Facebook Connect for Movable Type plugin

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Facebook Connect for Movable Type plugin

Facebook Connect is appearing in more and more websites, including Techcrunch, SFGate, and more, allowing you to use your Facebook credentials to post comments on third-party websites. TechCrunch announced Facebook Connect support for their comments just a few days ago. Yesterday, perhaps in response to Google Friend Connect opening up their service to everyone, Facebook announced just yesterday that their Facebook Connect service was now open to everyone (previously invitation only). Any website can now pull personal data about visitors from Facebook and send back activity reports to their news feeds. All you need to do is fill out a self-service application. Then you need to integrate it with your website.

Curious if a plugin existed for Movable Type I googled for it, and found a post on Six Apart's website titled "Facebook Connects with Movable Type". Intrigued, I clicked through and saw this written by Anil Dash in July of this year, including a screenshot of it in action:
movable type facebook connect login.png Facebook Connect is a powerful new initiative from Facebook that lets you bring your Facebook profile and social graph to other applications and websites while still giving you full control over privacy. We've shown off (and will soon release for download) a free, open source plugin for Movable Type that enables Facebook Connect on any MT-powered site.

Ok, that was nearly 5 months ago, so how is that "will soon release"? Where the heck is the Facebook Connect for MT plugin? I checked the Movable Type plugin Directory, and it isn't there. Next, I thought well maybe it's in beta, so it might be in the "trunk" directory located here: http://code.sixapart.com/trac/mtplugins/browser/trunk. Nope. Apparently, it isn't out yet.

Now, I could go and read the Facebook Connect Wiki and figure out how to integrate it with Movable Type 4.23, but who has the time? I just want to install a MT plugin and be done with it. So Anil, if you're listening, how bout an update on the status of this plugin? I'll certainly be one of the first to install it.

p.s. Now that my griping is done, let me just say I love my Movable Type blogging software.

Update: 12/18/08 - It's now available as a beta!
Download it here:

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