lexipixel - 5:36 pm on Jun 11, 2011 (gmt 0)
if the average user understands/remembers the subtle distinctions between Like and Recommend
The stranger thing is I've had the AddThis facebook button on every page in WordPress for more than a year using the default-
Yesterday I decided to click it to see what happens.
I got a page with "Share this Link" and a pull down with the following options-
Share: On your own wall
______ On a friend's wall
______ In a group
______ On your page
______ In a private message
I've spent a good 3-4 hours this week trying to decipher all the various ways one could integrate FB into a website.
Just to read up on the subject you need to:
- log into facebook
- click "About" (bottom of page)
- click "Resources" (left nav)
- click "Developers Site" (3/4 way down content area)
- click "Add Facebook to My Site" (green button top of page)
... from there your options are to just use the iframe code (listed under "Social Plugins"), or delve into the netherworld of Facebook coding and try to decipher if you should:
- use XFBML (eXtended Facebook Markup Language)
- setup Open Graph Tags
- implement Authentication & Authorization
... and countless other incarnations of how Facebook would like you to butcher your site's code and impregnate it with all their garbage.
Worse, about 2 years ago I registered as a Facebook Developer, (I actually wrote a couple apps one for each "way" you could get something functional to happen in the "canvas area"... (but that's another story).
Now, Facebook wants me to give them either my cell phone number or a credit card number to verify I'm still myself -- OR, they won't let me generate any "Like button" code beyond the default iframe snip.
Still worse, since I don't actually want to link my website to my personal FB account (which is stripped bare of all info), and instead want to use a Facebook "Page" for the connection between my website and the facebooking community -- I tried to "switch" to "Use Facebook as a Page" after logging in -- but then when I get to the tools for generating code for their Social Plugins, I get the error message telling me I can't -- that the tools can only be used when I am logged in as myself.
Just trying to remember what I clicked, what happened, and what works or doesn't hurts my brain -- more than any other exercise in web coding or experimenting with new web toys I've come across in 15+ years.
In fact, I was actually able to download the Eclipse IDE, the Android SDK, a WordPress RSS app example, and hobble together a function WordPress (Android) app that pulls the RSS feed from my site and displays the latest 5 posts from my blog onto a smart phone with a about 1 1/2 hours of work.
Facebook hurts my brain 1000 times as severely as reading this message does for "you" (meaning whoever was unfortunate enough to read all this).
I think I'll just leave the AddThis button where it is and move on to something more productive.