Number next to the Facebook sharing button

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  • #2163977

    Hi,
    I’m doing a project using WordPress, and I have to analyze the site stats. I was wondering what the number in the little bubble next to the Facebook button means (ex. Facebook 54). Does that mean that’s how many people shared it on Facebook?

    Please help! Thanks, Lindsay

    The blog I need help with is fashionfighterscampaign.wordpress.com.

    #2164084

    timethief
    Member

    It reflects only the number of visitors to your blog who clicked that icon for Facebook on that specific post. It does not reflect sharing that’s done anywhere else because WordPress.COM does not have that data.

    #2164093

    So it means that 54 people on Facebook clicked this specific post’s link to my blog page?

    #2164094

    timethief
    Member

    No, that is not what I said.
    I said this:
    It reflects only the number of visitors to your blog who clicked that icon for Facebook on that specific post. It does not reflect sharing that’s done anywhere else because WordPress.COM does not have that data.

    #2164098

    I’m sorry. I’m still confused. I didn’t understand what that meant. Is there a different way that you could explain it? Thanks!

    #2164100

    timethief
    Member

    The number reflects the number of visitors who read your post on your blog and then clicked the Facebook share button below the post on the blog.

    #2164372

    tibraali
    Member

    I guess the question is: does clicking on that button actually shares that article on FB? So if the button shows ’54’ then that is the least number of times the article has been shared on FB.

    However, this number, in my experience doesn’t always correspond to the number that the ‘stats’ page on the backend of wordpress.com shows. I have found that the latter number is usually much smaller. Not sure which number to trust.

    #2164373

    raincoaster
    Member

    Both of them. Lots of people share posts to FB from the Reader, and they do not count as a hit. Also, if you’ve got share button on the main blog posts page, then people will click to share and they’re only counted as a hit to the main blog, not that specific post.

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