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New Facebook Connectivity

20 January 2011

I’m trying out some new ways of integrating this blog into Facebook, and particularly to my Facebook page, to which you’ll also find a link in the sidebar. Once this is working smoothly, it will be a value-added service I can offer my website clients. One kind of integration available is that you can use your Facebook identity to log in here on this site, and you can optionally post your comments both here and on Facebook simultaneously. I’ll describe more details as they become available.

Currently I’m using the Facebook Opengraph plugin from Javier Reyes, which provides several useful widgets plus a Like button for each post. If anyone has suggestions for another easy way to integrate a WordPress blog with a Facebook page, please let me know.

144 Comments to “New Facebook Connectivity”

  1. Jose says:

    I have seen all kinds of companies on Facebook doing just this. I think that using Facebook and Twitter in this way is a great idea, thank you for taking the time to put this together and make a blog post out of it. I appreciate the work you have put into this and I hope as this progresses you will continue to post more about it. Great job by the way.

  2. Renee says:

    If I’m not mistaken, I think that any type of FB module, whether it be a simple Like button or a side bar on the right side of the page, whichever FB module you embed on your web page, it will give your visitors FB login capabilities. So you may as well use a module that does more than just let you log in. That makes sense, right?

  3. John says:

    Was reading a previous blog about customer retention and how they are using social media to do just that. This is another way of doing that because as I said in my comment on that post it is word of social media now instead of word of mouth that will build or break your company. Thank you for all the work you have done here.

  4. Jamie says:

    One of the most significant developments announced recently is the Object API, which allows mobile developers to create Open Graph objects without having to host corresponding webpages. I remember when applications had to serve data into Open Graph through web endpoints, so native iOS and Android apps weren’t able to build the same types of experiences or gain the same opportunities for distribution and discovery as web-basedd apps, unless they have the resources to build a web backend.

  5. Delma says:

    When the humble FB profile page got a much-needed makeover I thought it could steamroll Google+ and Twitter alike. The Timeline. Mashable has called the new feature the “biggest risk since launching the social network in 2004.” The Next Web calls the death of the profile page a “bit of a shock” and notes that the “massive makeover might just be a bit too much,” especially for less tech-savvy users. I had trouble with the timeline at first, but I’m ok with it now.

  6. Troy says:

    Facebook has been out a long time and it is still growing everyday with more and more friends so I think that this is something that would work great for businesses now days to promote what they are doing and selling it couldn’t hurt that is for sure. Thank you for the post I will keep it and return for more information.

  7. James says:

    Facebook hasn’t updated in quite some time and rumors are floating around that another big update is just around the bend. This has been met with mixed reactions: some people upset at the idea of another change in interface so soon, some still upset about the last update, and some just upset about Facebook for ideological reasons. Well coming soon, just below the poke button on your friends profiles will be the “stalk button.

  8. Isaac says:

    The built in LIKE button is so convenient for me (and many others I’m sure) because I can chime in with a comment without any hassle whatsoever. I am usually always already logged into FB because I check my timeline as soon as I get on the computer. So once I am logged in, I can just contribute to the dialogue without any delays resulting from having to sign in.

  9. Isaac says:

    I like the idea of using FB tool bars and embedding them in web pages because I use both my Twitter account and FB in tandem with Google Alerts. I setup my Google alerts to retrieve news about topics of my choosing and then I use TwitterFeed to post preview links of each Google Alert to either my Twitter or FB pages. So I am always logged into FB and this makes it easy for me to interact with other visitors when they post comments.

  10. Frank says:

    I was on Facebook for a while but there is so much crude on there that I finally shut it down because I got tired of the drama. Is there another way to reach all the people you are talking about other than facebook? I was thinking about Twitter but I don’t know much about it so I would have to do some research. I will check back later to see if you answered.

  11. John says:

    I read that Microsoft released a new version of its Bing Bar downloadable browser tool bar that includes several Facebook capabilities. Bing Bar users can see when they have new notifications, messages, and friend requests, and view an activity feed and photos from friends without visiting Facebook.com. Though the Facebook features and other functions including maps, mail, translation, and rewards are somewhat useful, the Bing Bar is only available to users of Internet Explorer 7 or later running Windows 7, Vista, or XP, limiting its potential for adoption.

  12. James says:

    I think utilizing FB connectivity is a good idea. Some news organizations are wasting no time in integrating and testing them. Nieman Lab reported that Washington Post has integrated Facebook in a new tool that lets users see how their friends have interacted with a story. It is part of Facebook’s latest push to be connected and integrated throughout the Web in a way beyond what Facebook Connect allowed. I think I want something similar for my blog.

  13. John says:

    I think you are already doing a good job of integrating FB connectivity by having the right side of this page and embedding the FB login. What I like about that login module is that it is more than that. It shows you a thumbnail of FB users who have been active on your FB page. That has the potential of driving your blog visitors to your FB page when they feel they want to interact with or look into one of the FB user thumbnails.

  14. Calvin says:

    I’m having difficulty figuring out whether there is a way to apply FB connectivity to my blog in such a way that I can charge others for the right to post their profiles on my high traffic site. The challenge is that if this type of monetization model is to work, I have to some how restrict the things they can post on my site. Perhaps this is simply an obsolete business model. Maybe I should just let others post whatever they want and find another kind of income stream.

  15. Zachary says:

    Even though I know how to operate my fB profile with the new timeline format, I still find it frustrating because I don’t think it is totally user friendly and I don’t like the design limitation. So I am currently looking for a versatile script that enables you to totally customize the look of your FB page. I heard FB recently decided to allow a certain scripting language, the name of which escapes me right now. Does anyone know what the name of it is?

  16. David says:

    I think it’s a good strategic move to use FB connectivity. Afterall, Facebook is the social network of choice for millions of people, but like any site out there, we all have our own list of improvements we’d like to see. But why stop at your blog? The Greasemonkey script community has come up with hundreds of scripts to improve your user experience. The scripts allow you to change colors, remove ads, automate repetitive tasks in applications and a whole slew of other improvements.

  17. Jerry says:

    I am continually finding myself frustrated by settings that cannot be changed within Facebook, or simply finding that Facebook is too integrated (or not integrated enough) into the rest of their lives. The good news is that some of this can be controlled with a few decent browser extensions for Firefox. You can’t embed these into your page, but visitors can install plugins that enhance the FB experience. But then you have to ask the question, what percentage of visitors use Firefox. I do.

  18. Jamie says:

    If you are going to use FB connectivity on your blog, you are no doubt already active on FB, maybe even with your own profile or fan page. An application which should be implemented by most of the fan-page owners. Static FBML is really simple to implement and can be used to do various modifications on Facebook Fan Page. FBML supports pure HTML & CSS. When I see a customized fan page, I think professionalism, which inspires confidence for visitors.

  19. Jamie says:

    When a service such as Facebook limits users’ creative freedom, it is inevitable that other add-on services will overcome this limitation. This is why then, we see more and more Facebook tab apps that give us more control and freedom when it comes to customizing a fan page or a personal profile. I can’t really understand why Facebook doesn’t create an editor that lets users create a super fan page. I can only guess they don’t want to deal with it.

  20. Bruce says:

    Facebook modules make sense to have on your site. I think Zuckerberg is doing a disservice to the future of web development by putting down HTML5. Why couldn’t he just say that they were going to make native apps for each OS? That’s what other companies do. His message would have had the same effect without being negative or shifting blame for company shortcomings to an important technology. Most companies who take mobile seriously would never had used HTML5 for their app UIs anyway.

  21. Reggie says:

    I can’t say it is a bad idea because Facebook has continually made improvements. One of those is making it easier to change the username of a Facebook Page. Before, you had to submit a request to change the username but now any administrator can change a Pages vanity URL directly from the Page. Now, although you have more than 100 Likes, you are given the option to change the URL. But choose it wisely because you can change it only one single time.

  22. Jamie says:

    I have been seeing more and more companies advertising on their Facebook page and it seems to be working for them rather well. I have been watching just a couple of them to see how things go and I think they are doing the right thing by putting it out there. It looks as though the traffic to their site has doubled already.

  23. Michael says:

    You can’t go wrong with a FB module, at least for now. Facebook has always been about helping people make connections. They started with helping people connect with their friends, and over time they expanded this model to mirror more of the connections you make in your lifeincluding organizations and interests that may not be people. They developed Pages, for example, so you could connect to your favorite celebrities, musicians and businesses on Facebook.

  24. Lorenzo says:

    This is one of the best ideas I have heard here lately, promoting yourself and what you offer, whether it be a service or a product, on Facebook is a great idea and it is free advertising. You can’t be free when you are a start up company. Thank you for the idea I am going to look into that and Twitter to see which one will reach the most people.

  25. Bruce says:

    Since the first time Facebook founded in 2004, this social network site is continuously developing their features. Because of so many features available, most people never realize all of the available features. Hell, I haven’t even scratched the surface about learning the full capacity of all the plugins and scripts. In any case, I think you can’t go wrong adding an FB toolbar or login form.

  26. Paul says:

    Facebook just continues to grow everyday and you get more and more people signed up even under false ages because the kids want to be on there and have a Facebook page like everyone else. To state that this is a good place to advertise your business would be redundant however because I think that has been said plenty of times by now.

  27. Jason says:

    I think it is a good idea to use the Share Live Stream on your website. The Live Stream plugin lets users visiting your site or application share activity and comments in real time. The Live Stream Box works best when you are running a real-time event, like live streaming video for concerts, speeches, or webcasts, live Web chats, webinars, massively multiplayer games.

  28. Frederick says:

    Facebook connectivity is the big thing in the society today, if you have a business then you need a Facebook page for that business so that you can promote your business or your products that you sell. Keep up the good work I am looking forward to the next post that you do because this one has taught me a lot about business in today’s world.

  29. Jerry says:

    I read somewhere that Facebook is a testing a “Discover New Games sidebar module that shows several of a user’s friends who play a specific game. This new, free discovery channel could make up for some of the lost virality that resulted from Facebook closing several viral channels this year. Therefore, it could potentially help to slightly reduce the reliance of developers on marketing spend to grow their games. This may prove to be a nice sidebar for any blog.

  30. Sandra says:

    One new feature is Graph Search. The new search tool lets you to search Facebook’s huge amount of data to get consolidated results. Zuckerberg stressed Graph Search’s privacy awareness when he introduced it months ago. Every piece of content has its own audience, most content is not public, and you can only search for content that has been shared with you. The first thing you should tweak is who can see the information about you that’s in your profile.

  31. Amanda says:

    There are all kinds of modules and even more apps for Facebook. This social media company seems to keep expanding. I have not gotten into any of the customizing of my FB page yet, but I intend to. I do have my own blog and I like offering connectivity modules. I think it can help you increase visitors that may stream over from FB traffic. I think it’s a good strategy.

  32. Jerry says:

    This may be looking a bit into the future, but really, the Retina Screen is a new feature that is already here. The Facebook Phone’s high-definition display is actually named for its retina-scanning capabilities. Not only can the screen identify its ownerno more fumbling with pesky passcodes!but, by tracking your glance-to-answer ratio, Facebook can assess whose calls you’ve been screening the most. Alerts to the people you’ve been avoiding can be turned off in your settings.

  33. Megan says:

    I noticed that you have a Facebook login widget on the right side and a sharing bar at the top of the page. These widgets will most certainly stream traffic to and from your FB page and blog. That’s what I ultimately want to achieve: To automate the process of updating my FB page so all I need worry about is updating my blog with posts. Anyone have recommendations as to which WordPress plugins integrate FB and Twitter?

  34. Steve says:

    I noticed you have the login module on the right side and it shows thumbnails of people who you may know. And if you’re tired of squinting at thumbnail images of people in search, thinking they kind of look like the person you meant to find, then you could try installing inYOf4ceBook. It lets you place your mouse over the image and see a large view of it so you can actually tell who you are looking at.

  35. William says:

    I like using connectivity and social plugins. Websites like this can give you more ways to experience the web with your friendsfrom letting you form connections on these sites with your favorite movies or restaurants to showing you the most popular content based on what is being shared among your friends. Rather than seeing popular stories, products or reviews from people you don’t know, you’ll now see content that matters to you the most.

  36. Frank says:

    When I first got into Facebook, I did not like it so much. I found the early versions of FB to not be so user friendly. I used to think it was easier to build my own site. Actually, I still prefer customizing my own WordPress blog over using FB, but even I recognize the advantages of integrating and linking both. So many non technical persons use FB than ever. You have to facilitate their experience.

  37. Eddie says:

    It is a good strategy to leverage Facebook and Twitter to support your promotional blog activities. I do it myself as much as possible. It is a well known fact that a significant proportion of these users snack on social media content and engage via a smartphone or a tablet. So your blog must present information appropriate for these behaviors. I’d say using connectivity modules or widgets that enable visitors to easily share and interact is a sensible move, indeed.

  38. It’s really something new about Facebook. My own Blog is made in WordPress and wordpress provides the widget to connect our blog to Facebook and
    Twitter. It’s truly one of most suitable way to promote our content over the Social media. This is one of most common connectivity way for the WordPress users.

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