Show and tell: SharedCount

Where is which content being shared?

Do you sometimes want to get a quick idea of how often a link has been shared online? Maybe you wrote a blog post and have lost track of where it’s been posted? Perhaps you want to see what the competition is up to and what kind of traction their content has?

SharedCount provides social URL analytics. Said in plain English, you enter a URL and SharedCount generates a little list of of how often that content is featured on various social media channels. It uses publicly available information to do so and you can export the list to save or share it.

I gave it a whirl with one of my blog posts The difference between translators and dentists:

SharedCount results for one of my blog posts
SharedCount results for one of my blog posts

As it turns out, the results are nothing to write home about. But that’s not the point 🙂 The results showed some shares I hadn’t been aware of, making the 30 seconds I invested worth it.

(By the way, the results for Delicious and StumbleUpon are not shown here because I didn’t want the image to become too big. Since there were zero shares there, you’re not missing any information.)

SharedCount is also a quick way to get an idea of how many shares popular posts get on social media. Not everyone has share counters on their blogs, so it’s hard to tell how often their posts are shared. If you are interested in blogging about a certain topic, SharedCount could help you find out if related articles are popular on social media. It’s a quick spy program for sneaky market insights. And it doesn’t cost a thing!

Do you keep track of how your content is shared? Do you think that’s necessary?

 

PS This article, while not very recent, will give a good idea of what SharedCount can do.

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The Show and tell series is dedicated to pointing you, dear readers, to share-worthy people, projects, resources, tools, events and whatever else catches my eye. Please let me know what you think about my show-and-tell choices. You are also very welcome to share suggestions or even write a guest post.

Else Gellinek is a German-American, bilingual linguist and translator specializing in PR, marketing and corporate communications as well as non-native editing. She blogs about the translation industry, freelancing, language and anything else that might tickle her fancy.

There are 5 comments on this post

    1. Else Gellinek

      Hi Alina,

      It’s amazing how many tools there are. I’ll keep ShareTally in mind. Have a great week!

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  1. Nikki Graham

    Hi Else,

    I’ve just tried both tools with a post that I know has been shared a lot on Twitter and also on Google+ and both have given me 0 as the result for Twitter and Google+. I expect this is because the URL that has been shared is a shortened version, so unfortunately it seems that neither can give an accurate picture of how many times a blog post has been shared.

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    1. Else Gellinek

      Hi Nikki,

      That’s a really disappointing result. I just had a quick snoop around the web and can’t really find any real mention of how SharedCount (or other tools, for that matter) would handle shortened URLs. They don’t, probably 🙁

      Back to the drawing board!

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  2. Alina Cincan

    Thanks for the tip, Nikki. I hadn’t thought of that. Too bad they don’t handle shortened URLs. But still, they are handy nonetheless, even if not very accurate.

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