Facebook has rolled out a new comment-plugin that you can implement on your website. Basically, a Facebook user could leave a comment on your site -- and on their profile page -- simply by being logged on to Facebook. The advantage, beside ease and convenience, is that it cuts down on trolls since you would be forced to use your real identity -- which is too bad, because we love trolls on con.ca.
But there is a dark side to this: as engineer and MBA Steve Cheney discusses on his blog, the integration of Facebook's comment plugin's formatting and fonts is so strong that when you're reading comments you actually feel like you are on Facebook, not the third-party web site you are visiting. Steve feels that, aside from forcing people to tie to one identity accross the internet, Facebook Commenting violates a site's authenticity.
Facebook is no longer a social network. They stopped being one long before the movie. Facebook is really a huge broadcast platform. Everything that happens between its walls is one degree away from being public, one massive auditorium filled with everyone you've ever met, most of whom you haven't seen or spoken to in years.
On our site you can still post anonymously and, please, feel free to troll. We thrive on it.
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