Monday, November 14, 2011

How to add a facebook feed to your Google blogger blog

Editor's note: 
I don't usually write with a lot of large fonts, italics and underlined text. But, it is extremely important that you pay attention to this tip. Some blogging tools from blogging sites like "squarespace" for instance ~ allow facebook status updates by a widget. I've been told by direct communication with facebook development what you see below. This is the reason for the emphasized text.
After months of trying to figure out how to code a facebook status update on my various blogger blogs … I finally figured out an inelegant way to do it.

This is THE ONLY way that's safe and secure that I've found.

Website widgets as far as I can tell ARE NOT secure and expose you and your friends on facebook to password and status theft.

As far as I can tell, the average status theft is occurring through being friends with "websites or blogs" that have direct facebook integration on their sites.

** KNOW THIS ** - according to the facebook developer forum IT IS IMPOSSIBLE to have a secure application widget on any website (server side or client side).

There is a work around though.


The only way to make a true anti-viral status update available on your website is to display your status as an RSS feed*.

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication


Go to http://www.fbrss.com

Authorize the feed through facebook connect.

This feed generator is AN AUTHORIZED facebook developer tool.

Once you connect with facebook, this feed generator tool will give you links to your status updates ~ ie … anything posted to your wall. It will also give you a link to just YOUR updates.

I recommend using the second link to respect the privacy of your friends (and possibly family).

Copy the appropriate link to your clipboard or your notepad.



As you can see, it also generates facebook RSS updates for all of your friends if your friends have public facebook profiles. This isn't a security concern, but disrespect of these feeds is potentially a privacy and possibly a legal issue.

If you're wanting to add facebook status updates to your Google blogger blog, go to your dashboard and click on the design tab …

You'll come to this window (Add and Arrange Page Elements …

Click on "Add a Gadget" …


Clicking on "Add a Gadget" will bring up this window (below)


You'll have to scroll down a little bit …. Choose the "Feed" widget by clicking on the + sign …

This window will pop up …


Paste the RSS feed URL you got from http://www.fbrss.com  ...

Click "CONTINUE" …

On the next screen you'll be able to choose a few options for the display of your feed.

Adjust accordingly.

Blogger will automatically format your widget for font, background color, width, and height.

Voila!

It's not the most elegant - but it is the MOST secure!

1 comment:

I am a lover of children's literature said...

This is quite interesting! I'll definitely have to look into this later, in more detail, thanks!