Testing, testing.

Testing a cunning scheme to feed an abbreviated version of my blog’s RSS feed to Facebook.

Well, I think I’ve come up with a slightly better way of getting my blog posts on Facebook. Basically I want to feed full posts to people’s feed-readers but excerpts to Facebook (because I don’t want people commenting on Facebook instead of here).

So I’ve set up the Feed Wrangler plugin to add an excerpt-only feed which I can just feed to Facebook. It’s a bit of a stupid hack but then Facebook is stupid that way. Now I’ll just have to see if it works.

EDIT: testing again. sigh.

4 replies on “Testing, testing.”

Well, at the moment Facebook doesn’t seem to be picking up the newer post I posted to check the tweaks I made to…

Anyway, I’ll let you know when [if] I’ve got it to work properly.

More power to you. I gave up after an hour. Friendfeed will just have to do, and once every week or so I’ll probably find a way to work a blog link into my daily-ish profile update. Stats suggest Facebook does bring a dozen or more visitors in a day – and unlike folks coming from search engines, these are pesumably people who actually stick around for a little while, being contacts and all. So I think you’re right to focus on them.

I’m not going to start tweeting my links, though. Unless its a link to a post called How to Use a Goddamn Feed Reader.

I don’t get many visitors from Facebook — but then I’m not very active on Facebook. It just annoyed me intellectually that Facebook’s idea of how to incorporate blog posts was to import the whole thing as a ‘note’ with its own associated comment area. Kind of defeats the point of having a blog in the first place.

Anyway, I have a sort-of solution: it still posts them as notes, but they appear with just the excerpt and a link to the original post. Which I can live with.

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