On my personal Facebook page, I have been reluctant to accept friend requests from people I don’t know or with whom I haven’t done business. I figure I am open about my business and my life enough on my blog, so there’s no real need to do that on Facebook, too.
I did set up a business page on Facebook from my blog, and if you “like” the page, you’ll get wall posts and updates when I write an article, and you are welcome to discuss the article on Facebook.
As Facebook continues to grow, I may integrate it further on my blog, and I may enhance my FB page. I know Techcrunch recently changed their comment section to Facebook comments, meaning that people can only post via their Facebook account. I like that idea because it can help eliminate anonymous comment trolls that seem to thrive on posting BS without any credibility.
If you are an avid Facebook user, please follow along on Facebook!
How can I troll, if you go to facebook comments?
You will take out all the fun…
UNLESS, I create a fake facebook profile 🙂 more work just as much fun.
I have unanswered questions about facebook comments.
1) How much relevant friction will it create?
2) Can you export your comments if you decide to stop using?
3) Do comments reside inside the walled garden or are they getting indexed by Bing only or all search engines?
4) Can the comment system be sufficiently styled
5) How should you feel about someone else owning and controlling the comments on your blog?
6) Is this adding another point of failure to your blog?
7) What has Facebook’s track record been for usability, support and planning ahead?
I know you are not Facebook, but as a blogger these are things I think about and you probably do too.
In my work at http://www.BlogWranglers.com we run into a lot of closed systems that make it either hard or impossible to migrate a website. In some cases getting all comment information out of the system is not possible. Most folks are moving to WordPress, in case you wondered.
For example, HubSpot provides no export tool. The only way to get a commenter’s email address out of the system is to copy them one by one manually and paste them into WordPress.
I won’t jump to use Facebook comments. Let’s see how it goes. I like controlling my own content.
All good things I will need to consider before enacting it. I also know that many people like remaining somewhat anonymous, although I know who they are by their email addresses and IP addresses. Using FB comments would likely stop most from posting.
How did you get the url to show facebook.com/ElliotsBlog?
I tried creating a business page and even a fan page for a comedian buddy of mine and I got a bunch of gibberish between facebook.com/ and the /businessname
I could never get a clean url
I had set it up a while ago and had 25 likes, so they let me have this url. Did you try to see if your buddy’s page works without the gibberish? Maybe if it was facebook.com/3dhhdhdhd/buddy, you could take out the gibberish and it will still work.