How to add a Facebook "Like" button to your WordPress blog?

A couple of months ago, my friend Danilo helped me migrate my blog to its new WordPress home. Besides posting, I’ve spent the past few weeks learning the ropes of the WP backend.

WordPress lets you choose themes for your blog and the theme Danilo picked (for which I thank him!) is called Thesis. If you are using Thesis like me, I recommend you follow these steps to add a Facebook “Like” button at the bottom of all your posts.

One small thing, though:

I HIGHLY recommend you install the Thesis OpenHook PlugIn recommended by the author. It will save you a lot of time and protect you from making dangerous mistakes mis-handling PHP files via FTP.

A small correction to the WordPress listing for the Thesis OpenHook plugin: it reads “Visit Design -> Thesis OpenHook and customize to your heart’s content!”

Actually, to customize things to your heart’s content, you’re supposed to click on the Appearance tab on the left of your WordPress backend and click on the Thesis OpenHook link.

Ah! If you find this post useful, please click to Like below! šŸ˜‰

Update on 4/23/2010 (from Jim F. Munro’s blog post about this):

Jim posted a workaround on his blog showing how to display the “Like” buttons on all posts appearing on the home page of Thesis-themed WP blogs. As you can see, it works like a charm!

Privacy: How Much Is Enough? Or Too Much?

Earlier today, I was reading the post by my friend Kerri from Sixuntilme where she refers to how her views on privacy/disclosure have evolved since she became pregnant. It dawned on me that I have also changed how much I value my privacy online, perhaps not since we had our son but more in the past couple of years.

Back in March 2007, we started TuDiabetes, a social network for people touched by diabetes. At the time, I was already fairly comfortable in social media, being a member of more than a dozen networks. This meant, I opened myself up quite a bit… perhaps too much.

Below are some of the things I do when it comes down to my privacy. Why? Because there are enough people out there that don’t have the best intentions in the world. So that doesn’t mean I have shut up and stopped participatingĀ  in social media altogether (those who know me know that NOT to be the case -if you don’t know me, Google me and you will see what I mean). It just means to be mindful when you share something online, withholding what you don’t feel comfortable sharing with people you don’t know.

  • If I am traveling, for vacation or business, I don’t announce it ahead of time. Even more so, most of the time, I don’t write ABOUT it while I am away.
  • If I am at a place at a given moment, I may write about it (a restaurant or a venue) AFTER I leave, not while I am there. That is why my use of FourSquare was so short lived.
  • I only give my personal address to people I know (in real life) in person or people who need to know it (like someone sending me a personal package).
  • On Twitter, I follow everybody I find interesting and relevant in connection with one or more of these: Venezuela, diabetes, nonprofits, social media, music, etc. But on Facebook I only befriend people that I know, either personally or through enough of an online correspondence, to make me feel comfortable sharing with them more than I do on Twitter.
  • On Facebook, I have a list of Family and another list of panas (my real-life buddies). Any personal photos (where anyone in my family appears) I only share with those two lists.
  • On LinkedIn, I typically only accept invites from people I know or have worked with before.

Some of these list items have been cause for some people to get upset at me: I insist -it’s nothing personal… just my own privacy policy.

Do you think I am too paranoid? What is your online privacy policy like?