Often I've wondered if social media buttons will eventually fall off our visual radar the way banner ads of the past did, and last week this article surfaced:
Sweep the Sleaze
Personally, I found that having live connections to FB in a page, or in multiple parts of a page caused such a tremendous performance hit that I finally opted to remove them, and replace them with a simple FB page button and link. This is just my own experience, and the reason against having SM buttons. Performance, not social value.
My favorite quote reflects earlier comments I made when this forum started sporting buttons:How are others tackling both sides (techie and social) of this question?“… those insipid per-post social media buttons”