Why did I Stop Using SharedBy Toolbar?
Sharedby – previously known as Visibly is a Social Media Marketing and Analytics platform that helps you optimize your social media engagement. This is an excellent social media tool allowing you to show your brand and content above each page you link. The reason I am not using SharedBy.co anymore, is not because they changed the name or the tool bar is not engaging. Before I get into that, lets see what is Sharedby and how it works.
How Does SharedBy Toolbar Work?
Registration is easy. You can choose: Twitter, Facebook or unique SharedBy registration form to register. After successful registration, you are required to setup your social settings. This is to be done in three steps.
- Connect your Twitter accounts – (as a Free users you are entitled to use only one account)
- Auto-Convert your links – (Turn this OFF if you don’t want Sharedby automatically replace your links with trackable ones. Real-time analytics and Engagement Bar are only available if this setting is ON)
- Add the Engagement Bar to your links – (Yes, No options)
Engagement bar is actually the main Sharedby feature that needs to be setup correctly. If you set Auto-Convert option ON, all your Twitter links will be automatically replaced with new ones that will include Engagement bar on top of them. As most of the Social Media tools, this one is also offering Bookmarklet for easy link sharing.
Engagement bar can be customized in many ways. You will find a separate page for customizing your toolbar with various social media and other unique plugins. What are the benefits of using this toolbar? I will mention few of them:
- With each shared link, you can promote your products or services.
- Toolbar helps you retain more than 12% of your readers (Sharedby claim).
- Toolbar will drive traffic and may increase sales.
- All your converted links will be tracked by Sharedby Analytics
- Self-promotion benefits
Analytic and Influencer (Premium) Services from SharedBy
Another advantage you get by using Sharedby links is that all of them are tracked by Sharedby Analytics. By visiting analytics page, you are clearly presented how many people clicked on your links, number of Retweets, visitor’s geolocation, etc.
However, not everything on this site is free. Sharedby is offering many features to free accounts, but some analytics related features are only for premium users like:
- Social Analytics Timing (To view optimal times to send your tweets)
- Social Analytics Follower loyalty (To view in-depth analytics on your followers)
If you have more than one twitter account, you will have to go premium as free account will limit you to one account. Premium (Influencer) account summary:
- Unlimited Analytics history
- Additional Analytics features
- Bit.ly integration
- Manage more than one twitter account at once
Price is $7.00 per month, and that is not expensive if you serious about your Twitter account. Casual users will surely skip this offer.
SharedBy Possible Conflicts with other Social Media Tools
Main difference between SharedBy and other tools is that, it converts your Tweets with ones containing Sharedby links. Converting is done by replacing your old tweets (deleting them) and by adding exactly the same ones with Sharedby link. Yes, SharedBy deletes your original Tweet and create a duplicate Tweet with SharedBy link.
You might think: Hey, that’s great, I want as many Sharedby links as possible so I can use Engagement bar features. Well, this might not be that good. Many people are using more than one Social Media tools for communication with Twitter, and some of them are collecting tweets information just like Sharedby.
Imagine what would happen if e.g. Twylah collects your twitter links and present them on your Twylah page them 5 minutes later Sharedby removes them (by deleting them). It would be a disaster. Your Twylah page would be full of broken links (Page Does not Exist).
I am including a screenshot of Tweet mentioning me. You can find the time and the platform originally used by the person and the duplicate Tweet created after a minute by SharedBy. If you watch the Twitter Stream of a person who uses SharedBy you can find that every Tweets are duplicated and the original Tweets are deleted within a minute.
In the screenshot above, if you look closely, you can see that the original Tweet came at 2.40 pm and a duplicate Tweet careted at 2.41 pm. The links are different. I’ve blackened the Twitter profile information and the SharedBy url to protect the privacy of the Twitter user.
It’s too much self-promotion. Don’t you think that I am doing enough self promotion in my won website? People by visiting your Sharedby links are forced to look at your Engagement bar. Can you force Engagement? I think this is exactly what SharedBy Toolbar is doing, Forced Engagement.
It would be great if you could set every third twitter link you post to be converted to Sharedby link. Such feature does not exist – only if you convert manually which could be exhausting.
Since I am huge Twylah fan, I am not using Sharedby as it is breaking my Twylah Pages. But it does not mean Sharedby is bad. Actually, it’s a good tool. However, you must be aware of converting process this tool uses. People are usually using more than one Social Media tool, and this could be a problem. Sharedby, conceptually is a good idea It’s up to you to decide should you use it or not.