How To Add Facebook Connect To Your Blog

The Easy Way To Integrate The Viral Power Of Facebook Into Your Blog

This blog post will show you how you can integrate the viral power of Facebook Connect  with your  wordpress blog without touching a single bit of code. Its done by using a neat plugin created by Spanish blogger Javier Reyes Most people get put off by mentions of API keys and messing with the code on their webpages. Luckily I stumbled upon this cool plugin that does all the work for you. If you follow each step carefully you will be up and running in no time Even if you don’t have a wordpress blog, make sure you scroll to the bottom of this post where I will be explaining exactly how I will be using Facebook connect to initiate social activity and get immense viral exposure. Click here to download the Facebook Connect WordPress plugin http://www.sociable.es/facebook-connect/ socialble Take a few minutes to watch the tutorial video that explains the features of this plugin The next video gives an explanation of how to install this plugin and set up your API code After you have downloaded the plugin to your computer you need to go to your blog and upload the file into your wp-content/plugins/ folder, you can do this by FTP or by going into the backend of your website if you have CPanel hosting. Now login to the admin panel of your wordpress blog, I am using Wordpess 2.7  in this example, your screen might look slightly different if you are using earlier versions. Go to your plugins and activate the Facebook connector plugin plugins Now in your settings menu open Facebook connector you should have this screen visible facebookconnectorsettings

Get Your Facebook API Code

This plugin is an easy way for you to create your own Facebook application unique to your  blog. In order for it to function you will need a Facebook developers account and obtain your Facebbook API key and Facebook API secret. These are just codes so Facebook can give you access to the user data that will be transferred to your blog. In a new browser window login to your Facebook account and scroll down to the very bottom of your profile page. developers developers-appp developer-app2 develeper-app3 Now enter the name of your new application, agree  to the terms of service and click save. createapplication Now you have been given your API Key and API Secret, you need to copy and paste these numbers into your wordpress plugin settings editwordpressplugin Now open the Connect tab and enter the URL of your blog. connectsettings Scroll to the bottom of the page and click save remembertosave In another browser window,  copy and paste your API key and API secret into your Facebook Connector Options; check the boxes to allow full functionality on your blog connectoroptions Scroll down to create the message template; if you want to customize the messages you can  edit the text in the boxes commenttemplate After you have clicked create template the plugin should have two yellow boxes at the top indicating that everything is now functioning You can now place a widget on your sidebar so your blog visitors can login and interact with your blog. Any comments they make will be posted directly to their Facebook profile widgets drag and drop the widget to your required position and adjust its settings widgetoptions remebertosave Your Facebook connect plugin should now be fully functioning. Go to your blogs homepage and check everything is working The sidebar widget  should look something like this widgetlong Click on the Connect with Facebook  button and start interacting loggingin Now you can invite all your friends to come and visit your blog and more importantly all your visitors can  invite all their friends too inviteyourfriends

Social Interaction Goes Viral

What does all this social activity mean,  and how is it going to help you? As an example I am going to see how much activity I can generate from this blog post using a variety of means.  Immediately after I publish this post I am going to go to go and invite 16 of my friends to come and visit my blog post using the friend connect widget. I am going to ask those 16 people to  invite 16 of their friends to come and see this post too. I hope to start a viral chain reaction that will impact into Facebooks newsfeed.

Syndication

My blog is syndicated to my Twitter account and to my Facebook profile so as soon as it gets published a tweet will get sent and the full RSS feed will be imported as a Facebook note. The next day I am going to go to my Facebook note and tag a further 30 people in this note. I am going to ask people to give it a thumbs up or to press the share button It’s a fine balance when doing this kind of thing, Only people who have wordpress blogs will be  really interested in this post, but I hope other people will want to see the real viral power of Friend Connect in action

Using Groups

Once  I have some impact in Facebooks newsfeed I am going to send a message to my Facebooks groups, inviting them to learn about Facebook Connect. I hope that some of my other friends who have big groups will do same.

Become An Early Adopter

There is a huge advantage to becoming an early adopter of the community building tools like Facebook Connect and Google Friend Connect. You have the potential to take your friends with you wherever you go on the web. So if you see a great blog post you can leave a comment  and it will go straight into your newsfeed for your friends to see. Bloggers can expect more traffic to be circulating back and forth from social sites like Facebook opening up a huge potential of viral social interaction.

How Viral Is Facebook?

With your help we can find out; only by testing new strategies can we discover what their limitations are and how much exposure they bring. I will be tracking the results and monitoring the newsfeed and comments on this blog. Of course I am taking a big risk because I might end up  annoying some people,  I am willing to do this because I see there is a huge potential available and I love sharing with my online community

What  You Can Do Now

1.    If you are on my blog http://www.iandavidchapman.com you can sign in to Facebook Connect and leave a comment 2.    If you are on Facebook reading this you can leave a comment either in the newsfeed or at the bottom of this note. If you like the post click the share button at the top. or give it a thumbs up.  You can visit my blog to see the plugin in action by clicking on this link http://www.iandavidchapman.com 3.    If you have a wordpress blog you can follow this tutorial and get started right away. For those who are technically challenged and don’t know how to add new plugins  get your webmaster to do all this for you. Implementation is the key.  Come back and leave a comment in this thread so other people reading this post can visit your blog and share it with their friends. 4.    If you have any friends who have a wordpress blog  or might be interested in Facebook Connect you can invite them to come and see this post, by clicking on the Invite Your Friends button on the Connect Widget 5.    If you are Google Friend Connect user why not join my site at the same time. Feel free to leave a comment in the social bar at the bottom of the page. Thanks for taking the time to read this article, I hope you got some benefit from it and choose to help me in my experiment to prove that Facebook Connect is worth taking seriously. If you experience any problems with this plugin please contact the developers and read all the comment threads carefully,  making sure you have completed all the requires steps. Ian David Chapman

Comments

  1. Its mad that we knew about this months ago before anyone. Facebook Connect is going to change the face of the world. As usual you are leading the way.

    Nice one Ian

  2. Hey Ian!
    Thank you so much for this great article – made it simple. I successfully implemented this app at http://TheSuccessMan.com

    This is a big move by Facebook. Google took a blow with this move.

  3. Hi,
    thanks for using the plugin, and for the fantastic tutorial!
    you need to add this, for iexplorer:

    <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd"&gt;
    <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml&quot; xmlns:fb="http://www.facebook.com/2008/fbml&quot;>

    ……

  4. Hi Ian,
    How to put facebook connect not in a side bar, but in one fo my page on my website? Thanks :)

  5. Fantastic Concept… gonna bring a research out on summer for this one … :) am gonna keep You updated about it …cheers for the lovely tutorial !

  6. I want to add a simple WYSIWYG editor to my comments box. Is this possible with FBconnect?

  7. I was originally reading this because I thought I’d messed up my attempt to implement it, only to find that I did Facebook connect right the first time! Here I thought there was more to it. :)

    Thanks for your help.

  8. I just wanted to try if it sends comments on facebook :) It doesn`t work for me for some freaking reason.

  9. Yeap, it doesn`t show me the box… :( Do you have some soliution ?

  10. Vladimir I have just changed over to thesis so I have to do a little tweaking, there is a special file I have just installed, should have it working again pretty soon. It was working fine on Revolution Theme

  11. Thanks very much. I will give it a look :)

  12. Hi Ian great web site lots of nuggets of gold here thanks for sharing..
    BUT your videos have no sound! That sucks!
    Where are the Plug ins in WordPress?

  13. Thanks for putting this together!

  14. Same question as Samuel, anyone have a nice and easy guide and tutorial to adding FBConnect to your web site (non-blog)? I’m a little confused by the Facebook Developers section!

  15. Same question as Samuel, anyone have a nice and easy guide and tutorial to adding FBConnect to your web site (non-blog)? I’m a little confused by the Facebook Developers section!

  16. I am using The Morning After theme. I have followed these instruction and everything look and seems fine until I try to Connect. I get the following message in the facebook box:

    “Invalid Argument

    The Facebook Connect cross-domain receiver URL (http://heathtavrides.com/wp-content/plugins/fbconnect/xd_receiver_ssl.htm#fname=_opener&%7B%22t%22%3A3%2C%22h%22%3A%22fbCancelLogin%22%2C%22sid%22%3A%220.251%22%7D) must have the application’s Connect URL (http://www.heathtavrides.com/) as a prefix. You can configure the Connect URL in the Application Settings Editor.”

    Does anyone know how I can fix this? Thank you!

  17. I fixed this by using “http://heathtavrides.com/wp-content/plugins/fbconnect” as my Connect URL.

  18. Great plug-in and tutorial. Thanks for bringing a wonderful solution to an otherwise complicated application :)

    I just installed this yesterday and I think everything is doing just great, with the exception of clicking on the viewer profiles or “view more” from the sidebar widget. Is there a missing part to this tutorial of any guidance I could get on how to create these pages to look a little more integrated in the site?

    Thanks!

  19. Hi,

    Thanks for the great info. I have tried to follow step by step and for some reason when I get up to the create template stage I get this error: Error updating Facebook templates!

    Does anyone know what I’m doing wrong? or maybe how I could fix it?

    Thanks a lot guys!

  20. PJ, i have the same exact problem. Let me know if you find a resolution. Thanks!

  21. Great post. Thanks for the info!

  22. Got problem wit posting comments from web to FB, invalid template id. Search the net and seems like everyone has this problem. Any solution?

  23. How can I connect facebook page fan and my blog to write note automatically when my blog has a new post?

  24. Want to know what VC asked as well. thanks.

  25. i want to thank you for posting these helpful videos and story about how to connect blog with facebook.

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    This is too powerful. Looks a little daunting at first blush but I am going to give it a try. It will certainly leverage on the activity and get lots of exposure. Thanks for sharing and the clear notes.

  31. This is too powerful. Looks a little daunting at first blush but I am going to give it a try. It will certainly leverage on the activity and get lots of exposure. Thanks for sharing and the clear notes.

  32. I have an issue I’ve been struggling to fix and can’t find a solution. I’m using your plugin and on my blog when I connect by facebook and click the invite button all I see is a blank page with only the title at the top “Invite your friends”.

    Would you happen to know why the invite tool doesn’t load up?

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