Facebook Creates Official Plugin for Wordpress

Facebook and the Wordpress development community have teamed up to build a more integrated Facebook sharing plugin. An official Facebook plugin for Wordpress. The plugin is available at Wordpress.org for free.

Wordpress is the largest digital publishing platform powering over 16% of the sites on the Internet.  Stop and think about that for a second.  A single platform powers over 16% of the sites on the entire Internet.  That's pretty amazing.  As you've read here before, we are big Wordpress fans.

Official Facebook for Wordpress plugin

The plugin allows Wordpress authors to tag their friends on Facebook from within the article that they are writing.  That tag shares the story snippet onto your friend's wall.

You can also tag pages (fan pages) from within the post, or update your own status.

Make your WordPress site social in a couple of clicks, powered by Facebook.

This kind of deeper Wordpress integration makes sharing authored content onto Facebook that much easier.  No more having to copy/paste the link to your latest update and ping it out to everyone manually.  You can all your Facebook promotion and post syndication from right inside the Wordpress platform.  To use it is just as easy as the tagging feature in the Wordpress core.

The setup is a little tricky.  The plugin requires some extra steps and signups to pass the security muster of Facebook.  Basically, you have to create a Facebook "application" in order for seamless system interplay.  The whole process is fairly painless as long as you follow all the setup instructions.

The new plugin also comes with some extra Widgets for your sidebars.  Very easy to drag and drop into the site.