Facebook Integration

A BJS reader and commentator sent me a suggestion last night — to add a facebook “like” button on each comment so people can agree with something that others say.

I’ve added the button to posts and would appreciate feedback on how it is working; I intend to further research it and add it to individual comments if it proves to be effective on posts.

I see one post has 22 “likes” on it already; I don’t know enough to know how to find who clicked “like” but will be investigating further.

About Norm Fisher

Norm was raised in the UCC in Connecticut, and like many fell away from the church after high school. With this background he saw it primarily as a service organization. On the miracle of his first child he came back to the church. On moving to Texas a few years later he found a home in Lutheranism when he was invited to a confessional church a half-hour away by our new neighbors.

He is one of those people who found a like mind in computers while in Middle School and has been programming ever since. He's responsible for many websites, including the Book of Concord, LCMSsermons.com, and several other sites.

He has served the church in various positions, including financial secretary, sunday school teacher, elder, PTF board member, and choir member.

More of his work can be found at KNFA.net.


Facebook Integration — 13 Comments

  1. Lacking a “facebook” page, I’ll just have to express my agreement the old fashion way – with real words.

  2. Thanks, Dennis, for the comment! That’s obviously one class of user. It would be interesting to know how many are like that, but not by adding comments to this post. We all know that google is taking over the online world, and facebook appears to be doing so as well.

    I’m just experimenting with this to see if it might be useful. You can already post an article to your facebook steam using the “share” button above.

  3. Thanks Norm. I see it is already being used on this post and as you mentioned on at least one other post. What is also nice is that it posts to the individual’s Facebook account and thus further promotes BSJ to a still broader community…

  4. I have to say, I’m not a Facebook user, so I don’t quite understand how it integrates with it. But my understanding is that now posts are rated in a “like/dislike” manner, creating a popularity contest of sorts. Therefore, I vote “dislike” on this new feature. Correct theology and accurate reporting of current events in the Confessional Lutheran world are primary; it doesn’t matter if it’s popular or not. In fact, posting things because we think they’ll be popular is probably a bad reason to post it.

    I am happy that the device hasn’t been used to rate individual’s comments.

  5. Matthew: It’s not “like/dislike”, it’s “like” Rather than write a comment saying “I like this comment because ….” you now have the option of clicking the “like” button, which causes a feed to be added to your facebook stream where your friends can then see that you like the information on this webpage. They may then come to the website to look at the information, meaning the content has an even higher chance of spreading virally to others who are perhaps not current readers of BJS.

    Even though it isn’t a rating system per se, I think we’ll run with it just on posts for a while and see if it any effect on the website before considering adding it to comments.

  6. Unlike Facebook, you could really give people a choice and offer a dislike button as well as a like button.

  7. Do the comments go along to the facebook page then, or do readers have to link back here to see them?

  8. @Helen #9

    Facebook posts, on the user’s wall, the thumbs up symbol and a link to the title of the “liked” post, such as:

    Bob likes Steadfast Lutherans » Facebook Integration on steadfastlutherans.org.

    The Steadfast Lutherans references are the links

  9. @Helen #9

    Helen, just to clarify, as OYoung said, a line is added to the facebook wall which is visible to the person who clicked “like”‘s friends. Those friends are free to “like” the wall posting (making it visible to THEIR friends) as well as click the links to come here and read the actual article. They are also free to add comments to the wall posting, which are visible only to those people who can see the original wall posting. BUT .. those commenting on facebook won’t see the comments here unless they click through to here, so .. typically those comments will be something like “This is a great post; go read it” or some such.

    FWIW: 12 people have “like”d this post already, so it seems to be working in helping spread the reach of BJS!

  10. Thanks, Norm,
    Nice to know how it works, even if I am not eager to add anything else to my “favorites”!

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