Category: Social Networking

Anyone Else Having Trouble With Publicize in the WP JetPack?

I recently added the JetPack plugin at the recommendation of a colleague who suggested that its Publicize module is much better than the Leenk.Me plugin I’ve been using for a while to auto-post my blog entries to other social media sites.

(UPDATE: This post appeared correctly on all social networks except Facebook. Something is clearly wrong but maybe it’s in some stupid FB setting?)

And I must say so far it’s not a good experience.

Like Leenk.Me, Publicize doesn’t support multiple Facebook accounts. That’s fine, although I wish I could find a plugin that would support multiple pages and let me pick which one(s) to update with a specific post. (IF you know of such a plugin, please let me know by way of a comment here or email to dan at danshafer dot com.)

But after I got all four of my social media accounts connected via Publicize, I posted an entry and then, on checking, realized that Twitter was updating fine but neither LinkedIn nor Facebook was updating at all. I’ve deleted the connections and reinstated them. I’ve turned the plugin off completely. So far, no luck.

Anyone else have experience with this plugin? Any suggestions where I might be going wrong? Any recommendations for a different plugin to try?

I really liked’s setup. I could change the headline for each service, turn posting to a particular service off for a specific post, etc. But it didn’t support Google+ and its formatting of posts was a little hinky. (BTW, it also sometimes failed to post to Facebook, so maybe there’s a different problem at work there. But it worked reliably on LinkedIn.)


LinkedIn and Junk Endorsements

Some time ago, LinkedIn “enhanced” its idea of endorsements. Back in the day (yeah, like maybe three months ago?), an endorsement meant something because it took effort. The endorser had to write some meaningful words about the endorsee. He had to have some sort of connection with him. (For non-premium members as I recall, only first-level colleagues were eligible to offer endorsements.)

Then that all changed. Now when you visit your LinkedIn page, you probably get smacked in the face with four mug shots with buttons asking you if you want to endorse this person for that specific expertise. By clicking the button, you give them your endorsement. No commentary. No explanation. No qualification. “Yeah, this person is good at that.” And move on.

This morning, as so many other mornings, my email contained an announcement that I had been endorsed. By someone I’ve never met, heard of or worked with for something I don’t know, do or understand.

Furthermore, categories of skills are all over the map and so vaguely worded that I counted no fewer than six that should be under one heading of Web design and another five that should be under the single label “content management.”

Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate all those people who took time to click on that button and say, “Yeah, Dan knows that and he’s good at it.” I just don’t see that the overall effect is significant. Could be because I’m still a free member. I tried three different times to upgrade but I keep getting bogged down in their process somehow and it’s only marginally valuable to me in my new semi-retired state, so I don’t fight the flow too hard.