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April 28, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Reader Feedback

Dear friends,

As with any technology and human interaction, our comment feedback system has not worked so well lately. At present, we are experimenting with Facebook comment capabilities and it is up and running for those who have Facebook profiles. Why did we do this? Well, there are several reasons:

  1. We thought that having profiles connected with comments would create increased interpersonal engagement because it is more personal when you can see the faces of those you are interacting with. In our mind this is a very good thing if possible.
  2. Assuming #1 is true, we would be able to introduce the site to more people because those posting comments would be able to automatically post their comments to their Facebook profiles (this option can be avoided by those making comments if desired by simply unchecking the “Post to Facebook” box on each comment – the comment will then only appear here on the blog).

In the end, it appears that #1 may not be true. This could be because it is normal for blog traffic to decline during and after Holy Week. It may also be true because you just plain don't like it! However, our site traffic is more than double what it was this time last year. It seems to me that our comment and interaction volume should be about double.

So, can you help us answer this question? The most important question is, what do you prefer? Which approach would increase your interaction and why? Does it help to have some level of anonymity? Does it help to be able to know more about the other folks commenting or interacting with you? For those who don't have Facebook profiles but would like to provide feedback, send it to RCSpiritualDirection@gmail.com. For those of you too busy for words, we have provided a quick poll box at the bottom of this post.

Thanks for your help.

He is risen!

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About Dan Burke

Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of SpiritualDirection.com, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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