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No one asked, no one advised, but PNG Attitude lost its Likes


NOOSA – It all started when Facebook did the dirty on Typepad and made some unconsulted changes which caused the two platforms to stop communicating. I understand FB is known for having that kind of superiority complex.

The worst outcome, perhaps, which has saddened me, is that we’ve lost our Likes feature which enabled readers to offer some kind of applause and writers to get some kind of feedback.

The Likes of every article returned to zero – even those big enchiladas that had over 1,000 (one of Phil Fitzpatrick’s babies was in that elite group).

The most any piece got ever was around 3,000. It was a beautiful but tragic story of a PNGDF soldier killed in the Bougainville civil war.

I had been thinking for some time of making PNG Attitude more smartphone friendly, but knew we would lose the Likes so always resisted the urge. Now it's been done to us. Maybe I'll take the opportunity to look at a new design. Or maybe not.


Some of you may know or have guessed that the PNG Attitude account is also very popular on Twitter with, at last count, nearly 5,200 followers signed up and a lively discussion board. So that's a useful feedback mechanism for writers as I try to give every article a Twitter link.

A top line tweet can get thousands of ‘impressions’ (the number of times people saw it), a significant number of which engage with the linked article.

The original Maserati story, for example, has had almost 9,000 impressions and still counting and the whole #Maseratigate saga has drawn more than 30,000 impressions so far.

So Twitter is big in the PNG Attitude landscape.

That said, it’s my fervent hope that the Facebook-Twitter stand-off is resolved soon so those people who follow us on FB can resume their daily fix. And maybe we can get the Likes back.

Meanwhile, this blog idles along with 2,000-3,000 readers most days, and a Comments section that’s just passed the 40,000 mark drawn into the fray by some 13,000 posts.

Thanks for sticking with us. And sorry about the Likes.


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Chips Mackellar

Never mind, Keith. Attitude is perfect just the way it is. It is the perfect on-line magazine, and thank you for keeping it this way. It is the perfect way for all of us to keep in touch with each other.

We are all grateful to you and also to Phil Fitzpatrick and the other contributors who together have made Attitude such a success.

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