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Facebook Connected

Posted By Leo On January 13, 2009 @ 7:29 am In Blog,News | 64 Comments

connected-3.png I’ve turned on Facebook Connect [1] (yes it only took a week after Amber told me about it) with the Disqus [2] commenting system we use here. Now you can post a comment on the blog using your Facebook account for credentials. Despite all the attention Twitter [3] gets in our neck of the digital woods, it seems to me that Facebook is building overwhelming momentum in the social media space. With 150 million plus users [4] the network effect is really starting to kick in.

The success of Facebook also puts the lie to the widely accepted truism that Twitter competitor, FriendFeed [5], isn’t growing because it’s hard to use [6]. I’d argue that Facebook is just as overwhelming to the new user but it rewards his or her initial struggle immediately and palpably due to the size of its network. Twitter succeeds for the same reason. It’s not simplicity, it’s simply the number of people who use the service.


Give our new Facebook Connect-powered commenting system a try and let me know what you think.

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64 Responses to “Facebook Connected”

  1. Victoria Sbicca Lawson on January 13th, 2009 9:52 am

    Well, that was simple! Nice touch, Leo 😀

  2. Sean Simkins on January 13th, 2009 9:55 am

    It works great Leo! I am also seeing a surge in Facebook in terms of “regular” people around me.

    More and more I am finding Aunts and Uncles, cousins and non-tech friends joining in at Facebook. It is actually really cool to see.

    It also makes Facebook much more entertaining for myself to see family joining in on the social networking fun that I have enjoyed for man many years!

  3. Dave Withnall on January 13th, 2009 10:09 am

    Works great. I wonder what other uses Facebook Connect could have for websites!

  4. iwinston on January 13th, 2009 10:10 am

    very easy – once I found it!

  5. MacDork on January 13th, 2009 10:41 am

    I love it.

    Now disqus need to get the same thing going for internet forums so that we can have all of our comments easily aggregated! 😀

  6. Paul Jacobson on January 13th, 2009 8:49 am

    Hey Leo

    The options that are built into Disqus are really useful, including the Facebook Connect option. I tend to use my Disqus account and have been posting video comments lately as a change from text. Video commenting via Seesmic is a great way to spice things up a bit.

    By the way, Disqus doesn’t seem to be running on this blog at the moment. Back to the usual commenting option.

  7. pauljacobson on January 13th, 2009 10:56 am

    Versatile Disqus and its Facebook Connect integration

  8. Chris Heath on January 13th, 2009 11:15 am

    Since I already have a disqus account i'm going to continue to use it and not use facebook connect. I do have it enabled on my own blog though and think that it's a great option for people to use when posting comments.

    I do have a feeling that lots of people will still want to remain anonymous.

    But… on pages that require you to login to comment the disqus/facbook connect options are great.

  9. Travis Schroeder on January 13th, 2009 11:28 am

    This is a great service Leo. I don't have to work about making an account on here just to post in the blog. 😉


  10. MacDork on January 13th, 2009 12:43 pm

    I think the best part about it is being able to see all of your comments on every disqus-enabled site in one spot.

    (I am, admittedly, mostly replying to this to test that functionality out) XD

  11. Matt Bennett on January 13th, 2009 2:10 pm

    Hey Leo, just want to test out Connect. Works great!

  12. Theo Jones on January 13th, 2009 2:31 pm

    Nice to have the FB option. On a separate note, Leo can you please turn on FULL posts RSS in wordpress settings. I'm sure lots of people would appreciate reading the whole posts in an RSS reader.

  13. Bryce Campbell on January 13th, 2009 5:30 pm

    Facebook Connect is just another one of those tools which build community on the web. If anything Facebook Connect is/will be better at building a 'wider' community then Friendfeed. Friendfeed i think, is more of a 'intellectual' community.

  14. Ian D. Nock on January 13th, 2009 5:41 pm

    Sat listening to Net at Night, hearing you discuss this spurred me to enable it as well. It is the power of the network…. Although I would be looking now for a bridging mechanism now for Disqus + Facebook Connect + Google Friend Connect + Intense Debate. Too many comment mechanisms on my blog now.

  15. Noah David Simon on January 13th, 2009 8:47 pm

    I wonder if there would be a way to speed up load time for those of us that are Bi. I took it in the behind with twitter, it made my hole sore with Scoble Hezbalah Nazis. I'm now giving friendfeed and Disqus a spin. I'm begining to think that monogamy is the best social network. Is monogomy facebook only? sit on my facebook!

  16. Zoyx on January 13th, 2009 9:31 pm

    Don't like it… uses your real name.

  17. Chris Golding on January 13th, 2009 9:58 pm

    Not bad at all, but I'm not a big fan of the fact that my name is just out there for everyone to see. Facebook needs to come up with aliases or something.

  18. leolaporte on January 13th, 2009 10:11 pm

    I had no idea it was turned off. Must have reset itself somewhere. Or I never noticed it. I'm off to fix it right now. I hate excerpts in RSS!

  19. Kevin Flynn on January 14th, 2009 12:18 pm

    LOVE IT!!!

  20. Steve Huff on January 14th, 2009 2:29 pm

    Wow This Facebook connect is pretty cool!

  21. Marcus Pelletier on January 14th, 2009 3:27 pm

    It's so easy to comment now I don't even have to log in if I'm already in facebook

  22. Jonathan Byrne on January 14th, 2009 6:23 pm

    Works good at this end too. Hello from the UK.

  23. Stephan Reiter on January 15th, 2009 12:56 pm

    Oh, I love this, Leo! I don't know about you guys, but I hate having to create separate accounts on places all over the internet.

  24. Matt Bennett on January 15th, 2009 3:00 pm

    Testing out Facebook Connect

  25. Kolomona Myer on January 15th, 2009 9:08 pm

    I love this Facebook Connect thing, thank you, thank you, thank you for introducing me to it.

    Now people can leave comments on my blog (http://www.kolomona.com) through their Facebook login.

    Your podcasts keep me from going insane while I'm working my tremendously monotonous job as a tire retreader.

    I'm a long time fan from the ZDTV days. Keep up the good work!!!

  26. Franklin on January 16th, 2009 10:13 am

    Not sure what the deal is but the RSS is still not full text.

  27. Igor Poltavskiy on January 16th, 2009 10:59 am

    More Facebook's friends!:)

  28. lelapin on January 16th, 2009 11:02 am

    I have an account on both, Disqus and Facebook. I will continue to comment logged un Disqus as I have set up Friendfeed with all my social accounts something I only have partially done on Facebook.
    Regarding your post am I glad Friendfeed appears to be too complicated (???) vs FB or Twitter. This results in a lot less noise there and generally more 'mature' inputs from the community.

  29. Jason Benway on January 16th, 2009 11:33 am

    So is it the integration for log-ons with disqus or the blog itself integrates with facebook?
    Does using the facebook integration allow me to track my comments through facebook?

  30. Jake Overton on January 16th, 2009 12:42 pm

    This IS a cool use of the technology!

  31. Barry Goldberg on January 16th, 2009 1:45 pm

    Leo – you have motivated me to install Facebook Connect on my site.

  32. Joe Knapp on January 16th, 2009 6:14 pm

    Giving Facebook Connect a whirl… pretty slick.

  33. Brent Cappello on January 16th, 2009 11:01 pm

    Works great just wish DISQUS gave more CSS control.

  34. Scott Prock on January 17th, 2009 8:03 am

    I love this! … now I don't have to sign up for multiple blogs in order to comment, and now this whole thing is integrated with FaceBook? … BRILLIANT!

  35. BlogSprockit.com » Blog Archive » Comments now powered by Disqus on January 17th, 2009 6:41 am

    […] Leo Leporte’s commnet page (using Disqus & FaceBook Connect) […]

  36. Scott Prock on January 17th, 2009 5:30 pm


    I found there is a way to completely control the CSS of the Disqus plugin, take a look at their FAQ link at the bottom of any Disqus page and you will find information about customizing the CCS attributes.

    Basically you'll be placing a string of code into your header that directs Disqus to your CSS file and they give you most of the CSS elements. I say most because I had to use Firebug to find the CSS element for the sidebar widget.

    Hope that helps … Scott

  37. Tom Mack on January 19th, 2009 4:30 am

    Really easy to use! Hope more sites use FB Connect.

  38. Matt Redington on January 20th, 2009 9:38 pm

    sweet beans

  39. OwlBoy on January 21st, 2009 12:42 pm

    I could not get it to work, I logged in ok, but all comments went to an error page. and were not posted.

  40. Brian McCormack on January 21st, 2009 4:49 pm


  41. Matt Niad on January 21st, 2009 6:47 pm

    Hi Leo, just now testing out all of this wordpress / disqus / facebook connect goodness

  42. John Hoffer on January 21st, 2009 9:54 pm

    Facebook connect to comment on all things Leo? Sweet.

  43. George Cifrancis on January 22nd, 2009 3:35 am

    I guess since I have a Facebook account I will give this a try and see how it works!

  44. Darren Pearson on January 22nd, 2009 2:10 pm

    Love all the ideas I get from Net@Nite. Just added Facebook Connect to my tumblr blog here: http://www.darrenscorner.com/. Thanks Leo & Amber

  45. Jeremy Heinze on January 23rd, 2009 5:32 pm

    Super simple – but man how it helps the commenters! thx!

  46. jonbrown on January 23rd, 2009 5:44 pm

    Thanks for the upgrade, Leo!

  47. Greg Juhn on January 24th, 2009 1:57 pm

    Facebook connect is a great idea. Didn't work on mac with safari. Firefox worked.

  48. James W Mitchell on January 25th, 2009 1:55 am

    As it all starts coming together (Facebook Connect, Friendfeed, Ping.fm etc), this social media thing starts to make real sense.

  49. Daniel Heaford on January 25th, 2009 4:31 pm

    Facebook connect doesnt seem to work with Opera, I've had to use FIrefox to test this.

  50. Kanok Chantrasmi on January 26th, 2009 12:51 am

    Works great also.. Trying to add this FB Connect to my blog but still need to iron some bug out.

  51. zerock on January 28th, 2009 1:27 pm


  52. Michael W. Little on February 7th, 2009 10:35 am

    Just trying this thing out, Leo. I'm a big fan of the show and your interview with the Weatherbrains was excellent.

  53. golfman_story on April 17th, 2009 12:23 pm

    Great post, really help me alot. Thanks.


  54. Übergrössen Mode on April 22nd, 2009 12:35 am

    wow! that is very nice.

  55. Mode für Mollige on April 22nd, 2009 12:38 am

    good blog post, thanks for sharing about this

  56. Fat Binder on April 25th, 2009 1:06 am

    Great post! I've bookmarked your blog. Hope we can swap links.

    Why can't I open your rss feed? No post is showing.

    Best Regards!


  57. noys on April 27th, 2009 11:03 pm

    wow. need to give it a try.

  58. Funniest Videos on May 4th, 2009 1:03 pm

    nice post !

  59. Mesotheliomapatient on May 22nd, 2009 12:59 pm

    Yeah !
    Its a revolution in social interactive system……………………………… enjoy it .

  60. grantellis on May 26th, 2009 1:18 pm

    I tried the Facebook Connect plug-in and it works great.

  61. Craigslist Proxy on May 29th, 2009 3:33 am

    Nice post there. Raised a few things I hadn't thought about before. Thx.

  62. China Tour on June 13th, 2009 7:14 am

    Different point of view from that post. Interesting to say the least.

  63. graceglmcooke on June 26th, 2009 6:36 pm

    As a contractor, I use story points for determining durations of projects. IE, I know I can burn 38-45 points a week (my velocity). I find it's the most accurate way to put together a scope of work. Where it proves most effective, though, is in re-prioritizing and evaluating the impact of changes with the client. My clients and I find it really helpful when we're shifting stories around hrsaccount based on their point cost when new ideas come into play.

  64. Joe Falejczyk on January 17th, 2010 9:22 pm

    Hey Leo-

    Since I recalled seeing you last year at the Jonathan Coultan concert, I thought I’d tell you about the tickets I have (for the wrong night) that I need to sell.

    I have 6 tickets for the Saturday night performance. I would take face value price ($150) for these just to be able to recover part of my costs.

    The problem is I bought these Saturday tickets without knowing Liz had arranged for us to go to see Yo-Yo Ma that Saturday.

    Hello to you and the family, maybe see you soon.


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[1] Facebook Connect: http://developers.facebook.com/news.php?blog=1&story=108

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[4] 150 million plus users: http://www.facebook.com/press/info.php?statistics

[5] FriendFeed: http://friendfeed.com/leolaporte

[6] hard to use: http://louisgray.com/live/2009/01/what-friendfeed-needs-to-do-to-grow-and.html