Jetpack: remove the share counts from the sharing buttons

Jetpack’s sharing buttons look good, are simple, and offer 4 different display options:

  • Icon + Text
  • Text
  • Icon
  • Official Buttons

If you choose one of the 3 first button types, Jetpack automatically adds sharing counts for the most popular Social Networks.

Jetpack Sharing Buttons

This is great, but what if you don’t want to make extra requests to external services for each post that you publish on your site? Luckily, Jetpack allows you to remove the sharing counts with a simple filter:

add_filter( 'jetpack_sharing_counts', '__return_false' );

Once you add that filter to a functionality plugin or to your theme’s functions.php file, Jetpack will stop adding the Javascript library responsible for calling each Social Network to count the number of shares.
Your sharing buttons won’t include any count anymore, but you will have saved a few resources on your site!