Within the last few months, the New York Post changed its comments platform, opting to add Facebook comments functionality. I’ve seen a number of sites like TechCrunch do this as well. Readers are able to post comments on blogs and sites which are connected to their Facebook accounts.
In my opinion, adding Facebook comments plugin/widget is a good move because it makes people more accountable for what they write. I think it tends to lead to a more honest conversation and discussion amongst users, as there are less inflammatory comments left by anonymous cowards.
However, there are always big privacy issues to consider if you are a Facebook user who wants to post a comment on a site that uses the Facebook Comments platform.
I was reading a politically-focused article the other day, and I read a somewhat controversial comment (in my opinion). I was very surprised to see in small text to the right of the name that the person is a professor at a United States military college. It would seem to have been something that could get the person in some hot water for posting, and I would not have posted it, especially if I knew that my job would be listed directly next to my name on the Facebook Comments section.
I obviously don’t know if the person realized how comments are displayed and I also don’t know if the person even cared, but at the best it seemed like a bad judgment call, and at the worst, it could potentially lead to the loss of a job if someone else saw it and reported it. If you feel the need to comment on a website that uses the Facebook Comments plugin / platform, you should know how your comment will be displayed and make sure you don’t put your job or career at risk.