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Wine bloggers: turn your blog into a Facebook application

by TrevR on October 2, 2007

OK, we admit it, we’re a bit geeky sometimes, and this post will probably take the cake in that regard. So, if you’re not into technology and what’s currently happening online, then you might as well stop reading now.

For those of you who’ve made it this far, you’ll know that we’ve written numerous times in the past about the massive opportunity posed by the Internet and so-called ‘web 2.0′ technologies for the entire wine industry. What better way to engage with your consumers, regardless of where they may be located, than to establish a strong, consistent and engaging web presence?

Sure, having a blog is a nice start, but there’s a lot more that can be done today to further enhance a brand and build buzz online. To illustrate the point, we’ve gone ahead and widgetized The Cork Board. What’s a widget you ask? Wikipedia describes it this way:

A widget is anything that can be embedded within a page of HTML, i.e. a web page. A widget adds some content to that page that is not static.

You can read the full definition here.

So basically, with a few clicks of the mouse, we’ve created a mini headline feed for The Cork Board and have given anyone and everyone the ability to take that feed and embed it on their website or blog. Obviously, this greatly extends the potential audience we’re able to reach.

The Cork Board goes FacebookTo take our geekdom a step further, we clicked the mouse a few more times and turned The Cork Board into a full-fledged Facebook application. That’s right, now any Facebook user can add The Cork Board application to their profile page (and surprisingly to us, a few have done so already!)

Now, we’re under no illusions that thousands, or even hundreds of people would ever want to follow this here blog that closely, but that’s not the point. The wine industry is filled with interesting people, companies and organizations, each of which does have the potential to engage a large audience using such technologies. Sadly, at least when it comes to those in the Napa Valley, very few in the wine industry have even recognized, let alone embraced such tools.

So, anyone touching the wine industry who is interested in learning more about how to widgetize your blog and/or turn it into a Facebook application, leave us a comment and we’ll get in touch. Otherwise, we’ll return to our regularly scheduled, non-geek programming shortly.

[techtags: Napa, Napa Valley, wine, winery, Facebook, social network, social networking, blog, winery blog, winery blogs, widget]

About the Author

has written 716 posts on The Cork Board. He was born and aged in the Napa Valley and has a passion for wine, writing and social media, which led him to co-found this blog in early 2007. Follow him on Twitter @TrevR.

  • http://www.goodgrape.com/ Jeff

    Sweet! Man, please share the secret(s)!

    I added myself on Facebook, too.

    Jeff

  • http://www.goodgrape.com Jeff

    Sweet! Man, please share the secret(s)!

    I added myself on Facebook, too.

    Jeff

  • http://www.StrumErika.com/ Erika Strum

    I used the tool on widgetbox as well to make widgets for both work and my personal site. Did you notice the problem with the Facebook widget creator though? The tool does not embed the widget in a profile, it creates a link to it. It’s a big drawback to their tool! I emailed them and they replied that it’s on their list of things to fix. Did you figure out a work around of any kind?

  • http://www.StrumErika.com Erika Strum

    I used the tool on widgetbox as well to make widgets for both work and my personal site. Did you notice the problem with the Facebook widget creator though? The tool does not embed the widget in a profile, it creates a link to it. It’s a big drawback to their tool! I emailed them and they replied that it’s on their list of things to fix. Did you figure out a work around of any kind?

  • http://www.uncork29.com/ TrevR

    Erika–you’re right, we have the same situation. We’re told that you will be able to embed the actual widget in a Facebook profile soon…just hang in there!

  • http://www.uncork29.com TrevR

    Erika–you’re right, we have the same situation. We’re told that you will be able to embed the actual widget in a Facebook profile soon…just hang in there!

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  • http://www.wineconsultant.co.nz/ Paul Sharp

    Thanks guy’s, I’ll give this a try. I see you have 111 subscriptions now!!

  • http://www.wineconsultant.co.nz Paul Sharp

    Thanks guy’s, I’ll give this a try. I see you have 111 subscriptions now!!

  • http://blog.roshambowinery.com/ Roshamblogger

    smart and funny. good combination!

    wanna help wigitize roshambo winery?

  • http://blog.roshambowinery.com Roshamblogger

    smart and funny. good combination!

    wanna help wigitize roshambo winery?

  • http://www.uncork29.com TrevR

    Roshamblogger–sure thing, we can try. Send us an email 29uncork [at] gmail [dot] com if you’re serious! :)

  • http://www.uncork29.com/ TrevR

    Roshamblogger–sure thing, we can try. Send us an email 29uncork [at] gmail [dot] com if you’re serious! :)

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