In adding the Facebook Recommendation Wi…

In adding the Facebook Recommendation Widget to RCG, I decided to try something a bit different and add it to the footer (along with the social scope plugin widget).

Does it work there? As kind of a “one more thing”…

My hope is that if someone makes it through an article, but doesn’t know what to do next, something in the plugin will catch their eye and keep them clicking articles. Your thoughts?

And you probably should pop over to a RCG article, like this one: Everybody LOVES Bank Fraud to see the recommendation plugin in action.

Just Launched: Facebook Like Plugin for Every Post on Your WP Blog!

Super-sweet!

The HomeQuest Team just launched a WordPress plugin that adds Facebook’s new Like button to every one of your blog posts! SWEET!

You can download it (free!) here: http://u.pdat.es/ejprq

It’s really easy to use. I added it to both 4realz.net and Rain City Guide in under 5 minutes…

Here’s what it looks like on RCG after a few folks have hit the like button on an article:

Here’s what I did to add it to both sites:

  • Download the plugin to a memorable place on your hard drive (desktop?)
  • Navigate to the “plugins” section within your WordPress backend
  • Click on “Add New”
  • Click on “Upload”
  • Click “choose file”  and select the zip file of the plugin
  • Click “Install now”
  • Click “Activate”

That’s all!  Now Facebook’s Like button will be displayed at the bottom of every blog post.

Test it out here:

Implementing Facebook’s Recommendation Social Plugin

Yesterday, Jeff let me know how Facebook launched the “like” button yesterday and a bunch of other social plugins, and it’s been a non-stop conversation around the M Realty office this morning.

The default “like” button didn’t work so well within my P2 theme, but I was able to get the recommendation plugin working with almost no effort at all… and it rocks!

It not only shows the number of folks who are sharing each article on my site, but will make personalized recommendations to you for articles based on the articles that you’re friends are sharing! So slick!

To get it launched on 4realz.net, all I had to do was

  1. head over to the recommendation generator page,
  2. fill in some basic information,
  3. click the “get code” button
  4. copy and paste the code into a sidebar text widget

It’s so darn easy, I decided to post it in this blog post!

I added the PuSHPress plugin that’s sup…

I added the PuSHPress plugin that’s suppose to push your new blog posts to sites like Google Reader in real time… and sure enough, I checked Google Reader JUST after publishing my last post, and it was already there!

Sweet! I love it when stuff like that works, even if I never can remember exactly how to say PubSubHubbub…

4realz is now Facebook Connnected

I don’t know about you, but the idea of adding Google Friend Connect to my blogs never really enticed me…. It seemed like just another MyBlogLog.

However, I’m kind of a Facebook Junkie, and so when I had a few minutes, I decided to look into Facebook Connect.  It’s pretty darn similar to Google Connect in that users (you!) can “join” a blog and it will display “recent” visitors.   However, the one HUGE benefit is that when configured correctly (there’s a bit more to this than I expected), users can push “comments” to their news feeds… and I’m pretty sure there’ll be other ways of integrating content created on the blog into Facebook in the near future.

With that in mind I installed and configured the facebook connect plugin from sociable.es.

Here are the major features that are enabled now (and I highly recommend you test them out!):

1) Connect with the site

  • that’s as simple as clicking on the bottom at the top of the right panel)

2) Push a comment to your Facebook Feed

  • That’s as simple as leaving a comment once you’re logged in & following the prompt that asks if you really want to push your comment to your profile
  • Interestingly, if you’re connected to FB, then the tool will override the “gravatar” avatar with your profile photo from FB

3) Invite others

  • Why not go ahead and spread some luv, 4realz-style!
  • If you’re looking for permission, then I hearby give you permission to invite people to read 4realz.  😉

4) Update your profile

  • If you want your comments to link back to your blog/website, then you’ll need to update your profile on the site (look for the “edit profile” text once you are logged in on the top right panel)

That’s all for now.   I thought I’d test it out on 4realz for a few days and if everything works well, then this is definitely something I’ll push to Rain City Guide soon.