You see, the sad reality is that too many people have drunk the Twitter Kool-Aid and grossly overestimate its value when it comes to web design and conversions. Here’s why via 7 Reasons Having a Twitter Feed in Your Sidebar is a Really Dumb Idea.
Every time Twitter slows down or fail whales, your site will have some issues loading because of that Twitter feed …
I’d definitely add that removing the Facebook like box with all the smiley faces … same thing … noise directing you away from your site … If the goal is to keep your readers on your site then why give incentives to click away?
- 7 Things Your Blog’s Sidebar Can’t Live Without (hubspot.com)