FEATURE: 02.23.19- It's a new way to interact and socialize after reading an article here in the "Mac Potpourri" column, and all that is needed is a mouse click on your Mac or tap your screen on your iPhone or iPad.
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Yesterday – if you haven't already tagged – we turned around the switch, so to speak, and introduced in this column the ubiquitous and ever popular Facebook button that you now find at the end of each article. Now, in addition to leaving comments, you will be able to show your approval of a story you've read, as well as automatically and instantly share it with a link to the article right on your timeline. Everything without much effort on your part!
In addition, it will create a similar post that will appear on the newsroom of all your friends so that they can also do the same: like and share. .
The only small catch is that you must already be logged into your own Facebook account. (If you are not, just sign in to your account online).
We always, from the beginning, included the ability to comment on articles at the end via Facebook, but I have personally found that my stories do not seem to make many contribute their thoughts, and to date only one person has written a comment on a story (which I have to admit was quite exciting considering that there has been nothing before and now).
That fact surprises and admires me since I get thousands – if not tens of thousands – of readers visiting every article every month (just see the statistics recorded for the five most read stories from 2018 and you agree) so that silence is ironically very deaf and heard loud and clear!
Maybe, I suspect there is too much work, or people don't like to comment using their true identity and prefer to remain anonymous when they leave a comment, but use Facebook and require a login to their personal account is a way to prevent spam and robot posts.
If you personally try to keep a low profile online and control your public profile, the Facebook "like" button should relieve your worries as it only allows people on your friends list to see your name appear when they visit an article and everyone else will only see how many an article has been received, so there is a small level of anonymity and your privacy remains intact.
For example, when you visit an article for the first time – assuming you are not yet logged into your Facebook account – you can see the total number of likes it has received so far (if applicable). Assuming you continue to sign in – or are already logged in – to your Facebook account, then if you switch the "like" button, it will show that you and how many people (again, if applicable) like that page , but you will not be able to see the names of other people shown and vice versa. You just want to see the name or names of people who have already liked an article if they are on your friends list.
Likewise, on the back, keeping all the aforementioned things in mind, if a person On your friends list you have already visited the page before you liked the article, then you will be able to see their name showing that they – their friend's name – and how many people liked the page (and vice versa).  Sound easy enough and fair to you? All you need is a mouse click or a simple touch of the screen!
We especially hope that this new social media plug-in Facebook Facebook button (paired with the previously included comments) will further enhance your experience and encourage you to leave a response when you stop at my column.
So, what are you waiting for? Sign in to your Facebook account, if you are not already, and try it by like this article! Or, if you are inclined to leave a comment below. (And if you're up to it and a regular reader in this column, feel free to go back and visit previous articles you've already read and done at the end.)