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No More Facebook Comments

Four score and many months ago, I attempted to help out in fixing a wordpress plugin that I wanted for my site.  In an effort to reach more people to share my stupidity and no real depth or knowledge, I wanted to utilize Facebook’s notes to pull my blog posts to Facebook and then pull any comments posted there back to my website.

After a few successful tries, I started to slowly realize that something was not quite right with Facebook.  The constant change of the site’s HTML made the plugin become a complete waste after a week of quality use after every fix.  I soon decided to take my last effort and release it back to the wordpress community for them to continue updating if desired.

Since releasing it back to others, I’ve always secretly wanted someone to find a solution.  Well, I’m now here to say I don’t want anyone to fix it.  Instead if people want to post to the facebook population, then just use the status messages and inform friends to exit from facebook for a great read.

Facebook, knowingly and purposefully make these consistent changes to the site’s design in order to deter any developers in coding solutions that will crawl the site for any data that Facebook does not allow one to receive via their APIs.  The reason for this has nothing to do with preventing your identity from being taken away from Facebook for security purposes.  They just want full control so that they can exploit the identity and sell the data for their profit as well as force users to stay within the Facebook walls in order to dictate what the web experience can and will be.

Therefore, until Facebook changes their current stance and opens the API to allow access to specific information externally for enhancing the social interaction outside of Facebook, my limited (and terrible developing) skills will not be used for pushing my traffic into Facebook, but to push Facebook traffic out.

Facebook, you are doing it wrong

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Will Says:
May 1st, 2010 at 4:31 am

So … You could use your same argument to justify your hate of Apple.

Full circle, full circle …

Will Says:
May 1st, 2010 at 4:32 am

Nice use of a drop cap, by the way.

matt kay Says:
October 12th, 2010 at 2:32 pm

so, it there no solution to have my facebook notes comments imported to my wordpress blog?

Ben Says:
October 12th, 2010 at 8:18 pm

There is not currently a way to import facebook notes comments into your wordpress blog from this plugin. Facebook was working too much as a closed system. However, with the new export function, it might be possible but I have not looked into it. If you’d like to see if notes are included in the export with comments, please let me know.

Neil Forker Says:
January 6th, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Anyone who may be interested in a plugin for WordPress for Facebook comments may want to check out this link: http://www.philtopia.com/?page_id=292


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