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Facebook Connect is the next big thing?
edited January 2010 in Vanilla 2.0 - 2.8
has anyone started creating or working on a facebook connect add-on for vanilla 2. im working on this now, it would be very good for vanilla because phpbb and other community open source softwares have nearly implemented this important add-on. thanks
I definitely think this is an important add-on. I'm also thinking of related open-social addons, though. Wondering if there is a generic format we can adopt that can work for every open-social connection method.
Too bad rpxnow is a proprietary system.
For Microsoft you don't ever get to keep the data if I recall correctly, and for Facebook you can only keep it for 24 hours. So you should be pinging every 24 hours or on-request for new Facebook avatars etc.-- and even then, you might need to ask for additional permissions to do so and any data given to you from their Facebook profile belongs to Facebook and must not be cached so it always says what Facebook has.
It makes sense, but it inverts the profile model we have now, where the app has the data. Essentially, Facebook and Microsoft (and anything more complicated than OpenID) puts limits on what you can do as an app and both making things easier and harder than just a simple Single-Sign-On (SSO) solution. So the trouble arose when I realised I'd have to both maintain a User account setup as well as the code required to import and refresh that of Facebook profiles, etc.
Then there's the account linking of multiple profiles, and resetting passwords or getting email permissions, and ... I just kind of gave up on Facebook Connect at that point. Still worth looking in to, especially since there's probably more written for PHP than any other language out there.
Not to mention from my understanding, facebook tends to bring about changes and updates with little notice to third party developers, leaving mods/plugins/addons inoperable.
There's millions of people who use Facebook, so why not make it easy for them to use Vanilla Forums?
I do agree that Facebook connect has 2 potential benefits for any site that chooses to implement it, namely a reduced barrier for registration and the ability to attract news feed traffic from Facebook. However, these benefits do come at a cost which may or may not be worth it depending on your marketing strategy.
I think in the long run you will notice basically web trends, myspace today, facebook tomarrow, something else down the road. Facebook now works with OpenID
OpenID support may be a viable option to look into
I hope this would be possible in vanilla 2:)
ive noticed that applications like gwibber http://www.gwibber.com have included facebook integration without all the api facebook app stuff. Also, pidgin http://www.pidgin.im supports facebook chat also through xmpp