Challenge: Find Another Blog that Uses a Resig/LGF-Style “Retweet” CounterPosted: November 1, 2011
Yesterday, while revisiting the whole LGF “tweet counter” issue yet again, I posted the following:
Why the heck does bit.ly need to supply the “retweet” count? For the nth time, Twitter supplies their own tweet counters, free of charge, and they’re universally used by every other blogger and webmaster on the internet. They’re easy to add, and they don’t come across as an attempt to fool visitors (or lizards).
If one feels that the “clicks” are an important statistic (apparently Johnson and Resig are the only folks who feel this way; incoming twitter traffic shows up on the list of referrers like everything else), it could easily be a separate, individualized counter. But for some reason, he just continues to insist on this misleading configuration.
First, a clarification: For some reason, in this particular comment, Johnson kinda implies that the LGF “retweet” button is his own, but we know that it’s just a variation of Resig’s original design.
Next, the bolded portion above was a bit of a flaw on my part, as I really didn’t have anything at the time to back this assertion up. It could very well be that, in addition to LGF*, many bloggers and webmasters have adopted John Resig’s* so-called “Easy Retweet” concept and implemented it on their sites as well. I just haven’t noticed any. But we should give finding one a shot, I figure.
So, in the spirit of fact-checking (and because today marks the 2-yr anniversary of the “retweet” button/counter), I’m hoping to challenge our DoD readers to a bit of a scavenger hunt, and see if some Google-fu or some insight reveals some other site out there using this code. Surely another blogger has realized the value of this reasoning…there must be another one, right?
This could be one heck of a challenge…
*As it turns out, Resig’s counter is even more misleading than CJ’s, as on his blog the number isn’t accompanied by an explanation at all (scrollover, or otherwise). One of Resig’s recent threads has a counter that reads 24,000! Yay retweets!
Update: To save time, I encourage everyone to use memeorandum, as it displays links to many, many blogs on one page (that happen to be politically-themed, but that’s the league). When you spot a blog that uses a regular, proper tweet counter (like say, Politicons or Weasel Zippers), please note it in the comments so we can prevent doubling work as much as possible (and to create an informal list of blogs that are normal). Thanks.