Pointless blue button
Minh’s Notes is now responsible for the most pointless use of the word “app” in recorded history. When posting a comment here, you can finally use your Facebook identity, thanks to a new Minh’s Notes app. “Studio” may sport an intimidating comment form, but there’s no resisting a tantalizingly blue Facebook login button – right?
In fact, this blog’s Movable Type installation allows you to sign in using a variety of services, including AIM. However, just like an unwieldy Facebook friends list, the list of services was due for a little trimming, so out went WordPress and LiveJournal.
LiveJournal met the cutting block because they’d just permabanned me for “search engine optimization”. Apparently that’s the polite term for meeting your readers where they read. Hey, I was chasing eyeballs, not search engines.
But enough about LiveJournal. The Facebook app does nothing but let you sign into this website. So nothing ever appears on your News Feed, and (as far as I can tell) your WPM typing speed doesn’t get submitted to the FBI for behavioral analysis. More importantly, there are no “Like” buttons. I can’t stand those tantalizingly blue buttons.
Movable Type administrators: Get this minimal Facebook integration with minimal fuss by installing the latest version of the Facebook Commenters Plugin from GitHub.