BlogTalkRadio + Facebook = AWESOME!

We just released a brand new feature on BlogTalkRadio that integrates Facebook commenting on all of our show pages. Now, when a listener leaves a comment on a BlogTalkRadio show page, they have the ability to post that comment right onto their Facebook wall in order to continue the conversation here at BlogTalkRadio or on Facebook.

Try it! Just go to your favorite show on BlogTalkRadio, click on an episode and leave a comment for the host. Check the box that says “Post to Facebook” and just like that, you’re opening up the conversation to all of your friends on Facebook.

We’re really excited about this new update because it increases the interactivity between our hosts and their listeners and also gives our listeners the ability to promote their favorite hosts to their Facebook network. We hope all of our hosts will encourage their listeners to use this new feature to help spread the word and give their content an extra boost to be heard across the Internet!
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  • On the surface it might seem good, however the way it was, a host could remove comments left by people that they did not want on their BTR page or a specific show page. Now as a host, I have no control over what comments can remain on my page. This has allowed someone to harass me, as they know they are not welcome at my show, but now I have no ability to remove their comment, even if on the surface the comment looks harmless. So I am not impressed at all with this integration.
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  • I’m frustrated
    add a feature... take away a feature. While I will agree that adding a Facebook feature is a good idea (mainly because everybody else is doing it) believe it or not, not everybody uses or even likes Facebook. But I digress.

    but why remove the ability to leave comments on the main showpage?

    in other words, what's wrong with having both?

    I was going to make an announcement on my page this morning that we are not going to have our regularly scheduled show this Monday because of the Christmas holiday... only to find that I no longer have that capability.

    Additionally,I have both a personal Facebook page and a Facebook page for BlogTalkRadio. Unless I am logged in as my personal Facebook I can not leave a comment on my blog talk radio page anymore.

    and I want to keep my personal Facebook page separate.
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  • yes I agree KRBN - when this first rolled out I wrote in asking why there isn't an option for those who don't want the facebook interaction.

    I have not been a facebook user other than to use a show page to help promote my show. Now it's a real problem if I have to report to facebook stuff that is left on my show pages from unwanted visitors and such.

    I would prefer to be able to post on my BTR pages things from my btr name not my facebook name and I wish to maintain privacy from my personal account on facebook as well.

    Is BTR making a ton of money with this new interface? If so I'd appreciate a discount since this is causing me a lot of problems. Funny, I never saw a lot of requests from people to integrate facebook, and I totally disagree with the idea of forcing us to use a facebook comment system which takes the control out of btr hands.
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  • Hi There,

    Thank you very much for all of your feedback. We've passed this on to the product development team and they will take it under consideration for the next roll out.

    Do keep commenting. We want to hear what you have to say.

    Best,

    Shannon Dingee-Kramer
    Director Customer Relations & Operations
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  • I’m confused, and frustrated
    Why can't we comment on a show page anymore? It seems we can only comment on FACEBOOK????? Why is that our only option, we used to be able to comment on blog talk!
    It is important to be able to directly communicate with other blog talk shows by giving a comment. Having to go through facebook sucks, what is that about anyway???
    Sharon Quinn and Will Gable, the EDGE OF TRUTH.

    This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
    CAN'T POST COMMENTS DIRECT ON SHOW PAGES.
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  • I’m frustrated, over-looked
    I agree with curious listener1414 and KRBN News Talk. Forcing people to relate through a separate interface is NOT improving communication, it is diverting our attention to an external source that makes reaching out to people akin to our message more obtuse!

    It is wrong. Period to force people to FaceBook because as the transition happened, that is the outcome. Options are great, removing an ability is loss, not an improvement. Allowing us to choose one or both ways is an improvement, as it stands, it's been a downgrade. I won't use Fb for this purpose; I don't think it is the safest medium to use and exposure of your privacy with FB has made many victims of criminal minds. Forcing us to use FB without another recourse and calling it a service is toying with words. It is more about losing control over our communications and that is not a service, it widens communication gaps. Isn't hosting a show about reaching target audiences, offering a service to others, and such?

    This loss is a communication DOWNGRADE wearing an improved interactivity mask is not honest communication. I don't like, nor do many people, really enjoy being told how to think or that I will love and benefit from something I KNOW does not work that way for me. I feel manipulated by this "awesome" service being crammed down my throat as a gift.

    I don't want it. Thank you. Now, do I really have a choice or not? THAT is the question that matters. You may only a few respondents, but that doesn't mean many more are passively accepting, and disgruntled in their hearts about it. Only a small percentage speak up and lay their cards on the table when their freedoms, services, and other valuable assets in life are taken away in the name of, "we know what is best for you."

    Ummm... I had a father who thought that was going to endear him to me, and all it truly did, was keep us at a distance till his deathbed when he conceded that was control, not love.... The ante here is not as high as a father-daughter relationship, but the essence is the SAME.

    I hope blogtalk does the right thing and returns us to both means of communication, as we are in the communication business, right??!

    All to Love and Freedom of Human Spirit,
    Sharon Quinn

    PS. How is creating frustration in others a positive thing?
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  • I’m frustrated AND overlooked
    I agree with curious listener1414 and KRBN News Talk. Forcing people to relate through a separate interface is NOT improving communication, it is diverting our attention to an external source that makes reaching out to people akin to our message more obtuse!

    It is wrong. Period to force people to FaceBook because as the transition happened, that is the outcome. Options are great, removing an ability is loss, not an improvement. Allowing us to choose one or both ways is an improvement, as it stands, it's been a downgrade. I won't use Fb for this purpose; I don't think it is the safest medium to use and exposure of your privacy with FB has made many victims of criminal minds. Forcing us to use FB without another recourse and calling it a service is toying with words. It is more about losing control over our communications and that is not a service, it widens communication gaps. Isn't hosting a show about reaching target audiences, offering a service to others, and such?

    This loss is a communication DOWNGRADE wearing an improved interactivity mask is not honest communication. I don't like, nor do many people, really enjoy being told how to think or that I will love and benefit from something I KNOW does not work that way for me. I feel manipulated by this "awesome" service being crammed down my throat as a gift.

    I don't want it. Thank you. Now, do I really have a choice or not? THAT is the question that matters. You may only a few respondents, but that doesn't mean many more are passively accepting, and disgruntled in their hearts about it. Only a small percentage speak up and lay their cards on the table when their freedoms, services, and other valuable assets in life are taken away in the name of, "we know what is best for you."

    Ummm... I had a father who thought that was going to endear him to me, and all it truly did, was keep us at a distance till his deathbed when he conceded that was control, not love.... The ante here is not as high as a father-daughter relationship, but the essence is the SAME.

    I hope blogtalk does the right thing and returns us to both means of communication, as we are in the communication business, right??!

    All to Love and Freedom of Human Spirit,
    Sharon Quinn

    PS. How is creating frustration in others a positive thing?
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  • Shannon-- you do this everytime there is an "upgrade", you roll it out with no notice, and we find out about that things have changed just before show time and then we are scrambling to figure out what happened at the last minute and when we say something or complain about it we get the standard " We've passed this on to the product development team and they will take it under consideration"

    you would not have to pass anything on if you began the discussion with your paying customers (us) first and see what we would like instead of ASSUMING that the change is a good thing.

    I agree with the above comments that Blogtalk is downgrading what could be a really great service if you allowed US to customize our site to fit our needs.

    if you really want to improve something, focus on making the audio more reliable. a few weeks ago we had an important guest on the show that would have really helped our numbers because she was one of the producers from KGO 810 (KGO fired all their long term hosts and staff after cumulus bought the station) plus she could get a few of the former host to come on our show however, we had to cancel it because of audio and connection difficulties. thankfully she understood and we tried again the next day and it worked. however it was really embarrassing not to mention all the disappointed listeners that showed up for the scheduled show.

    we have a long list of important people that will come on, but I am hesitant to ask when you don't have reliable audio quality.

    in short, what good does it do to try and bring promote blogtalk when the product is unreliable?

    just my opinion,
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  • How does one go about placing a comment on one's own page without being logged in / signed in into Facebook? In other words if you do not have a Fecebook account, how do you make comments?

    I think it is not possible to do so.

    That being the case, having to rely on an external service in order to comment on one's own page to announce upcoming shows is in my opinion very unfortunate since there are entire demographics who for one reason or another do not belong on social networking websites.

    These are just my thoughts so take it for what it is.

    Thank you for reading.

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  • I’m frustrated
    What a terrible idea this has been ... I have cancelled my facebook account 3 months ago ... I did the same with twitter ...

    I could use blogtalk just fine, leave comments using my blogtalk account, both on shows as on user pages...

    Now that blogtalk has further integrated blogtalkradio and facebook, i can't make comments anywhere anymore ... Why can't i make a comment on a show if i haven't got a facebook account? I can't even add a comment on my own page... it requires a facebook account ...

    I am not happy with the fact that i am left with a crippled blogtalkradio... not happy at all....
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  • Any news on the topic? I still can't make any comments on shows or on my own page....

    No facebook.... crippled blogtalk :(
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  • I’m frustrated
    I agree, it's been over a month of VOID existing and not one administrative comment guiding further actions or thoughts on those sites crippled by this action of, FORCING blogtalk hosts and listeners to a site many are reluctant to interact with for a variety of reasons.

    I prefer to honor people's reluctance to get involved with 3rd party applications. There are not only privacy issues. More mature people (beyond the 40 range) who simply don't get involved with things like twitter, facebook, etc. That is reality.

    FORCING people is NEVER a good idea, and eliminating a pure blogtalk experience for those inclined to such an way of relating is, essentially, forcing by fact of removing all options but the 3rd party choice. It generates a bitter feeling.

    How is that good for hosts, blogtalk, or listeners? I don't see a win-win here; all comments (and STATISTICALLY we know more exist because very few speak up and take the time to submit to a feedback system) point to win-lose.

    Unfortunate, indeed!

    All to Love and Freedom of Human Spirit,
    Sharon Quinn
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  • Thank you so much for your feedback. We'll be passing this along to our product development team for consideration for future future releases relating to comments. We very much appreciate that you took the time to let us know how you're feeling about the change.

    Best,

    Shannon
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  • Now I can't even see comments left on my page or show page, and I can't make comments.

    I am not sure if this is a setting in facebook, but I can't find any setting in BTR that allows me to see comments on my own show or main page.

    I think this whole system is not working at all. It's bad enough that someone can leave messages on my show page that I cannot delete, but now I can't even see them! I don't like having to hear from other people that there is some trouble brewing when I can't see or respond. So now I have comments on my show that I want to respond to and must have some obscure setting off because I can't find anything on my btr account to turn this feature on or off.

    If I go to my page logged out - as a guest - I can see these comments but then can't reply. If I am logged in I can's see or respond. This is frustrating.

    Can anyone tell me what setting I need to change in order to see comments left by listeners on MY OWN SHOWS!?
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  • unfortunately, BlogTalkRadio has made themselves a third party app and is relying on other third-party applications such as Facebook.

    Personally, I liked the comments feature because I get to more directly interact with my listeners and believe it or not not everybody has [or likes] Facebook.
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  • I’m frustrated
    I agree. The BTR assumption that everyone uses or even likes facebook is false. Further, forcing people to use facebook only results in people not keeping an active dialog of feedback alive and ongoing... people, in their 40's and beyond (yeah, the wise ones - ha ha!) just refuse to be bothered with the facebook process.

    So, again, I voice my plea with other --- please return the blog talk comments so blogtalk is the central point of a program's ongoing dialog that ALL AGES can enjoy and be inclined to participate in. THank You. We have people in their 30'a not especially open to facebook participation, too...
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  • plus we can get back control of the comments left on our own shows. To be unable to remove offensive comments is ridiculous when we pay for our shows.
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  • It's been half a year now... Nothing has changed. I still cannot make a comment on my own page, someone else's page or a show page ...

    Please scrap this feature and let me enjoy BTR with a BTR account only...
    fully featured, like it should be ....
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  • totally agree. besides if Face Book is popular, then why did their stock tank after the IPO?
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  • Thank you all for your comments. I'm passing these over to the Dev Team for consideration. I appreciate the time you took to post!

    Best,

    Shannon
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  • The Facebook comment plugin should be optional. Having it as the only way to comment on a show's page is less than ideal.
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  • Also, as this has already been referred to the Development Team, are there any new updates from them regarding the concerns hosts have about this issue? And when do you anticipate the next rollout/update of BTR will be?
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  • This is disheartening!
    I have been reading through this forum to see if there was a way to disable the Facebook integration. It seems as though this issue has been addressed by multiple BTR users and the response is that the issue "has been passed to the Dev Team".
    Um...this was MONTHS ago.

    Is there a way to disable this function?
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  • I am contemplating doing a show on BTR and need to know if this important issue has been resolved or not so I can decide if this is the best way for me to go or not.
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  • I have been a premium host for over two years and unless you have one of those accounts where you're spending a couple hundred dollars a month and have their own network... your input is basically worthless.

    So no, if you want comments you still have to use Facebook there is no alternative.
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