Put WordPress inside a community

We all know that WordPress land is a wonderful place to express yourself… but that it can be mighty lonely, at times. Unless you’re an A-blogger, you often find yourself on an island.

You post a tweet, you link to Facebook, you advertise your blog in a web forum… but comments and discussion can be as rare as stardust.

That’s where Friendica comes in. This isn’t the place to tell you everything about Friendica. So essentially, let’s put it this way: Friendica is a free, non-commercial and highly decentralised social networking platform. You run it on your own server (every bit as easy to install as WordPress) or join a small server maintained by a friend. At a pinch, there are even public servers to sign up on. You own your own data. Private is private. You can read more here: http://friendica.com/

No, okay… that’s a bit abstract. Let’s try again: Imagine Facebook talking to everyone you know, members and non-members alike. People on Diaspora. Friends on Twitter. People writing blogs and even people who refuse to use anything but old-fashioned email. Imagine that you could post straight to your WordPress journal or to an identi.ca account. To your best buddies only, or to everyone at once. Imagine a place to read what your Facebook friends are saying – in between all your favourite RSS feeds. Imagine forum posts just integrating in your stream. Imagine… yes, you’ve got it: lots of comments from interested and interesting people for your WordPress blog. No matter where those people are.

If you feed your blog from Friendica, it becomes part of a much larger communication network with everyone you find interesting, everyone that finds you interesting. You reach them in their daily streams, in Friendica’s specialist forums, by email, on other social networks… wherever they are.

@WordPress @Open Web

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12 Responses to Put WordPress inside a community

  1. Test says:

    (Testing if comments are shared between WordPress and Friendica, or live on two separate streams.)

    • martin says:

      The comment streams are separate – partly to avoid any export of Friendica comments to Facebook, which would otherwise be possible with some WP plugins. Friendica, StatusNet or Diaspora contacts might object to this, having often abandoned Facebook for privacy reasons.

      • Test says:

        Thanks for your reply! I’m new to Friendica (I haven’t even installed it yet).

        I can program in PHP and Javascript, and I was thinking about implementing a feature that would allow people who want to comment on a Friendica post to choose what external site their comment should be mirrored to (if at all), while at the same time informing them about what propagation policy is being used for the post they are commenting on (WP, Facebook, WP chained to Facebook, etc.).

        I don’t really care about Facebook, but I’d like the possibility to synchronize the comment streams of my blog and Friendica profile. Do you think this is feasible? M.

      • martin says:

        Thanks for your suggestion and offer.

        But I think it would be very difficult to implement. Reason: A person commenting within a Friendica thread might choose to appear on WordPress, but not on Facebook. Friendica could then honour that preference, but a completely independent WordPress addon for Facebook wouldn’t know anything about it – and comments would be merged into Facebook streams nevertheless. As explained above, that’s something to avoid.

        Incidentally, Friendica also has its own Facebook connector. This works on the same principle. Comments from people likely to object to Facebook (i.e. Friendica/StatusNet/Diaspora users) aren’t visible on Facebook.

      • Test says:

        Mmm… I guess the additional information (“don’t progagate this comment to facebook”) would have to be attached to the comment itself. Maybe a modified WP addon could deal with this… I’m going to give it a try one of these days!
        (By the way I completely agree with the reason you explained, but I also think that it’s only fair to let users decide if they want their comments to cross the “walled garden”, povided that it’s technically possible.)

  2. bundesbedenkentraeger says:

    One question: How can I add tags to the whole thing? I like my wordpress articles with wordpress-tags, you know 😉

    • martin says:

      A little tricky… If you run your own WordPress site, you can attempt to tune one of the auto-tag plugins.

      • bundesbedenkentraeger says:

        Well, if I ran my own wordpress site, I’d be posting from wordpress to Friendica…

      • martin says:

        That’s actually the less effective method – because you don’t get the automatic back link to your Friendica comment thread (which tends to be much livelier than comment activity on the blog site itself).

      • bundesbedenkentraeger says:

        I don’t have a backlink when I post from Friendica to WordPress either…

      • martin says:

        It has been in the code base for just over a week. If your site doesn’t use the developers’ branch of the software (from Github), you may have to wait for Friendica 3.1 to appear – updates are very frequent.

      • bundesbedenkentraeger says:

        Oh, thanks for the info, I wasnt aware of that

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