Blogs are one of the ways the Internet has fostered greater communication among people than ever before. Social network sites like Facebook provide a more structured way to keep up with specific people. Wouldn’t it be great if you could mix the two?
With the new WordPress.com Facebook App you can do exactly that.
In this app you’ll find the core blog features you’d expect: publishing posts, adding bookmarks and viewing stats. Beyond that we’ve taken advantage of the social network information that Facebook provides, with a Friends feature that shows you the most recent WordPress.com blog post from each of your Facebook friends that have added the app. Posts you make within the app show up on your WordPress blog here, and vice versa.
Your friends can stay up to date with your recent posts and comments from your blog when you add it your Facebook profile. Doing that will show excerpts from the last five posts and five comments of your blog. These are updated each time a new post or comment is published to your blog.
Last, but certainly not least, posts to your blog will be added to your news and mini-feeds with direct links to your new post and blog. Those may also be shared with your friends depending on privacy settings that you grant the application. This has the potential to drive a ton of traffic to your blog posts from the people you care about most.
Add the WordPress.com Facebook App, share it with your friends, and let us know what you think. We’re new to this, so we’ll be pushing a revision based on your feedback within a week or two.