Pushing Out Blog Content to Social Media Outlets

Instead of posting content directly on Facebook or Twitter, post content on your blog, then push it out to the social media outlets.

Ian Stewart and David Pensato, two fellow Winnipeg WordPress fans commonly talk about the importance of owning the content you post to the web, and how posting content to Twitter or Facebook is not the best for ensuring you will always have access to that content in the future.

After a WordPress Portfolio Tutorial Matt Wiebe presented at New Media Manitoba, at which he’d mentioned the Social plugin, I’d installed it and decided I’m going to blog more often instead of just tweeting, then push out a tweet and Facebook post using the plugin.

The Social plugin has gone through some issues recently, and I was not able to push out content to Facebook for a while now. Also Automattic has recently released JetPack 1.2, which seems to have features that are similar to what the Social plugin provides (pulling comments on your blog post from Facebook and Twitter), although I am not sure that’s the case.

Now there is a 2.0 version release of the Social plugin, so if anyone has the scoop on the state of the two different plugins and where each is stronger/weaker, I’d be glad to hear it. Otherwise, just install one, the other, or both, and enjoy the features they add to your blogging experience!