Plugin directory intends to help sites use Facebook Connect

Facebook Connect, the new service that lets users log in to other sites using their Facebook identities, now has its own plugin directory. Connect doesn’t just want to be a sign-in system, it lets users send their activities back to Facebook, for their friends on that site to seedriving traffic between Facebook and other sites.

Plugins in the directory intend to make it easier for any site to integrate Connect. So far, plugins are available for various blog platforms and services as well as for the open source MediaWiki wiki software project. Facebook says developers can contribute their own plugins for the directory — great for any third-party developer looking to help Connect succeed, I suppose.

One plugin, for comment system Disqus, was announced earlier today. We use Disqus and we have yet to get around to integrating Connect, so I’ve set us up with the Disqus-Connect plugin. Disqus is in the process of turning on its Connect integration, so expect to see Connect integration soon on VentureBeat.

The company blog post about the directory, below the fold.

Announcing Plugins for Facebook Connect

We opened Facebook Connect less than two weeks ago and have been excited to see over 80 sites go live. In addition to a variety of sites and several leading publications, you’ll see that many major blogs have implemented Facebook Connect, such as TechCrunch, InsideFacebook, and the Gawker Media network.

Today we’re announcing the Facebook Connect Plugin Directory to help all developers and bloggers find plugins to easily integrate Facebook Connect into their sites and blogs. We invite you, our development community, to create, list, and offer or sell your own plugins through this directory.

As we announced on stage at our f8 conference in July, Six Apart has built and released an Open Source plugin which allows any Facebook user to sign in, comment, and share their actions using Facebook Connect on any Movable Type powered site. This plugin runs on Movable Type 4.2 and is integrated into the upcoming release of Motion, a new free social application designed to power interactive communities that connect with the rest of the Web.

In addition to Six Apart, we’re excited to see many other developers in the community start projects to bring Facebook Connect to blogs and other publishing systems, including WordPress, MediaWiki, Drupal, and more. In the plugin directory today, you can find integrations for:

Movable Type – Six Apart has built an Open Source plugin which adds Facebook Connect to any Movable Type powered site and allows any Facebook user to sign in, comment and share their actions on Facebook

WordPress has built an Open Source WordPress plugin to add Facebook Connect to your WordPress blog and offer community features including showing recent visitors, inviting friends and sharing comments with friends on Facebook

WordPress – Adam Hupp built an Open Source WordPress plugin to easily integrate Facebook Connect into your blog for login and commenting. This is now available for open-source and we look forward to your improvements

Disqus – Has integrated Facebook Connect into their commenting features

MediaWiki – Garrett Brown started an experimental MediaWiki extension to incorporate Facebook Connect login and identity into your MediaWiki site

It’s still early but we’re hearing that some blogs have seen almost 2x increase in comments made, and many have also sensed an increase in the quality of dialogue, as more commenters are using their real names and pictures.

We’re excited about the community of developers using Facebook Connect already, and look forward to all of the new tools to help make integrating Facebook Connect into your site even easier. For plugin developers, we’ve offered some new documentation and clarifications here. As always, stay tuned for more.