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New Facebook Connectivity

20 January 2011

I’m trying out some new ways of integrating this blog into Facebook, and particularly to my Facebook page, to which you’ll also find a link in the sidebar. Once this is working smoothly, it will be a value-added service I can offer my website clients. One kind of integration available is that you can use your Facebook identity to log in here on this site, and you can optionally post your comments both here and on Facebook simultaneously. I’ll describe more details as they become available.

Currently I’m using the Facebook Opengraph plugin from Javier Reyes, which provides several useful widgets plus a Like button for each post. If anyone has suggestions for another easy way to integrate a WordPress blog with a Facebook page, please let me know.

145 Comments to “New Facebook Connectivity”

  1. Dale says:

    I think It makes sense to use a relatively new Facebook blog plugin. This one is good when you want the comments your visitors add to Facebook to become part of your website, not only visually, but as a part of the WordPress database. In April 2011, Facebook released an extension to their protocol (the so called graph api) that makes it possible. This plugin uses the extended Facebook protocol to import comments from Facebook to WordPress database. Some visitors prefer to post comments to Facebook Social Plugin as these comments are becoming part of their social activity and are displayed on their wall. Other visitors prefer not to use Facebook comments. They would like to post their comments to your WordPress blog. The Facebook Import Comments combines both type of plugins and makes them part of your WordPress blog. From an SEO standpoint, your blog will be more dynamic and more attractive for spiders.

  2. Judith says:

    I’m developing a new blog and one of the most important features I want to implement is a convenient and efficient and semi-automated comments module. What I mean by semi-automated is using a plugin that posts the comments from my Facebook fan page onto a designated page on my blog. This is important from an SEO and ranking standpoint because Google bots are programmed to give higher rankings to sites which demonstrate more human activity. The amount of relevant comments will help in this regard which is why it is an important feature that any blog developer should seriously consider and make sure it works properly by continually testing and monitoring the comments that are submitted.

  3. Facebook is certainly a wonderful social media to promote your business and for marketing your brand. I think it is a great idea to linkyour blog to Facebook.

  4. Adam says:

    I wonder how the Facebook public stock offering will affect the way Facebook develops or accepts third party development of extensions for Facebook users. Even though that social network is already well funded, sometimes the direction, philosophy or culture can change when a company goes public, unless of course, CEO Zuckerberg maintains a majority holding, which is what we would fully expect him to do. Like Steve Diamond, I prefer to drive traffic to my blog rather than a Facebook fan page. I still use Facebook as a tool to drive traffic to a blog or as just another options for readers to use when submitting comments.

  5. Tammy says:

    Katherine had some very good points about information leaking out behind the scenes, you can’t be to careful now days on the internet with identity theft and what not. This sounds like another reason to use a social media company like SYNND to run a campaign for you so that you don’t have to be on Facebook or Twitter where there is a chance of information leaking. I’m positive that they know what they are doing, so they can keep this from happening.

  6. Phyllis says:

    I looked at all the links and widgets on this web site, but you seem to have all the connectivity and social media essentials like the Linked In button to automatically add users from various email and social media accounts. You also have the Facebook widget.. The only thing I didn’t notice was a Twitter widget that shows your latest status updates (or Tweets). This is an area you may want to consider to keep your site updates constant. Even if you don’t feel you have enough to say in order to update your Twitter often enough to make it worthwhile, you might want to reconsider that and realize that even logging onto Twitter once a week just to chat can be of benefit. Besides, you can always configure your Twitter account with Twitterfeed.com and Google Alerts to make transform your Twitter account into a news feed about your chosen topic. This ensure your Twitter account will Tweet related threads and links many times per day. It will also gain you followers.

  7. Beverly says:

    I think this is a good idea but may I ask what you are trying to accomplish by doing this? I have heard that people are doing this for marketing purposes, is that the case with you? If it is have you tried Twitter as well, from what I understand using press releases on Twitter is easier than Facebook? I hope that this bit of information will be helpful if this is what you are trying to do.

  8. Christian says:

    One of your readers, Katherine I think it was, made a very good point about protecting your data privacy by using Social monitor or Disconnect. Although I have never heard of Social Monitor before today so I am going to have to do some research to compare it to Disconnect, which I have used for years with no complaints. Thank you Katherine for bringing this new information to light.

  9. Brandon says:

    This is very interesting I like the idea of the comments from your comment section being put on your Facebook page simultaneously. Can you link other things together like that? I mean obviously you are doing it with your blog but can you do that if you have a full fledged web site or would it interfere with the links and back links that you have set up?

  10. David says:

    I read that Facebook recently released the “Fan Box Widget to Turn Website Visitors into Facebook Fans. This was a move to increase the power of Facebook Pages by allowing brands and businesses to share status updates from their Facebook Page and get new Facebook fans on any website. This Fan Box widget was built on Facebook Connect and enables page owners to put a piece of their Facebook Page anywhere on the web. This widget is designed to help convert website visitors into Facebook fans. It’s a smart move by Facebook to make it easier for brands and businesses to encourage more of their customers to become fans of their Facebook Pages. Users can view the most recent posts from the Page, see a list of other fans (including their friends), and, most importantly, become a fan without leaving the site. I’m not sure if Steve’s widget on the right is the same, but if it’s not, maybe you’ll want to update it.

  11. Gary says:

    It is an excellent idea to protect your data privacy by using Social monitor or Disconnect. Thank you Katherine for bringing that up, is this a program that you can use all the time to protect your identity no matter where you are on the internet? I haven’t seen any new information on how this worked out for you, do you have any updates to date?

  12. Ken says:

    If you have had problems with installing other plugins that automatically update your blog, thry the Facebook Walleria. It’s a WordPress Plugin that embeds a number of Facebook Objects into your website. It uses the Facebook Graph to pull information about Albums, Photos, Feed, Comments, Events and presents the information on your website in a sleek style. Instead of doing a double job of updating your site and Facebook profile, Facebook Walleria enables you to update your albums, events and feed on Facebook with the changes appearing in real-time on your website.

  13. Victor says:

    This was a great idea when you first had it. How has It worked for you? I thought you were launching this about a month back did it ever happen? I want to do something like this with my blog so I would really like to know how it went with you. Can you please post what happened?

  14. Patricia says:

    I sure wish I could find a module / plug in that could integrate everything together. By everything, I mean every time you write an article, you could have check box options to send a teaser with a link to the article page on your web site and you could then choose to send an email to your newsletter subscribers as well as to various social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter. Is that too much to ask? Does anyone know of a plug in that can do all of this?

  15. Susan says:

    I have been looking for plugins for my own web site that will help me automate many time consuming tasks. The problem for me is that I have seen way more widgets made for Word Press blogs and not very many of the types of modules or plug ins for Joomla content management web sites. That is the CMS I am using, and while there are many plug ins available, none integrate comments with Facebook.

  16. Isaac says:

    Since you are using Word Press for Your blog, I will give you a recommendation that was given to me by a developer. He said I should try using the WPFacePages’ plugin. With it you can do everything associated with a blog, plus you can do anything in Facebook that you can do in WordPress. It also has Twitter Integration and Google +1 Integrations, Google Maps, a Facebook Slider (for showing slides of pictures, videos, content) in Facebook, and more.

  17. Ronald says:

    I got a chance to look into the WPFacePages plug in and it looks like a fantastic plug in to implement into a Word Press blog. It does so many of the monotonous tasks that need to be done when you update your blog. Instead of having to also manually update your Facebook page and your Twitter status message, this plug in does it for you. What a huge time saver. This is a game changer.

  18. I think facebook plug in is very useful for SEO point of view.Facebook is best social network for online marketing.

  19. Charline says:

    Facebook has fan pages and group pages now. Fan pages is a more recent development. You might want to try creating a fan page or a group page for yourself. I think that people are more likely to become a fan of someone or something or join a group than accept a friend request.
    Charline’s last blog post … not found

  20. Eric says:

    The fact that you are focusing on Facebook promotions tells me that I am on the right track with what I was thinking. I have seen some killer customizable facebook code. It is a very customizable interface. I have seen some pages that look like a custom website. I imagine it’s a good way to pick up traffic for your site, no?

  21. Bryan says:

    I have thought this was a good idea from the beginning, there have been a lot of people that were trying to tell me that the best thing to do is get a twitter account but I have felt that not many people really use twitter for a long time and decided that the best way to go social media wise was Facebook because it is still growing everyday.

  22. Richard says:

    Even though I have heard prognostications that Facebook will become less relevant in the future, that could just be one of those predictions that are declared just to garner attention for the analyst. For now, I think it’s a good idea to develop more connectivity between your website and your Facebook page. It can only help to integrate the two sites to become more relevant and generate more unique visitors to both sites.

  23. George says:

    I know that Facebook is considered one of the top social media blogs, and I can’t tell you how many websites have a module so you can sign in with your Facebook account. So it is definitely a popular form of connectivity. I think it is safe to say that anyone who is on social media has a FB page so this move makes a lot of sense.

  24. George says:

    This is a great idea for anyone, if you can put your business out on the social media of all time then you are going to see more and more traffic leading to more and more sales and profits. This was a great article done by a great mind because so many others haven’t thought of this yet. Keep up the good work I really enjoyed the read.

  25. Robbie says:

    I would say that it is a sound strategy to use the Facebook login connectivity on your website. It is no doubt popular and becoming even more popular. That is because Facebook Home may well be a hit. The reception for this Android software has been decidedly mixed, but there is at least one statistic the social network can tout: As of this weekend, Home has been downloaded more than 500,000 times.

  26. Darren says:

    Using the FB login module will simply make it easier for many visitors to log in. And because most persons surfing the internet have an FB profile, it makes sense. However, the way you would benefit from FB traffic is via link building – by creating back links on the blog that are anchored by the key words you want to optimize the site for and which lead to your FB profile. Still and all, your FB profile has to have traffic for this to be effective.

  27. Wayne says:

    This is a great idea I wish I’d have thought of that sooner, I’m going to use this idea now because my business could use a boost and this is the best idea that I’ve heard in a long time. Keep up the good work because I’m going to return to your site for more good ideas like this as soon as I can. I will post again and let you know how this goes.

  28. Roderick says:

    Over the past few months I have been tracking the progression of Facebook Connect sites including what sites are implementing them as well as what creative widgets are being developed. Occasionally I even speak about the business proposition presented by Facebook Connect and how it compares to services such as Twitter. While it’s frequently easy to come up with a better way to implement Facebook Connect, using existing systems can reduce the headache and time to launch for any Facebook Connect implementation.

  29. Louise says:

    Two thousand and nine was undoubtedly the year of the Social Network. In a world of loose economic foundations and falling advertising revenue, the social aspect of the Internet became even more important in the lives of many people. The largest name in social networking has some mind-blowing statistics behind it: Facebook just hit the 350 million user mark. So I would say it is a great idea to offer your users, who are likely to have FB profiles, the convenience of such connectivity.

  30. Matthew says:

    I think this is a great idea and I hope that people will take it to heart. The more we can do like this the better off things will run. Doing advertising and marketing through social media is a good thing these days and you really need to have a mobile app as well. The more mobile you can get the better off your business will be.

  31. Martha says:

    I do not know what the long term future of FB is, but adding FB login connectivity does seem like a very sound idea at this point. I think it is an even better idea to, not only add FB login module, but to add a tool bar that enables your visitors to share articles / pages from your site with all the major social media platforms. It is a simple script you cut and paste to the source code of any page.

  32. Kenneth says:

    I thought this was such a great idea that I pitched it to my partners and we decided to go ahead and do it ourselves but on a much smaller scale I am sure, and it has worked wonders to the way we communicate with our customers thereby increasing our customer base because the word has spread that we do talk to our customers where a lot of people don’t.

  33. Anthony says:

    I can’t believe it took this long for someone to finally do this, I wanted to link my email or something to my facebook so that I didn’t miss any messages and I could get my information out there to the world in a matter of seconds. This is what I thought of but didn’t know how to do it. Thank you for posting this because now I know that someone out there does.

  34. Aaron says:

    Today’s average user has 130 friendsand there are 30 billion pieces of content, from photos to news articles to status updates that are shared on the site each month. I have about 40 friends on my FB page. It makes perfect sense to me to use a login module that makes it easy for you to use your FB account. I like that sort of push button easiness.

  35. Darlene says:

    I do not know if Facebook will remain as the dominant social media network, but it sure does make sense to take advantage of its popularity and make it that much more convenient for visitors to log in. So by all means, configure FB connectivity and be sure to post an announcement unless it is just so obvious that we will know when it is established on this site.

  36. Jason says:

    Why not use a FB login module? There’s been unprecedented innovation in the mobile industry, with a surge of new devices and applications. As engagement with this technology grows, developers get empowered with the opportunity to create experiences that transcend platforms and enable users to engage with applications wherever they are. An example of this is Facebook Connect for iPhone, which makes it possible for iPhone developers to integrate the power of Facebook with their apps.

  37. Mike says:

    I think this is a great idea simply because there are far more people that use Facebook then there are people that get online to read blogs. Your information is going to reach more people more quickly with Facebook than it would with any other form of social media, especially Twitter, I think that has gone by the way side.

  38. Willa says:

    This makes perfect sense to me, if you connect them you obviously reach more people with it. This was a great blog post and people can learn a lot about it through your post and others that I have seen as well. Keep up the good work you have done a great job and it is appreciated by many I am sure. Thank you for the work you have done.

  39. Erin says:

    I think you have to go with a social media type module. About 1.5 billion, have already created their business profiles on Facebook’s platform which receives up to 5 billion different updates a week users. Where Twitter is concerned, over one billion users have already registered on that social platform and another 3 million are activating new subscription daily. I also saw that as many as 55 million tweets are created by these users and half are being generated by business users.

  40. Sharon says:

    To understand where teens like to spend their virtual time nowadays, just watch them on their smartphones. Their world revolves around Instagram, the application adults mistook for an elevated photography service, and other apps decidedly less old-fashioned than Facebook. Facebook has become a social network that’s often too complicated, too risky, and, above all, too overrun by parents to give teens the type of digital freedom or release they crave. But it does make for an easy login module.

  41. Andre says:

    Like I heard from a webmaster I know, he told me that he likes to use sharing tool bars in order to make it easy for users to share content over the popular social media networks. So of you implement that kind of toolbar, you may as well use an FB login module. I am curious though, as to whether this is an opt-in FB module so you can amass an email subscriber list.

  42. Essie says:

    I am not sure what you intend to use the FB login for, but this is both easy to implement and customize. So is a social media toolbar. It’s the perfect way to garner more attention and page views from your users. If you already run a powerful social media marketing campaign then chances are good you have a personal Facebook and Twitter account. Likewise your visitors will be eager to check these out and share your content.

  43. David says:

    Since we are talking about the Facebook Connect module, it should be noted that this mania has swept the Internet! Why create an account on a random website when you can click a single button to join? That is the power of Facebook Connect, which allows websites, software, and even mobile devices to integrate with Facebook and send information both ways. At least as of now, it makes sense to implement it.

  44. Cathy says:

    Regardless of the specific industry that you work in, chances are good that it is hyper-competitive and over-saturated, right?. Moving to the top of your field and distinguishing yourself from the competition is no doubt crucial but can be extremely difficult. I think it’s important to stand out by connecting directly with your clients / audience. The recent technology boom is one reason that most industries are so brutally competitive but it is also one of your greatest assets. So go for it.

  45. Robert says:

    My friend has five personal electronic devices: a laptop, smartphone, e-reader and not one but two iPods – one for his car, one for workouts at the gym. Implementing Facebook connectivity could be positive because life becomes easier, But if you are paranoid, this could be negative because it makes you do less work. That would be contributing to the study that younger people who rely on computer automated tasks retain less information.

  46. Jeffrey says:

    As brands and website owners begin to integrate social networking logins to boost the number of signups and increase interaction, I read that Facebook continues to be the most popular social login, but it has stiff competition. I think you should consider this. There’s a report of social login and social sharing trend reports, and it indicated that in the second quarter of 2012, Facebook accounted for 39% of all social profile sign-ups, compared to 30% for Google. Yahoo and Twitter closely followed with 12% and 8% respectively.

  47. Lela says:

    Now that it is a well known and accepted fact that mobile devices are the most popular platform, you know that many, if not all of those mobile users have the new Facebook application which was recently released for mobile devices. It is hard enough to be typing with your fingertips on a small mobile device screen. With Facebook connectivity, you only enter your access codes once and from there, the mobile app logs you in automatically when activated.

  48. Juan says:

    I am not sure exactly which types of Facebook connectivity module(s) Steve is considering, but I think that you shouldn’t put much time into FB Connect. I say this because as part of its unveiling of its “Open Graph” product suite at the F8 developer conference, Facebook is getting rid of the standalone “Facebook Connect” product that it unveiled at the last F8 two years ago. They are actually eliminating the Facebook Connect brand, according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg

  49. David says:

    Using social media for business purposes is a great idea and more and more people are going to be doing it because it spreads much faster than if you simply hand out business cards or something. Thank you for the work you have put into this and I hope that you will post more in the future because this is really fascinating how social media is just taking off.

  50. Terry says:

    We used a facebook account to get our information about a sale we were having out to the public and that was the only was we advertised so we could test it and see how well it worked. We had a lot of people show up that day, way more than normal anyway so I would say this is a good idea and if you have Twitter and you’re actually being followed use it to.

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