I came across a question in Basecamp today from a client saying "Should we add some social share buttons?", which more or less translates to "Lets add some share buttons". This question got asked to me as a designer, rather than my usual role as a developer, so I challenged this more than I probably normally would, replying "yeah, do we actually need to add need to add share buttons?" (in my head).
If I like a piece of content, whether it be a video, an article, an image or whatever may be, I will get a link for it and post it to wherever I see fit. I don't think I've ever used a share button.
So my question is, do we actually use these "handy" share buttons that the likes of Facebook and Twitter provide? I know from a developers point of view they add extra page weight and rely on external resources and from a design point of view they add visual clutter and can detract from the actual content.
I asked on Twitter posed the question on Twitter but would love to hear in more detail what people think.