Harmonic Convergence

In my endless quest to have this blog be the harbinger of bright and shiny things, I’ve enabled/merged/slammed Facebook Connect into the comment system.

This means that you can log into the blog using your Facebook account, and then leave comments using your Facebook ID, which will use your Facebook icon and link back to your Facebook page, Facebook Facebook Facebook Facebook.

If, for some reason, you think leaving your real name on a blog read by MMO players is a BAD THING, you are of course free to use the standard pseudo-anonymous login system.

If you would like to add this to your own WordPress blog, here are some steps to follow:

  • As it uses edited themes and a plugin, you cannot use this on wordpress.com-hosted blogs.
  • You will need to create a Facebook application. Just call it “Comments for My Special Blog” or something similar. Details here. You will need to create the application so that you can get an API key but you won’t need to do anything else, the next steps handle that.
  • You then can download and install the WordPress plugin that makes comments Facebook-login aware. Plugin page
  • Follow the instructions. You *will* need to tinker with some things. As a note, I had to do the following to get it to a semi-working state:
    • Edited comments page from theme (still need to do some, the comment submit button is now back to a generic “Submit Query” HTML button)
    • Edited header file to ensure Internet Explorer compatibility
    • Edited .htaccess file and added plugin to wp-super-cache so that cookies were not munged
  • If you are already logged in to your blog (which is likely since you’ve been doing all of the above) you will need to log out for the “Connect using Facebook…” functionality to kick in. You most likely as the blog author will not use this as you already have a log in account. I recommend using a browser you rarely use (hi2u Internet Explorer) to both test for compatibility and leave a sample Facebooky comment (like I did on this post)

So yes, a lot of sound and fury signifying not much. I blame this on Trey Ratcliff, whose office I share and who took a picture of me wearing a bright purple wig this weekend.

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27 Responses to Harmonic Convergence

  1. And here you see an example of a Facebook user comment.

  2. Warning: Mark Zuckerberg now owns this post’s contents foreverandeverandever.

  3. Longasc says:

    Do I really have to use social networks like Facebook for commenting a blog? Networking sucks.

  4. I trust that by hitting “submit” you found the answer to your question!

  5. marlowe says:

    It reads like the instructions for a lame MMO quest.

    Srry.

  6. Vetarnias says:

    I’m sort of making it a point of principle to never create a Facebook account.

    Besides, as you stated yourself, what good is that going to be if people write under pseudonyms anyway?

  7. marlowe says:

    P.S. Does this enhance your blog or just twitawebfaceaspaceify it so that someone else can monitizey-monkeyfy it? Yay for twitaweb! Mee too mee too! Zuckerdouche ninja for the win.

  8. Raad says:

    I don’t want to connect with my facebook account =( Sent you a friend request anyway, random person on the internet.

  9. Raad says:

    Who writes a very interesting blog.

  10. Freakazoid says:

    Facebook is for kids anyway.

  11. Don’t blame me Jennings. Okay you can blame me.

    Congratulations. You have completed the Social Networking Hive Mind quest. Your reward is privacy -8%.

    I am going to beat you in our upcoming Civ4 game because I will be colluding with Facebook to extrapolate your troop movements.

  12. Vetarnias says:

    Trey Ratcliff :
    Don’t blame me Jennings. Okay you can blame me.
    Congratulations. You have completed the Social Networking Hive Mind quest. Your reward is privacy -8%.
    I am going to beat you in our upcoming Civ4 game because I will be colluding with Facebook to extrapolate your troop movements.

    I thought the Civ franchise already did that long before Facebook?

  13. Flimgoblin says:

    My real name’s not nearly as cool though 😦

  14. Hunter says:

    Heh. Just saying hi. I helped PK you once a very long time ago. Used to post on the old site. Just feeling nostalgic about getting ganked by ToM at Kaz’s..

    Read your article on UO. I totally agree. Its dead and gone.. but it was great 🙂

  15. D-0ne says:

    I fear change.

  16. EpicSquirt says:

    @Flimgoblin
    What is it? Freddy Infraction?

  17. Bonedead says:

    You got your peanut butter in mah chocolate!

  18. Stupid says:

    The quest directions are unclear. How exactly does one “log in to a blog” from Facebook? Perhaps my psudeonym is blocked (again)…

  19. Kayn says:

    I’ll stick with the Gravatars

  20. hellfire says:

    You are such a nerd.

  21. Tim Daniels says:

    Sounds awesome. But now I have to watch what I say. 😦

  22. Klaitu says:

    I’m about 2 months away from a computer science degree and I still can’t figure out how to use facebook.

  23. Tim Daniels says:

    @Klaitu

    That’s where Friends come in.

    Believe me, when you join Facebook, you’ll need em.

  24. Queso says:

    Hey Scott, can I add you as friend, even though I dont really know you?!

  25. I, for one, welcome our social networking overlords.

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