One of the primary missions of valleycentral.com has been to encourage people in our communities to talk to each other about the local news, politics, sports and other topics that impact us, our neighborhoods and our community.
Thanks to Facebook, starting these conversations online is now very simple.
When you push the Recommend or Share buttons in our articles, you can instantly begin a discussion about our stories with friends on your Facebook wall.
Your Facebook shares and recommendations also help us figure out which stories are actually important to the community. We can then put those stories in front of more readers to encourage even more discussion.
Today, we are introducing yet another Facebook feature that we hope will really boost community discourse: Facebook Comments.
Facebook Comments lets you add a comment to a story, reply to comments from others on valleycentral.com and post your comments to your Facebook wall so that your friends can see them.
When friends reply to your wall post, their comments will also be added to the story's comment stream.
You'll get notifications when valleycentral.com readers reply to your comments so that you can get back into discussion.
The commenting system also makes it easier for viewers to eliminate spam and report abusive comments.
These are just a few ways in which Facebook Comments gets our readers and community members talking to each other.
Want to learn more about valleycentral.com TMs Facebook Comments features? Check out the links to all the resources we TMve created on the links below.