Hello, everyone! We've been looking at what users think about having a quick button to share to social media. From the poll we had, a lot of users were for it.
The poll is still running, but there's definitely a desire to be able to share art quickly and easily, resulting in several benefits:
- Posts will reach people on social media, providing links back to the original artwork. This will get you more views, more attention, and potentially more commissions.
- You won't need to rely solely on FN users to share submissions. If you don't have many followers on FN but have a good crew on social media, you can reach that group in just a couple of clicks.
- As posts are shared, the site will likely gain more members and grow. Growth helps everyone who uses the site.
There are a few things I want to discuss when working on this to see exactly how we would implement it.
Should all submissions be shareable?
I personally lean towards yes, and here's why. When furries go to browse FN, they should have a set of expectations for how the site will work. If they can share some posts on social media but can't with others, it'll make the tool much less valuable - why browse with the intent to share if I can't on some images?
In addition, galleries inherently are about sharing; users upload submissions because they want others to view those submissions.
Finally, any submissions uploaded to the gallery can still be downloaded and shared; without a formalized way to do it, though, there's a higher chance someone will do that without giving you credit or posting a link to find your profile.
I understand some submissions are meant to be private; we do have an unlisted category, and we may wish to prevent sharing to social media for those.
What sites should we be able to share to?
Twitter is the big one - more furries use it than any other service, and they tend to be alright with a wide variety of content. If there's enough demand, we can look at other sites, as well.
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