Have you ever wondered how many times your blog post was Tweeted? What about how many times your landing page has been Pinned? How about how many times your product page has been liked or shared on Facebook?
Of course, share buttons often have counters, so if you have those on your pages you can get a quick glance at how many shares you have. The problem is, a lot of designers and marketers don’t want a lot of social sharing buttons on their site. They are distracting, and often don’t fit in with the design of the site.
A lot of marketers, like myself, track their social media campaigns like there is no tomorrow. We’re constantly researching and analyzing the reach of our content on social media. To help paint a broad picture of social media performance, I decided to make it a project…
Say hello to Share Tally!
Share Tally is my attempt at displaying social activity for URLs, all in one consolidated place. Currently, Share Tally will gather the following information for any URL you enter:
- Facebook – Likes, Shares, Comments
- Twitter – Tweets
- Google+ – +1s
- Linkedin – Shares
- Pinterst – Pins
- Reddit – Score, Up Votes, Down Votes
Social Bookmarking / Social Sharing / Read-It-Later
- StumbleUpon – Stumbles
- Buffer – Buffers
- Delicious – Saves
- Pocket – Saves
Niche Sharing / Voting Sites
- (Marketing) Inbound.org – Votes
- (Small Business) BizSugar – Votes
- (Content / Sharing) Blokube – Votes
- (Design) TheWebBlend – Votes
- (Design) DesignFloat – Votes
- (Professional) Xing – Shares
This is what I decided to start with, and I realize there are a lot more out there that can be added. I plan on adding more, and organizing the data better in the future!
How is Share Tally built?
Share Tally uses unofficial APIs and scraping to gather it’s data. The same methods that are used to display share counts on buttons provided by each social network are employed to gather the data that is displayed on this page.
Each time someone enters a URL, the page is saved to a database. A unique URL is generated, and by way of AJAX calls the data is gathered. Each score is saved to the database for caching purposes, and I might decide to use the data in the future to show social activity over time.
Since each time you run a search Share Tally generates a unique URL, you can quickly and easily share this page with your friends, co-workers, managers, or clients. It’s a top-level view of social media activity across many social platforms, all in one place!
I had a lot of fun building this site, so I hope you enjoy it! Be sure to let me know of any social platforms that you think I should add in the future, and I will be happy to look into it!
Share Tally is very much a work in progress!