How to Promote a Facebook Comment Thread

Facebook Comments in WordPress is the most easy things to do, In case you do not know I have talked about it at the end. Assuming it is implemented, Facebook Comments gives you option to control how many comments that can be displayed which is arranged chronologically. Though the default option is great but many important and useful comments are left unseen by new users which in turn is possible that they leave the same kind of problem again.

Good news is  that Facebook Comments seems to have got a new feature, Boost  Comment, which I saw while managing my comments which allows you to promote or BOOST comments to top of everything. This makes sure that every body sees the most important discussion you feel will be useful for users.

Boost Facebook Comments

Now there are two ways comments are boosted :

Individual Comment Level :

This only promotes the comment to top of the thread it is i.e. if this is the fifth comment in a thread ( which has many sub threads  or replies ), It will rise on step up.

Inner Level Thread  Promotion

Comment Thread Level :

If you promote the first comment in a thread, the entire discussion thread moves top of all the comment discussion. I found this very useful.

Boost Entire Thread

This is how it looks like when a comment thread is promoted.

Boosted Thread

So what happens if you promote another comment?

Surprisingly it will not get on top of already promoted comment but will be right after the comment which was promoted before it.

Find it Interesting ? How do you implement Facebook comments in WordPress or Any Site:

If you a novice user, I will suggest you to use this WordPress plugin, but if you don’t want to use any plugin, follow the steps below:

  • Go to http://developers.facebook.com/docs/reference/plugins/comments/
  • Grab the code after entering details of site, width and number of comments to display.
  • Copy this code and paste it in your comment section or anywhere you want.
  • You are done. Any person who is logged into Facebook when see’s this box will be able to comment instantly or he can login

Facebook Comment Box

Now if you are wondering why this turned out to be so simple, then it actually is but with few drawbacks:

  • No Moderation
  • You cannot use the boost feature
  • You cannot hide a comment.

So How do you get all these ?

To enable moderation:

  • You need to associate your site’s Facebook comments with a Facebook app which can be created and seen here
  • Once Done, you need to add two meta tags in your sites header

<meta property=”fb:admins” content=”{YOUR_FACEBOOK_USER_ID}”/>
<meta property=”fb:app_id” content=”{YOUR_APPLICATION_ID}”>

  • If you have more than one admin, you can add them in the app itself and here also.

Now the difference  here is, if you add admin details in meta tag, you get to see moderation tools in the comments section of the page else you will need to moderate after login to your Facebook account by visiting this page.


About Ashish Mohta

A Professional Tech blogger, Editor and Writer who talks about solving day to day problems of people who use computer. His expertise are in Windows 7, Microsoft Office, Software, Mobile Apps and Video Posts.

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