Better late than never. Facebook pages for some of my books:
Will post a few more things soon. Thanks!
krypted December 30th, 2012
Posted In: Articles and Books
In a constant search for achieving comment nirvana for the sites I manage, I was recently looking into integrating WordPress (and a couple of other CMS engines) with Facebook. The sites are setup to only allow authenticated users to comment and it just seemed like with all of the single-sign on technology out there that it just didn’t have to be so annoying. After installing the OpenID integration it seemed like there still had to be a better way to allow even more people to authentication. How about Facebook?
Facebook has done a lot of work on making their API one of the best in the social networking world. The initial implementation of FBML was a little clunky (a client was an early adopter) but it proved to be one of the things that set them apart from the competition. And the API doesn’t just allow for embedding objects into Facebook, it allows for extending Facebook out as well. One of the best examples of this is for authentication.
Which brings us to actually making it work. The first thing to do is go grab an API key. To do so, visithttp://www.facebook.com/developers/apps.php and click on Set Up New Application (orhttp://www.facebook.com/developers/createapp.php?version=new). Provide the domain name and any other required fields and out pops an API key and a secret. The API key will be exposed but the secret will act as a password of sorts, much the same way many other key exchanges function. Copy these and do not give them out.
Once you have your key, go to your WordPress site and log into the admin page. From there, click on Plugins and then click on Add New. Search for WP-FacebookConnect. Install the one from Adam Hupp and then locate it in your sidebar (it will say Facebook Connect). Click on it and then provide the API Key and Secret and click on Update Options.
Now that it the plugin is installed and configured it’s time to add it to your theme. This part is a little more tricky than most but it can be as simple as a single paste. Copy this into your clipboard:
<?php do_action(‘fbc_display_login_button’) ?>
Now click on Appearance back in the sidebar and then click on Editor. In the Editor scroll towards the bottom (usually) and locate the form that takes in the comments, which likely begins with:
Now paste it in immediately above or somewhere inside the form, which means somewhere below the first line but above the following:
Once done, open one of your pages and you should see the Connect with your Facebook Account icon so you can authenticate using Facebook. You can also move the text around in the box by moving between areas in the comments.php file (in the themes screen). If you don’t see the Facebook icon then try accessing the site from another browser as you might still be logged into your administrative portal.
Finally, consider the strategy that you use for managing comments. You can still hold comments for approval, you can still approve once and give users unbridled commenting love and you can still scan comments for spam using one of the filters for doing so. That is according to you. But you now have an easy-to-authenticate to solution where visitors don’t have to sign up and get an email back, etc. But they can if you want, given that there are still at least 4 or 5 people (I believe they are in deep freeze somewhere) who don’t use Facebook, and you wouldn’t want to alienate them!
krypted January 28th, 2010
Posted In: WordPress
I got a message telling me that I have reached the maximum number of Facebook friends allowed. Apparently one is not allowed to have more than 5,000 friends. Go figure. Therefore, over the course of the next few weeks I’ll be trying to whittle that list down. If I inadvertently remove anyone then feel free to readd me, but if we haven’t actually met in person, please try and indicate why you’re adding me so I know it isn’t spam.
krypted October 30th, 2009
Posted In: sites
I once denied someone’s request to add me as a friend on Facebook and got an earful about how they bought one of my books and couldn’t believe I would be so rude, etc. Since then I’ve been an open networker on most of the social networks. It’s kinda’ weird sometimes to listen to people talk about how they keep track of their friends through feeds when I have too many to keep track of, but the tools continue to become more sophisticated and I’m getting closer to be able to do so.
Having said that, there is a new thing I’ve been noticing recently. Someone adds you as a friend and then tags you in a photo that you’re not in. Perhaps its a photo where they’ve added your profile picture or your name for a character from a comic book or video game. There’s really no reason for them to do this. You click on their profile and they have thousands of friends and have posted hundreds of these things, perhaps too many to do by hand. Wondering why they’re doing it I browse around their profile, looking for links or something to explain why – but nothing…
Most spam that we get is for someone to make a buck off a product. Maybe they’re selling Viagra, maybe it’s someone trying to get you to wire them money so they can send you that $10,000,000 check that only you can cash or maybe it’s for some seedy website. Either way they want you to do something that results in payment being made to them through some fashion. This is different. It’s people just posting weird collages of other people’s profile pictures and then tagging 16 to 20 people. But there’s no apparent financial gain. It’s confusing to me… Why do it?
The only fix I can think of is to de-friend them and/or just untag the photos. But now I feel the need to track them and try and figure out what the point is, or whether there is a point…
krypted September 25th, 2009
Let’s over-simplify this:
Twitter is a very popular site. FriendFeed is kinda’ similar. Facebook is a very popular social network site that happens to have the features of FriendFeed built in. Now Facebook owns FriendFeed. Some acquisitions are about technology, some about user base/customers and others about the talent that a company has. I would assume that almost every person with an account on FriendFeed already had an account on Facebook. Facebook can easily integrate the same technology that is present in FriendFeed (and already has for the most part). So I’m gonna’ go out on a limb and say this one likely had more to do with the talent (mostly ex-Google rock stars) that FriendFeed had amassed… But who knows, there are likely plenty of variables I am not privy to, so that’s conjecture.
krypted August 10th, 2009
Posted In: Business
Someone once told me not to put anything in writing (or on film) that I didn’t want my grandmother to see. The obvious extension of this is not to put anything out there that you wouldn’t want your employer, your neighbor, your future spouse or that child you haven’t yet considered having to see either. If you’ve ever gone to a portrait studio with the family you’ll notice that unless you pay a hefty additional sum then the portrait studio ends up owning the negatives of your photos. If it were Sears, it seems like they should ask you whether or not they can plaster them into every Sears in the world if they were to do so, but they wouldn’t have to. By having them take the photos in the first place you’ve provided them ownership of photographs of your family/child/self/dog/flea trap of a cat/whatever. Do you have a problem with this agreement?
A number of people are upset because Facebook put in their terms of service that they basically own anything you upload to their site, in perpetuity. Mark Zuckerburg responded to such privacy concerns that when people upload their data to Facebook,”people own their information and control who they share it with.” I’ve talked about Facebook’s stance on open networking in the past and their every attempt to protect privacy for users from one another. But in this case it seems people are more concerned about Facebook itself, rather than other users. Are you also concerned about Sears?
People are uploading massive quantities of photos, videos and even documents & sharing that data with their friends. I wouldn’t be concerned about what Facebook is going to do with your data. For now, it is in Facebook’s best interest to protect your data from being accessible to others. Because, Mark Zuckerburg’s vision was to provide that level of privacy for students. But, what happens when Mark Zuckerburg has to sell Facebook (ie – to Rupert Murdoch who I’m sure will still be buying companies in 2040 at +100 years old)? Are your pictures going to end up on the ‘skinny jeans’ edition of Facebook’s Girls Gone Wild? Will your children happen across your video clips on Facebook MST3K? I’m not too concerned with privacy, whether it’s Facebook or some other site. Why? Because I pretend that my grandmother will see all of it – and if it’s all some day assembled and sold as stock photography and video she very well may.
krypted July 27th, 2009
Posted In: personal
Today I found a game/app in my Facebook feed called Vrais ou faux seins ? The application has blatantly exposed breasts. I can’t speak French so I can’t tell what it is about, but the pictures sure seem to tell a pretty compelling story. I’m sure that the good people at Facebook will end up finding the application and removing it soon enough. But it brings up, again, the changes that the increasing globalization that the Internet has brought about. And in my standard Facebook feed…
It’s not that I care. I don’t. It’s more just watching culture classes as they continue to emerge. Much like Google’s Schmidt leveraging YouTube to speak out on Iran in a way… There are positive aspects of a more open world, but there are also aspects with regard to differing values that will have be reconciled in the culture clashes that continue to happen. Such as the appearance of boobies in little Archie’s Facebook feed…
krypted June 27th, 2009
Posted In: sites