Why Bother With Facebook Send?
The reaction of web developers to Facebookâ€™s introduction of the send button last week has been decidedly mixed. But no matter your view on the subject, itâ€™s worth knowing how and why the button might be useful on your site.
Tapping into the marketing potential of the large and active Facebook user base in any way you can is worth the effort of implementing the â€œsendâ€ button on your site.
The â€œSendâ€ button allows you to share a link with a select Facebook friend or group of friends instead of plastering whatever youâ€™re sharing on your wall for everyone to see.
Web designers have had mixed reactions to it because it is yet one more plug-in they have to add to the sharing section of their sites. Doesnâ€™t it pretty much duplicate the Email to Friend function?
Only on the surface of it. For many Facebook users, it might be easier to enter recipient names instead of email addresses.
It is easier to remember a friendâ€™s name than a long, sometimes random email address. Even better, they are probably already logged into Facebook, which makes the process quick and easy. Facebook is becoming ubiquitous and, especially for younger users, more natural than email. Many users may not take the trouble to send an email, but have no problem entering the names of a few Facebook friends.
But why would a siteâ€™s visitor use a â€œsendâ€ button instead of a like button? Maybe there are times when users donâ€™t want to share something over their whole network, but they would like to send it to a few people. For whatever reason, there may be something you donâ€™t want Grandma to see, but would like to share with your best friend. The â€œSendâ€ button gives you control of who sees what. Who doesnâ€™t like a little more control?
As a web designer, there are a few different ways the â€œSendâ€ button could help, depending on the type and purpose of your site. If your site is a blog, placing the â€œSendâ€ button under the first paragraph or two of a posting might get readers hooked just in time to send the story to their interested friends. If you have an eCommerce site, a Facebook user can â€œsendâ€ a particular item to the friends who might be interested in buying. The siteâ€™s visitors could do some valuable targeted marketing all on their own.
It might take a little extra work to put a â€œSendâ€ button on a site. It might even seem a little silly when you look at the sheer number of sharing options youâ€™ve already got. But any way a siteâ€™s visitor has to get the word out about a site is valuable, especially one that allows your visitor to market for you directly to the friends who might be interested.
What do you think? Have you sent anything via the â€œSendâ€ button yet? If you have a website, do you find the extra effort involved in implementing the â€œSendâ€ button is worth the possibility of targeted traffic?Advertisement