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Pros and Cons of the Facebook Comments Plugin

By: Gini Dietrich | March 10, 2011 | 
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It’s Facebook question of the week time (clap, clap, clap)!

Ken Colburn asks, “What are the pros and cons of the new Facebook Comments plugin that just launched?”

For those of you who don’t know, last week (last week? two weeks ago?) Facebook launched a service that allows you to post your blog comments to your stream. From the development blog:

Comments Box is a social plugin that enables user commenting on your site so they are easily shared with friends or with people who like your Page. If a user leaves the “Post to Facebook” box checked when she posts a comment, a story appears on her friends’ News Feed and links back to your site.

Friends and people who like the Page can then respond to the discussion by liking or replying directly in the News Feed or on your site. Threads stay synced across regardless of where the comment was made.

My answer to Ken on this topic is in the video below (if you can’t see it in your RSS feed, click here and it’ll magically appear).

What do you think? Do you post your comments to Facebook (or Twitter)? If you have a blog, are you going to install this plugin? Do you find this annoying or helpful?

Geoff Livingston did an interesting, and very thoughtful, blog post about this very topic last week. Head over there and see what he has to say. But after you answer the above questions and my question (totally unrelated; below)!

P.S. In return for answering Ken’s question (and yours in an upcoming week if you leave one!), I ask you a question on the Arment Dietrich wall. So head over there and tell me what you think! You can even like the page, answer, and unlike the page if you don’t want to friend us. It won’t hurt my feelings. Well, not much.

About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro.

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ariherzog
5 years 2 months ago
Do you know that your voice is not synchronized with your lips, Gini? Something to look into. I haven’t seen any blogs implement Facebook Comments — in this official version. In the past, I enabled the Simple Facebook Connect plugin on my wordpress blog to let people add a comment, but that was confusing because there were two commenting systems at once. The neat thing about SFC is any comment left on my blog was echoed on their own wall aka Facebook sharing. I suggest, for a spin on things, pun intended, to take a look at my friend John… Read more »
samtaracollier
samtaracollier
5 years 2 months ago
Morning Gini! You look fantastic as usual – my videos never look as good as yours. We should do a video on how to look good on camera similar to how to cut your bangs. Back to the point. Thank you for posting about this. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the updated commenting plugin. I was pretty into it at first but then read an article that kind of killed it for me. I’ll find the publication’s name (can’t think of it now) but I read that since they implemented the new FB commenting system all of their… Read more »
NancyMyrland
NancyMyrland
5 years 2 months ago

@samtaracollier Samantha, isn’t that an odd thought in that article you read? I don’t know why people would want to comment anonymously, do you, unless they are just in to hit and run commenting to start a little controversy without having a name attached. Interesting approach to communication!

samtaracollier
samtaracollier
5 years 2 months ago

@NancyMyrland Yes I agree that it is weird. People that comment anonymously are usually saying something they don’t want to author publicly, but on the other hand, they might not want to share it with their network(s) either. But I think I recall the new plugin has the option of not posting to FB right?

samtaracollier
samtaracollier
5 years 2 months ago

This is a link to an article referencing the point: http://www.worldtech24.com/business/facebook-comments-have-silenced-trolls-it-too-quiet – Enjoy!

wabbitoid
5 years 2 months ago
I don’t see this as particularly useful. I think it’s important that every online presence understand where their center of community is and subordinate all the other tools as points of contact with that. Many of my clients are bars/restaurants, which is to say that the center of community is the bar itself – so all online activity feeds to the “live” experience as either points of contact or as content. Spreading your community over several platforms encourages the development of distinct communities which you then have to manage. At best that takes time, at worst they develop distinct personalities.… Read more »
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Justicewordlaw
5 years 2 months ago

I really understand you with getting annoyed by seeing a lot of various comments on someones wall. I know that I would get annoyed by it very quickly. Yes, it does give your blog some exposure to more readers but if you are a person that comments on a vase amount of blogs then it would be quite bad for the people that are your friends on Facebook. I mean you could break it up and not always comment via the plugin but that is only if the blog offers a different way of commenting.

Ana | Traffic Generation
Ana | Traffic Generation
5 years 2 months ago

I do have FB comments on my blog, but don’t really like it.

I don’t like the fact that you can’t efficiently answer the comments since they are not nested.

From a user point of view, FB comments suck because they are not indexed my search engines, thus preventing any backlink possibility.

Plus, if the blog owner ever decides to get rid of the plugin, all the traces of you ever participating in a conversation on that blog are as good as gone… oh, wait, they are gone! 🙂

Ana

jonbuscall
5 years 2 months ago

It’s a shame that the twitter and facebook call out on Livefyre is so invisible ! I mean, they could at least have coloured the letters in their respective blue.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 2 months ago

@jonbuscall Shhhh! We don’t want people to use it!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 2 months ago

@Ana | Traffic Generation That’s my feeling on it too. Plus the whole comment taken out of context in my news stream is totally annoying to me. Fun seeing you here Ana!

harryfassett
harryfassett
5 years 2 months ago

Hey Gini I was just looking into the comments plugin from facebook when I ran across Ana’s mention of you on my facebook page. Oh, and you have a great video presence! i.e. very nice! Keep up the great work Gini.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 2 months ago

@Justicewordlaw I’m with you. I don’t want to see what people are commenting. And I KNOW no one wants to see how many blogs I comment on. But I just had an idea to flood your wall with comments. Just for the sheer pleasure. 🙂

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 2 months ago

@wabbitoid So you didn’t add this comment to your Facebook wall?

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 2 months ago

@samtaracollier @NancyMyrland I’ll read the article (thanks for the link), but I can see the point. I use Facebook totally differently. You both know I use it as my stand-up comedy stage. I rarely talk business or anything serious there. If my friends saw me commenting on business blogs all day, my whole purpose for the tool would go out the window.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 2 months ago

@ariherzog Something happens when I upload to YouTube from either QuickTime or Photo Booth that does that. Any idea why?!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 2 months ago

@harryfassett Aren’t you nice?! You just made my day!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 2 months ago

@samtaracollier OMG! I’m going to have nightmares from that photo!

C_Pappas
C_Pappas
5 years 2 months ago
When I saw the announcement on this all I could think about was when LinkedIn allowed people to connect to Twitter and all of a sudden status updates were changing so fast that they lost their meaning to me. This is the same way. Given that Facebook is traditionally (and I know there is an overlap) for ‘pleasure’, why would I want my friends to see comments like this one? Maybe a handful are in the biz, but a majority dont have an interest in the Facebook Comment plug-in and they most likely dont even know it exists. Nah –… Read more »
C_Pappas
C_Pappas
5 years 2 months ago
When I saw the announcement on this all I could think about was when LinkedIn allowed people to connect to Twitter and all of a sudden status updates were changing so fast that they lost their meaning to me. This is the same way. Given that Facebook is traditionally (and I know there is an overlap) for ‘pleasure’, why would I want my friends to see comments like this one? Maybe a handful are in the biz, but a majority dont have an interest in the Facebook Comment plug-in and they most likely dont even know it exists. Nah –… Read more »
ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 2 months ago

@C_Pappas I’m with you. And if you comment here AND I see it on FB, I’d be like, “Dude! Stop it!” OK. Maybe not…but you know what I mean.

Shonali
5 years 2 months ago

Well. Between the post & comments on THIS post, I am pretty sure I’m not going to install it. Thank you, Gini et al!

jennalanger
5 years 2 months ago

@ginidietrich @samtaracollier @NancyMyrland That’s the point right there. My Facebook friends are my buddies from High School and College, and a ton of my family members. They don’t care what I have to say about the new iPad or what I think about a Twitter outage. It’s a different set of people that I interact with in comment sections, and I like it that way.

jennalanger
5 years 2 months ago

@wabbitoid Exactly. Why would you outsource your community to Facebook? Most bloggers have spent a lot of time developing a community around their content, and this just fragments your audience and makes the conversation less meaningful. Great points.

samtaracollier
samtaracollier
5 years 2 months ago

@ginidietrich @samtaracollier I know right?! Like seriously, i think they picked the worst one they could find!

demlasjr
demlasjr
5 years 2 months ago
@wabbitoid you’re right… My opinion is that all what they want is to make us staying more time on facebook. And absolutely, as a Seesmic Desktop user I don’t want to be spammed each minute with articles via facebook. If I want to read about something I’m gonna find myself. There can be some guys reading something what I don’t like, or in other language and I need to suffer getting all that stuff. If there will be a woman commenting on some cooking articles ? Do I really need to see recipes everyday on my feed ? This will… Read more »
ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 2 months ago

@Shonali And there you go!

jennimacdonald
jennimacdonald
5 years 2 months ago

Gini I agree with your Con and I feel like it outweighs the Pro if you use Facebook for professional development & networking.

I do think it would be slightly annoying to constantly see your blog comments out of context and if it were me I would be afraid that my friend might hide my updates in their newsfeed. If so it could eliminate the chance to network with them since they would not see any of my updates.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 2 months ago

@jennimacdonald Well, I’ve hidden you from my newsfeed, but you keep finding me! HAHAHA! Just teasing! It’d be super annoying, right?!

WillReichard
WillReichard
5 years 2 months ago
I added the new Facebook comments to my own little blog. Who am I to tell 600 million people they shouldn’t use their preferred method? I also have Disqus, which I like from an anti-monopoly standpoint (as I do Livefyre in principle), but it obviously doesn’t have and isn’t likely to have the user base of Facebook. And I’m all for anything that makes conversation easier. That said, it’s a classic Facebook move–to your “con,” I’d say it will be very messy and noisy for a while until Facebook improves its streams so that they’re something digestible. UX has never… Read more »
TheDataDoc
TheDataDoc
5 years 2 months ago

Gini, I found this post from TechCrunch interesting for those battling trolls: Facebook Comments Have Silenced The Trolls — But Is It Too Quiet? http://goo.gl/Abs7l

TheDataDoc
TheDataDoc
5 years 2 months ago

@ginidietrich See if this helps you with your audio sync issue Gini: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaWrv8idbOc&feature=related

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 2 months ago

@TheDataDoc OMG! Totally trying that now. THANK YOU!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 2 months ago

@TheDataDoc I read that earlier. I suppose with a site like TechCrunch, you have to worry about the trolls. But we don’t really have any here. If we did, the community would eat them alive (and it’d be super fun to watch!). My con on this issue is that we have people who comment here with a lot of passion and energy. Do we really want to see that in their FB stream, too?

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 2 months ago

@WillReichard Oh I’ll tell 600 million people they’re wrong! 🙂 You bring up a great point – I shall revisit this topic when it looks like they’ve figured out the UX.

demlasjr
demlasjr
5 years 2 months ago

Oh yes guys, don’t forget that not everybody have a facebook account, so this plugin will be absolutely limited…In Europe, Asia, there are still plenty of people using Hi5 or just MySpace. This will stop many people commenting on blogs. There are many people avoid to making an account on the big CIA Facebook. At least with Livefyre we have alternative….Yahoo OAuth will be great to be added too… Hope the guys from livefyre will be doing that in the future 🙂

WillReichard
WillReichard
5 years 2 months ago

@ginidietrich LOL–that’s definitely the quote of the day.

jkretch
5 years 2 months ago

@demlasjr livefyre We’ll be adding more soon, Yahoo is definitely a front runner 🙂

Lisa Gerber
Lisa Gerber
5 years 2 months ago

@wabbitoid you just made me think that Facebook is trying to become the walmart of social media – not in price, but by having everything! and trying to suck the life out of all the other networks. when honestly, we’d just rather go to specialty shops for our social networking. Not only do I now want to know what people are commenting on their own niche blogs they follow, but I also don’t want to know where they ARE when I’m on FB.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 2 months ago

@demlasjr That’s a GREAT point!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich
5 years 2 months ago

@Lisa Gerber Coming from the woman who LOVES Facebook!

demlasjr
demlasjr
5 years 2 months ago

@jkretch livefyre There are 2 fronts: USA, Canada and the rest of America, Western and Central Europe and Australia with hotmail (and 80 % of the total have facebook too) and the Asia, Africa and The Eastern Europe using yahoo (only 20-30 % having facebook). The Yahoo OAuth will help them being active too…I read somewhere about the stats…

jennalanger
5 years 2 months ago

@WillReichard While Facebook has 600 million users, I’d argue that you are actually making the pool smaller. With Livefyre, users can sign in using their Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Google account. While on Facebook you can share with your Facebook friends, here you can share with Twitter or Facebook, and actually contact your friends directly from the content. Basically more options means more reach, which Facebook is lacking.

demlasjr
demlasjr
5 years 2 months ago

And I neither planning to make my users read my posts on Facebook instead visiting my website and increasing my page rank (devilish) 😀

Lisa Gerber
Lisa Gerber
5 years 2 months ago

I LOVE facebook. in its pure form. @ginidietrich

tricomb2b
tricomb2b
5 years 2 months ago

From a B2B perspective, it would not be very useful to our company (TriComB2B) as Facebook isn’t used as a touch point by other businesses or our clients for that matter. The only way that it would be somewhat manageable would be a method to filter the messages from the blogs on the newsfeed but that’s just another hassle to deal with also. Overall, doesn’t seem to be useful at the moment unless you’re trying to stalk someone on Facebook, ha! In that case, it might come in handy.

WillReichard
WillReichard
5 years 2 months ago

@jennalanger I tend to agree, Jenna….definitely why it’s a second commenting system on my own blog (Disqus being the first). Still, there are a lot of people who are only on Facebook and who won’t take the time to create another account…to my eye, the pressure toward Facebook Comments is going to be very strong. I’d imagine they’ll tweak it as they go, too, and eventually allow you to tag friends while you comment. None of this is to say I think that’s how it should be…just that it seems likely.

JkretchTester01
JkretchTester01
5 years 2 months ago

@demlasjr @livefyre

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