by Jonathan Rothwell

[LINK] Non-creepy sharing buttons

Octopress 2.1 now includes an option called respectfully_social. It replaces JavaScript-laden sharing buttons with text-only links.

These have been deployed on this site, and they’re working a treat. (Hint: if you enable them on your own site and aren’t seeing them, don’t forget to run a rake update or rake install to install the new theme files, and then rake generate to regenerate your site.)

This is better from a user’s point of view in two ways:

  1. it obviates the potential privacy concerns of Facebook, Google etc. potentially tracking your browsing habits using the JavaScript buttons;
  2. being sprited images and text links, they’re much quicker to load.