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Sometimes the Twitter and Facebook share buttons are missing on my own posts. (The ones under the favourite icon.)

Why is this? I want to get share my posts with my twitter followers, as usually I get better responses.

Note: The sharing buttons are also available on SOFU now (but not on the meta sites).

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On which particular Stack Exchange site are you talking about? – Cody Gray May 18 '11 at 8:37
Stack Overflow. Isn't this just Meta Stack Overflow? – Adam Lynch May 18 '11 at 8:38
It also covers problems, feature requests etc for all the Stack Exchange network. – ChrisF May 18 '11 at 8:40
This Meta site is kind of special. In addition to questions about Stack Overflow in particular, it also serves as the "main" Meta site for the entire Stack Exchange network. So both are on topic, unlike regular site metas. – Cody Gray May 18 '11 at 8:42
That's not a bug, that's a feature! – Andrew Grimm Sep 7 '11 at 0:25
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Only the Stack Exchange 2.0 sites have automatic Facebook- and Twitter-sharing buttons. The sites that make up the "original trilogy" (Stack Overflow, Server Fault, and Super User) don't have this integration.

You'll have to share the question yourself if it's posted on one of those three sites.

I've been told that the Facebook bookmarklet is a nice option. Or see this comprehensive list of third-party tools available for the trilogy websites.

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Ok. Then how do I shorten the URL? E.g.… => – Adam Lynch May 18 '11 at 8:46
@Adam: ? – Cody Gray May 18 '11 at 8:47
Oh you see I thought SO used it's own short URL address. I had never seen before – Adam Lynch May 18 '11 at 8:48
@Adam: They might for the SE 2.0 sites that have the social networking integration. I've honestly never used either of those features, so I can't say for certain. But there isn't any such thing for Stack Overflow in particular. At least not yet. – Cody Gray May 18 '11 at 8:50
Has this just changed? – Andrew Grimm Sep 6 '11 at 23:44
@Andrew: Yes - recently changed. – Nightfirecat Sep 7 '11 at 3:35

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