We're making a change here at the TNT Diner: You now can use your Facebook account to post comments.
The News Tribune debuted Facebook commenting on Biz Buzz earlier this year and other News Tribune blogs have followed. Many major news organizations already have switched to Facebook commenting. Here's an interesting article by Jeff Sonderman of the Poynter Institute about the switch media outlets have made to Facebook commenting.
We believe switching from the anonymity of WordPress commenting to a system where user names will be transparent and linked to personal Facebook accounts will result in a higher level of conversation. We may see a decline in the number of comments, but we believe the conversation will be more focused and civil. Too often, we hear from readers that they would participate more in our blog conversations if the comments weren't so, well, nasty and mean-spirited. Our hope is that a switch to the Facebook commenting system will reduce the name-calling and trolling that has become problematic.
Facebook users will be able to share their posts with friends by checking a “post to Facebook” box below the comment field.
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For you Facebook users, you can also friend the TNT Diner Facebook page here.