We've added social media sharing buttons to 4 formats in the departments and policy section. If you look at the end of any consultation, news story, press release or world location news page you will now see sharing buttons to post a link to the page on Facebook or Twitter.
This is a feature that colleagues in a handful of departments have repeatedly asked for. We thank them for their patience. We prioritise rigorously based on evidence of user need, and this particular feature has been queued for a long time because zero end users have ever requested it, and all users in several rounds of guerrilla testing were able to share GOV.UK links to social networks easily by copying and pasting them.
But that's not to say adding these links wouldn't encourage more people to do so - and we're keen to support the needs of departments and agencies better too.
We've placed the links onto the 4 formats which lend themselves most readily to sharing activity, using the 2 most popular social networks. We've implemented it without use of third party code to avoid any data tracking nasties or anything that might slow down page speeds.
We'll be measuring the use of these links closely and will report back on what we find out.
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