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Facebook Tools

By Mark Carey
Posted August 26, 2010, in Social Media.

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Automatically Post New Entries to Facebook

The Facebook Tools plugin for Movable Type enables you to easily and automatically share your MT entries on Facebook. The plugin pushes updates directly to Facebook immediately when entries are published, avoiding the delays of other services. Futurer versions of the plugin will add additional Facebook integration features.

Post New Entries to Facebook Within Seconds of Publishing

There are a number of free services out there that will automatically share your entries to Facebook. In most cases, these services work by periodically checking your blog's RSS feed for new entries to post. While this works, it means a time lag or delay before new items get posted to Facebook. The delays get worse and more frequent when these services become popular. TwitterFeed has over 1,000,000 users and NetworkedBlogs has over 300,000 -- because they have so many RSS feeds to check, it can often be a long time before they get around to yours. The Facebook Tools plugin solves this delay problem by pushing the Facebook updates directly from MT, immediately, when the entry is published.

Requirements

Most required modules are included in the download file for Facebook Tools. Because the Facebook API uses “Oauth 2.0”, it must use SSL. As such, one of following are required (plus any dependancies), but may already be installed by default on your server:

Crypt::SSLeay OR IO::Socket::SSL

If your system doesn’t not already have one of these, note that the latter is known to be easier to install.


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78 Comments

mastoll on October 4, 2010, 1:11 p.m. Reply

Mark,

Does Facebook Tools include the ability to switch on a per- BLOG basis? I have one blog on a multi-blog installation for which I want to use Facebook Tools. I cannot install plugins that affect all blogs and so need only those that can be switched on a per-blog basis.

See Jun’s code suggestion at: http://forums.movabletype.org/2010/09/how-to-assign-plugin-to-one-blog-on-multi-blog-installation.html#comment-47274

Thanks, MAStoll

Imoti on March 30, 2012, 6:33 p.m. Reply

Pushing for direct publishing is indeed a much better option, than using a third party service to check your RSS.

Johny on June 14, 2012, 12:53 a.m. Reply

Rush, Yes! This plugin still works even on my Movable Type Pro...

joe style on June 26, 2012, 11:45 a.m. Reply

Direct publishing is a great option, thanks for that!! Is there going to be a new version any time soon?

Eve Roberts on July 16, 2012, 7:00 a.m. Reply

Great plugin which can be connected with your Facebook page. What is more important is that the speed of availability of the news on your feed on your Facebook is much faster than the other services as networked blogs for example.

lewis lau on July 16, 2012, 2:53 p.m. Reply

has anyone tried this with the iOs app Movable manager with success? I installed FB tools and it works great at posting comments that I create via my PC also adds a link of this entry to my FB page (as a status update).

AWESOME!

But when I try mobile posting by creating a new entry with Movable Manager the entry appears on my main site, but never gets posted to my FB page.

Tried to contact both Mark (who wrote FB Tools) as well as Flashforward Labs (who wrote Movable Manager) but no response so far - just wondering if anyone has tried both the plugin and iOS app with success?

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