavy don't have fixed share buttons at all. Instead they have their share buttons pop up whenever you hover on an image.
I'm wondering what benefits this has over the standard floating buttons design?
My guess is having the share buttons "pop up" catches the user's attention, but so does having a floating bar follow you around.
Another benefit I could think of is that hovering buttons allow users to share different parts of the article. But how important is that to the user?
So yeah, I'm wondering what's better for an image heavy site (listicles), floating or hovering share buttons?