strongI wrote to WordPress:
I followed the instructions to connect my IEBA blog to my Facebook account. It works fine. It pulls the title and the excerpt description properly. It links the title to the blog article. All well and good.
But it doesn't have a "Share" button at the bottom.
For some stupid reason, it has _another_ link to the blog article. The redundant link is called "Read Original Post" which is what clicking on the linked blog title does, just a few pixels higher.
The problem is that people who want to SHARE the love and post about my blog article CAN'T because there's no SHARE button. I can't get the additional potential click through traffic. Isn't that the whole point of connecting WordPress to Facebook?
Why does it have to stop at my Wall?
Please affect change so that the last item becomes "Share" like it is supposed to be.
Oh, and adding the first image of any blog post connected to Facebook would ROCK! and make it look like something authored in Facebook, instead of something a little odd.
On Jul 7, 2010, at 2:14 PM, Naoko - WordPress.com wrote:
People can share your post by "Like"ing it or commenting (this will show up on their profile page).
Many of our users place GetSocial Live or AddThis buttons on their WordPress.com blog sidebar text widget to make it easy to share your posts.
I wrote back:
Liking or commenting is not sharing. Those two items merely say:
Michael Owens commented on Anthony Burokas's status.
Michael Owens likes Anthony Burokas.
Neither of which give the person reading THEIR page ANY information about what I took the time to write and try to link through Facebook. If WordPress took the time to properly craft the connection to use "Share" instead of providing a redundant link to "Read original post" people could SHARE my link on their page and then all of the people who read THEIR page can read my article's title and the Excerpt Text that I took the time to craft to be enticing. And when someone SHARES it from their page... and so on, and so on...
THAT's what's social media is all about.
Wordpress ALREADY has the connection. It's already approved and it already works. It just needs to be crafted to provide a "Share" link on my Facebook page, instead of the redundant link to "Read original post." You guys are SOOOO close to getting this one right. It's just a little more and BAM... more WordPress viewers. But you have to make it "Share."
I've already contacted WordPress on this one.
If you agree with me that the inerrant Facebook connection should say "Share" instead of "Read original post" then join me and let WordPress know please.
The blog I need help with is ieba.wordpress.com.