Liking your blog on Facebook

April 21, 2010

Today Facebook announced their new Social Plugins and we're excited to be a showcase launch partner. In fact, TypePad bloggers are the only bloggers to have access to these features at launch. Woot!

Facebook-logo-200 Starting Thursday afternoon, if you are in the Beta Team, you will be able to  install Facebook's new "Like" button, and connect your blog to Facebook's Open Graph**. This will give your readers the ability to share your blog with their friends on Facebook.

Facebook is a great way to introduce new audiences to your blog. Last year we added the ability for you to automatically share posts with your friends on Facebook. Now with Facebook's new Like button, any visitor to your blog can show their appreciation for your blog.

Facebook-like-screenshot

Feeling confused? Don't panic! It's actually remarkably simple. The best way to grasp the idea is to try it out.

Add the Facebook Like Button to Your Blog

Here's how you can add the new Facebook Like button to your blog:

  1. Go to Blog > Settings, select the Sharing tab and click on the link to: Connect your blog to Facebook.
  2. Follow the steps to connect to Facebook and install the Like module on your blog. If you're using a drag-and-drop design, you can visit Blog > Design > Content after to arrange the module in your sidebar.
  3. Advanced Template blogs: You will need to go through the same connection steps above. After that is complete, you can add the HTML "Like" code to your templates.
  4. When visitors click on the Like button, a link to your blog will show up on their profile AND in their friends' news feeds. This helps drive awareness of your blog through Facebook and can help drive more traffic to your blog.
  5. And when you create a new post, as long as you still have the Like button on your blog, TypePad will automatically post that new item to these visitor's news feed on Facebook.

The new feature is now available for all TypePad customers at all account levels. And we're looking forward to providing more support for Facebook's Social Plugins and Open Graph in the coming months.

Feedback update: We were seeing reports of the Like button not displaying in IE 6, 7. We have now a fix in place for this.

** Wondering what this sounding graph is? Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, announced the Open Graph this morning at the F8 conference. Described as a technology for pulling together different online networks to create a web "that is smarter, more social, more personalized and more semantically aware". Read more about Zuckerberg's announcements on CNET or by following #fF8 on Twitter.

/posted by Michael Sippey

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