With the address of my web site about to be published in "about the creators" paragraphs in a couple of anthologies, I figured it was high time for me to overhaul <a href="http://jaqrabbit.com
">the site</a> into something sort of professional looking, and I did that with WordPress. There are static pages with info and/or links for stuff I've done, and a blog section on the main page where I can just post stuff, keeping it current but with more permanence than FB updates that no one will see again after a few hours. In the process, I'm trying to turn that site into a hub for my online presence.<br><br>Aside from participating in a handful of forums (including this one) Facebook has been my main presence, so I'm trying to integrate my site with that. In particular, I want a status update posted there every time I post something on my blog. Which is easier said than done. I've found a few ways to do it (in theory):<br><ul><li>Facebook has an <a href="https://developers.facebook.com/wordpress/
">official plug-in for WordPress</a> that adds FB features to your site. For example, you can include a comments section that uses FB's system, links on pages/posts for people to Like them, and so on. It will also do what I was talking about: status updates for each new item you post. In theory. In practice, I can't seem to get it to work. At its best I got it to post status updates to FB that no one but me could see. And getting it to work at all requires wading into Facebook's app-development tools, which are maddening. If I weren't familiar as a user with the clusterfuck that is Facebook's own "process" for developing their site, I'd find this astonishing. Instead it's a head-shaking "figures".<br></li><li>There's a third-party plug-in that doesn't have the deep and wide integration of the official FB plug-in, but is supposed to do the same thing with status updates, called "<a href="http://wordpress.org/plugins/add-link-to-facebook/
">Add Link to Facebook</a>". I haven't been able to get it to work, but that may just be my fault, or the fault of my slow web site. It also requires some mucking about with creating a FB app, but apparently not as much as the trainwreck that is the official FB plug-in.<br></li><li>A more versatile solution is the web site <a href="http://ifttt.com
">IFTTT.com</a>. That's short for "IF This Then That". It's a point-and-click system that allows you to select from a wide range of web sites and services, and link them using pre-built actions and "recipes" such as "If [a new post on WordPress] then [post update on Facebook]". Or you can have it tweet something to Twitter, or a whole bunch of other things. And it <i>works</i>. Based on the recipes you have active, it scans for the conditions in your recipes every 15 minutes, which is a perfectly acceptable delay for this sort of thing. The thing that bugs me about this option is that it depends on a third web site to make it happen, and (a corollary of that) you have to give them your login credentials for every site involved in your recipes.<br></li></ul>
So that's what I'm doing so far. I don't use Twitter (though I'm thinking I'll start, by echoing my WP posts thru it) but I take it you can have tweets automatically posted on Facebook, which would be worth looking into if I weren't doing things t'other way 'round.<br><br>What are y'all doing?