In many social media applications there are lines of links or buttons, such as favorite, share, like etc.

Sometimes there have additional information such as the number of times an action has been taken against it.

Some examples



With an expanded extra links icon


A variation, links are in a list view

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What is this called in the UX world (links bar?) and does the variations above have different names also?

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These are called Actions to that particular post/card/list-item. The actions will differ from application to application but the basic philosophy is to make it easier and granular for the user to perform the action for a particular element such as a Facebook Status.

They are specifically used to perform an important action.

As a design principle, the actions which are Primarily used and are Positive are used before the Not Oftenly Used actions.

Negative Actions are generally buried in the Overflow Menu, to indicate lesser importance and to avoid accidental destructive actions such as Delete.

  • Would a line of actions be referred to as an "action line" or still just "actions" ?
    – port5432
    Oct 18, 2015 at 14:47
  • Actions. Since every element is separate. Oct 18, 2015 at 14:53

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