facebook count comments without fb-comments-count

Having moved my blog over to use facebook’s comments plugin I needed a new way to display the number of comments for each of my links.

It turns out to be very easy. Simply making a request to


returns a json string with the following format { “http://www.matt-reid.co.uk/blog_post.php?id=68”: { “id”: “http://www.matt-reid.co.uk/blog_post.php?id=68”, “comments”: 1 } }