A WordPress plugin for adding the Facebook Like button to your blog

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[Note: This post is rated: Geek.]

While I know in doing so, I’m supporting Facebook’s march towards turning the “social” part of the internet into a corporate-state, I nonetheless decided to add a Facebook “like” button to each post on RexBlog so I could understand what life will be like in the future when we must choose among three chips to have embedded in our foreheads: Google’s, Facebook’s or the CIA’s.*

The information on Facebook.com about adding the button seems fairly simple and I’m comfortable with cutting and pasting code in/on WordPress* files. But I have a rule that goes somehthing like this: If I can’t get a coding thing to work within five minutes, then it’s over my head and I’ll wait until the weekend to tackle it.

And that’s what happened with the Facebook “Like button.”

So, last night (Friday), I asked Nashville WordPress developer Mitch Canter (@studionashvegas), if he could recommend a WordPress plugin for adding the “Like” button.

Well, as it says in the good e-book, “Ask, and it shall be given.” Sometime during the late night/early morning, Mitch created such a plugin and I’ve just installed it — and it passed my five-minute test.

If you have a self-hosted WordPress site and know how to install plugins, you’ll know what to do. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then don’t try this at home.

Thanks, Mitch. I like it.

*Kidding aside, there are some important issues anyone who uses Facebook should review regarding privacy and how information about you is collected and used. Here are a couple of blog posts to read:

NYT Gadgetwise Blog: “How to Opt-Out of Facebook’s Instant Personalization”

Lifehacker.com: “Restore Your Privacy on Facebook”

**Wordpress is the open-source software on which RexBlog runs.