Social: WordPress’s new commenting plugin

Just a quick note to say that I’ve added a new commenting & social media plugin, Social, to my blog.

It combines standard WordPress comments with mentions of a specific post on Twitter and Facebook. Other plugins can do the same thing, but Social also broadcasts notifications of new posts to the same social media site, and tracks replies & retweets of that original broadcast message.

It would be nice if the broadcast facility used my Pro settings, so that it used my shortening domain, – something that my previous auto-tweeting plugin was able to do. However, that plugin insisted on garbling apostrophes, quotation marks and other common punctuation, so if Social can cope with this I’m gaining as well as losing.

But this is a very new plugin which has backing from a commercial organisation, MailChimp, so there’s every possibility it will improve in future.

Author: Scott Matthewman

Formerly Online Editor and Digital Project Manager for The Stage, creator of the award-winning The Gay Vote politics blog, now a full-time software developer specialising in Ruby, Objective-C and Swift, as well as a part-time critic for Musical Theatre Review, The Reviews Hub and others.

One thought on “Social: WordPress’s new commenting plugin”

  1. Social’s awesome in theory; but since it’s a free plugin, I can see why it might take some time for newer iterations to come out that address the numerous bugs that the plugin has.

    I wanted to schedule posts for when I’d be out-of-country to broadcast, but c’est la vie.