Facebook Launches Full WordPress Plugin

Earlier today Facebook announced that they have launched a full WordPress plugin. The Facebook developer blog has a full overview of the plugin which is available now from within the WordPress admin plugins page.

The plugin allows you to post directly from WordPress to your Facebook profile. The plugin also allows for Facebook comments, Facebook like button, Facebook share button along with an activity option.

To use this plugin, you need to setup your blog as an application inside of WordPress and then linkĀ  up your Facebook account with the plugin if you want the full functionality of the plugin.

One important note – when I added the Facebook plugin to one of my blogs – the like button completely removed ShareThis and the Facebook commenting option completely removed the regular WordPress commenting option.


Saying Good-bye to Brizzly

It’s been quite a while since I’ve tried to use Brizzly, but I did enjoy the features they offered. For a long time, it was one of the few Web-based interfaces I could use to manage my social media accounts. The other day, when I was temporarily using a computer that didn’t have Chrome installed (so I couldn’t use ChromeDeck), I tried visiting Brizzly only to find that they were shuttering the service.

Today, the official notice went out to Brizzly users. Following is the message that was sent out:

Brizzly Gets Some Updates

It’s been a while since I’ve logged into Brizzly, having been using Pip.io recently to manage my personal Twitter account. Today, though, I needed to monitor both of my Twitter accounts for part of the day, so I decided to pop in to Brizzly to do so.

I was a bit surprised when I logged in. The interface has an entirely new look. Everything is still basically in the same place as it was before, but the color scheme is drastically different than it was the last time I visited Brizzly. In fact, there are now four themes available within Brizzly, allowing you to sort of personalize your experience.

It seems that this change, among others, was made a little over a week ago.

Pubwich – Aggregate Your Social Data

Pubwich LogoThe other day, AJ Batac posted on Friendfeed about Pubwich, an “open-source online data aggregation PHP application.” I was intrigued, so I decided to check it out. The application is still very young, with a lot of work to be done, but it’s a great idea.

Initially, I was hoping that Pubwich would actually aggregate data from multiple sources into a single interface (the way Friendfeed does), but I soon learned that it actually just allows you to place information from multiple sources on a single page. Still, though, I think it’s a great idea and shows a lot of promise. In my case, at work, we have five Facebook fan pages, a Twitter account, a Flickr account, a YouTube account and at least two major RSS feeds. Rather than simply providing our users with links to each of those accounts, Pubwich provides me with an easy way to show our newest information to our visitors in one place.

Wibiya Goes Public

Wibiya is a startup that offers a really cool and useful toolbar for your Web sites. For quite a while, Wibiya has been in private beta, allowing users to sign up and receive invitation codes to try it out. Today, however, Wibiya went public, allowing anyone to sign up for the service.

The toolbar offers quite a few cool features, including the ability to translate your site into various languages, a search engine, a Twitter app (to allow users to see what you’ve said on Twitter and to see what people have said about you on Twitter – including any posts that include links back to your site), a Facebook application that allows users to see what’s being said on your fan page, and much more.

Wibiya also offers an easy-to-use plugin for various platforms, including a WordPress plugin, so you don’t have to do any dirty work to get the toolbar installed and working. I definitely recommend you check it out and try it out on some of your sites.

Friendfeed Fail

Amid much conversation about whether or not Friendfeed has a future and how it’s supposedly being abandoned in droves, I’ve experienced the first major failure of the service since I started using it (thanks to @holdenpage) a few months ago. The service has been down for at least 30 minutes at the time of writing this post. Despite Paul Buchheit (one of the creators of Friendfeed) posting about server upgrades and potential updates over the last few weeks, attempting to load Friendfeed results in a standard timeout error.

I can’t help but wonder if this outage has anything to do with the fact that some Friendfeed features were unveiled on Facebook earlier this week (the new “Live Feed”). I’m hoping it’s just a random outage, but am not holding my breath. I have come to love and appreciate the community over at Friendfeed, and would hate to see the service die such an unceremonious death.

Here’s to Friendfeed, and hoping it comes back soon. Until then, I guess I’ll have to find something in real life to keep me occupied.