OoTheNigerian

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Hey Facebook, can you give me my comments please ? :)

19 October 2010 by Oo

Over a year ago, I tried launching a Q&A forum called UKnaWAH to enable Nigerians in the UK share information about living in the UK. The first problem was how to get people off Facebook to participate. I reasoned the easiest way would be to integrate Facebook connect.

Well, I was wrong.

I posted my first test question asking how I could buy cheap tickets to Nigeria. It  was subsequently shared on Facebook. The responses came quick 10 of them. 0 on my Q&A site, 10 on Facebook.

The bigger problem was, and still is, getting the responses out of the walled Facebook garden!

See screenshot below.

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I immediately stopped putting any effort on UKnaWAH as it became obvious the best answers would end up on Facebook.

This loss of comments also happens in my blog posts where I lose about 10 comments to Facebook for every post. I can only imagine the millions of YouTube comments that have been lost to Facebook.

Comments out of context make no sense therefore the original posts deserve their comments. At least a duplicate.

But there is a solution

Facebook can allow the pingback of the comments just like HackerNews , Twitter and co do. Before you shout privacy, the pingbacks can be anonymous if necessary.

So will Facebook allow this?

4 comments | Categories: Technology | Tags: , ,

  • http://nmachijidenma.com Nma

    I am very surprised Mr. Zuck has not implemented this yet as part of his open graph takeover.

    I think there is a wordpress plugin that actually pulls in Facebook comments to your blog… at least I have read of one. Not sure if it works though. See link: http://www.openparenthesis.org/code/wp

    • http://myOnePage.com/Oo OoTheNigerian

      Nmach,

      that plugin only makes FB notes out of your blog posts. Zuck is hiding our comments., lets hit the streets :)

  • http://gre.gs/ Awfy

    From what I can see you’re after comments to not only appear on Facebook but on your website also. We’ve had that on Klydo for the past 12 months and even earlier on Youmeo.

    • http://myOnePage.com/Oo OoTheNigerian

      Can you actually get the comments tied to the particular post no matter how many times it has been shared? e.g if you share this post on your blog and your friends share it, all comments on the shared post will come back here?
      If yes, that will really be huge!