I keep my writing and real personas separate for a reason. My friends and family members have varying levels of comfort with online disclosure, and do not want Facebook to suggest that they become friends with total strangers just because they are friends with me. My writing on some sites can be controversial, and often completely opposite to values some of my friends and family hold dear. I’d like Triond to respect that by restoring the ability to comment via the old widget.
Now that Triond.com has gone over to the Dark Side and implemented a Facebook-only comment widget, all I can do is hit the “I Like It” button. This limits my ability to let my many Triond friends know that I am paying attention to their work, and prevents the conversations that raise visibility for everyone’s articles. Bottom line: whatever benefit Triond thinks it will get from a Facebook-only comment widget will be offset by the lack of conversations on everyone’s articles. Sure, the initial boost from a Facebook plug will get page views, but it is the repeat traffic that matters most.
So for those friends of mine here who no longer see my comments on their new articles, check your “I Like It” counters. I’m still reading.
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