To my surprise Facebook chose to launch this new feature upon Typepad, all the while ignoring one of the world’s most popular blogging platform, WordPress.
Today Facebook announced their new Social Plugins and we’re excited to be a showcase launch partner. In fact, TypePad bloggers are the only bloggers to have access to these features at launch. Woot! [...]
Facebook is a great way to introduce new audiences to your blog. Last year we added the ability for you to automatically share posts with your friends on Facebook. Now with Facebook’s new Like button, any visitor to your blog can show their appreciation for your blog. [via]
For the record, it also looks as if Posterous fans were also able to receive an early invitation to try out the Facebook like button, although it still seems a little strange that WordPress (at least on WP.com) was not invited to participate as well.
WordPress fans are already discussing ways of manually implementing the Facebook like button upon their respective blogs, as a plugin has yet to be created by a WP guru (note: if anyone does develop one, feel free to let us know in the comment section).
Typepad’s latest Facebook fortune could help the blogging site maintain its lead against Tumblr (at least in the US), as well as help keep the nimble blog platform relevant in an age where Blogger and WordPress dominate the global scene.
Update: In the comment section Noah Fleming has informed us that Allan Joseph Batac has created a Facebook “Like” Plugin for WordPress fans! Hopefully he will be able to upload it to the WordPress plugin directory (so he won’t receive a massive bandwidth bill).