FaceBook Connect for Your Website—Definite Must Have!

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Real Estate Agent with Eau Claire Realty, Inc.

FaceBook just released a brand new widget that lets you integrate your website directly with FaceBook. I have been waiting for something to come out of their API for FaceBook connect for some time and this is definite progress. It’s not everything that I wanted but it’s pretty cool. If you want to see it in action check out my Eau Claire Real Estate website. So far I added a field that will appear in the middle and below on each page. Let me know what you think by dropping a comment. I’m not positive if I need to be approved by 5 people for running this application or not. If so I might ask for help on that. While you are there check out the Google Friend Connect social bar at the top and bottom right. Please sign in and become a friend of my site.

If you want to read more about the new FaceBook widget you can read this article from Tech Crunch. You can also go to here for instructions. Setting it up is pretty easy for a normal website and a bit rougher for those of you out there using Joomla! It took me about 30 minutes to tinker until it finally worked. The instructions are ok but you might have to go to here for further details.

You can watch the video about installation below.


How To: Create a Comments Box with Facebook Connect in 5 Minutes from Pete Bratach on Vimeo.

Shane O'Gorman's Facebook profile

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Rainer
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Jim Albano
Prudential Damiano Realty - Little Falls, NJ
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I'll have to check this out. I'm going to look you up on facebook too.

Feb 19, 2009 10:51 PM #1
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Don Sabinske
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I really appreciate tips like this.  I can't keep up with everything so I look to the Rain for great ideas and yours was the best this month.  Thanks.

Feb 19, 2009 10:53 PM #2
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Shane OnullGorman
Eau Claire Realty, Inc. - Eau Claire, WI
Eau Claire Wisconsin, Real Estate Agent & Realtor- Buy or Sell

Jim-- I just added something to make it even easier to connect to me on Facebook through this. Just go back up top and you can add me easy now.

I have been waiting months for this to come out. Its not exactly what I hoped for and more will come for sure but this is pretty cool.

Feb 19, 2009 11:12 PM #3
Rainmaker
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Cindy Bryant
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I need to put all 3 on my website, but I'm running out of room.  May have to start a page for all of that kind of stuff.

Feb 19, 2009 11:57 PM #4
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Tom Braatz
Re/Max Realty Center 262-377-1459 - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent,Waukesha

Shane

Facebook certainly is a great medium and has great traffic as well.

Sincerely

Tom BRaatz

Feb 20, 2009 12:43 AM #5
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Morgan Evans
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - Manhattan, NY
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I watched the video, seems like a cool idea, especially because once somebody comments you will be able to see who they are on facebook.

Feb 20, 2009 07:29 AM #6
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Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
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This sounds pretty interesting and I am going check into it further when I have more time.

Feb 20, 2009 07:33 AM #7
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Debra Kukulski, Broker Associate
RE/MAX Unlimited Northwest - Cary, IL
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This is SO wonderful, Shane...I had no idea but will definitely do this now:-)

Feb 20, 2009 08:35 AM #8
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Josef Katz
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Interesting.  I posted a blog the other day about fan pages but this seems even more interesting.  I am now going to check it out and see how it all works. Thanks

Feb 20, 2009 09:50 AM #9
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Shane OnullGorman
Eau Claire Realty, Inc. - Eau Claire, WI
Eau Claire Wisconsin, Real Estate Agent & Realtor- Buy or Sell

The interaction is great. The feedback is great. The connections are great. What more could you want?

Well the only thing would be something that works more universally to connect every social network. For now Google and Facebook are split and it will probably always be that way. Thats business.

You will definitely see more come out of this though.

Feb 20, 2009 11:57 AM #10
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Julie Nelson
Keller Williams Realty - Austin, TX

This is interesting ... I'll have to check it out. Thanks for the info.

Feb 20, 2009 01:49 PM #11
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Castellum Realty Lancaster real estate
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Shane, how do you feel about Facebook's recent policy in retaining users content for life. Do you feel that has devalued facebook?

btw: Great API Developers tool. Thanks for sharing.

 

Feb 20, 2009 03:54 PM #12
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Shane OnullGorman
Eau Claire Realty, Inc. - Eau Claire, WI
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Well I dont like it when any site just takes your data or your personal information. I know they got a lot of heat for that and changed back but that does not mean they wont do it again. Another story seemingly unrelated was that of Everquest the video game. Apparently they sold all their user data to some scientists to study human something or other. Now they might not do anything evil per se with it but that's a lot of personal information on there I am sure. I don't like Google's policies either. I realize we give up a lot of information when we are public in our profession but that doesn't mean that everything I do should be public. I should have a choice over what I share. I really don't like my ISP being able to read every single thing I do on the internet but they can.

Feb 20, 2009 08:17 PM #13
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OK Facebook is my next project. I will get on it. You have shown me once again how valuable it can be and what we can do with it. Thank you for the info and I will flag this post. Julie Anne Barrington IL Real Estate Agent www.homesbyjulieanne.com
Feb 20, 2009 08:37 PM #14
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Shane OnullGorman
Eau Claire Realty, Inc. - Eau Claire, WI
Eau Claire Wisconsin, Real Estate Agent & Realtor- Buy or Sell

You know 6 months ago you could have asked me and I would have said its useless. Now I think its probably the most important tool.

Why? Because I had never used it and mistook it for Myspace. Its a lot different and clean. There is a difference.

The new API is making this stuff happen and its bringing a lot of great tools.

Feb 21, 2009 12:03 AM #15
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Bruce & Sandy Soli
Sierra Sotheby's International Realty - Incline Village, NV
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Sounds very cool, the video is superfast and a bit confusing, but could be it's  11pm and it's been a long day too!  Thanks for sharing the idea, I can see how this would be very useful!

Feb 22, 2009 01:03 AM #16
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Thanks for the heads up!  I need all of the help with this techie stuff as I can get!

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