With so many social media sites in circulation today, badge soup can become a real problem for web sites trying to squeeze the most out of their traffic. Everyone has a different set of core social media sites that they use -- from del.icio.us and Ma.gnolia, to Digg, Reddit, and Diigo, we all have our favorites. But appealing to your users' varied tastes often means an overwhelming sea of site badges that is both unattractive and ineffective. Web developer Aza Raskin has a solution based on a browser history leak introduced due to CSS.
"Not everyone uses Digg. You have to decide on which bookmarking site, if any, to dedicate your precious screen real-estate. It's a hard choice. If you choose poorly your reader won't vote," writes Raskin. "On the other hand, if you take the bird-shot approach, it overloads your reader with branded badge after branded badge. It turns your page into the village bicycle. Not pretty."