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IP.Board 3.3 Dev Update: Auto-share on posting

Posted by Matt , in 3.3.x, Blog 07 February 2012 · 14,705 views

IP.Board was one of the first commercial products to make use of Facebook integration to allow logged in Facebook users instant membership. We extended this in subsequent releases to include the ability to share status updates and links from the board such as topics. During this time, we also added Twitter as an authentication system and the ability to tweet out links and status updates.

You don't have to be an active Facebook or Twitter user yourself to appreciate the advantages of tapping into the millions of users these sites receive daily. It's a great way of driving more traffic to your site and to encourage activity.

Auto Sharing
In the current version of IP.Board, you can quickly share and 'like' content such as topics, gallery images and blog entries when you read them. In IP.Board 3.3.0, we've taken this a step further and added the ability to auto-share content during creation.

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You simply check the boxes for the services you want to share with and it'll share the content as soon as its been saved. You can even make the current preferences default so you don't have to remember to check them each time.

Of course, these buttons don't show if you've disabled sharing for that forum and you can optionally disable the entire feature from the Admin CP.

Authentication Flow
In the current version of IP.Board, you have to be connected to Facebook before you can share status updates and links. This means you'd have either registered with a Facebook account of you'd have linked them via your UserCP. Not everyone will be aware of this functionality so there's a chance that some of your members will never make use of those features.

In IP.Board 3.3, we've utilised the Facebook Javascript SDK into our own code so you can connect to your Facebook account without leaving the page.

The Facebook auto-share button is visible even if you're not currently connected (assuming of course that the feature is enabled and you've set up Facebook via the Admin CP). When you click the checkbox, if you're not connected, the request for permission dialogue loads automatically. Once allowed, the connection is finished in the background and you're all set up ready to share without leaving the page.

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This drastically reduces the barrier for connecting your Facebook accounts with IP.Board and further encourages sharing.

Changes to meta data
When you share a link, Facebook checks the page for specific Open Graph meta tags. Once of these determines the image that is shown next to the link. By default this is the IP.Board logo. In IP.Board 3.3 when you attach images to a post, these are used as the shared image bringing context to the link.

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These changes will no doubt increase the number of topics shared with Facebook which in return will increase visitors to your forum for those that embrace social media as a way to drive traffic.

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Will there be a way for owners of their boards to switch off these addons. If not I cannot upgrade.

Will there be a way for owners of their boards to switch off these addons. If not I cannot upgrade.

Hello.

Yes.

Of course, these buttons don't show if you've disabled sharing for that forum and you can optionally disable the entire feature from the Admin CP.

I don't like this because i don't want my members sharing private content to twitter or facebook,and just more bottons in your face.

Will there be a way for owners of their boards to switch off these addons. If not I cannot upgrade.


Of course, these buttons don't show if you've disabled sharing for that forum and you can optionally disable the entire feature from the Admin CP.
This is great news. However, content creation in IPB is not limited to just posts. Can you add this to the blogs and ip content? So if you create a new blog entry, will it have the same functionality? If you create a new article in IP Content, will it have the same functionality?

Thanks,

Brian

This is great news. However, content creation in IPB is not limited to just posts. Can you add this to the blogs and ip content? So if you create a new blog entry, will it have the same functionality? If you create a new article in IP Content, will it have the same functionality?

Thanks,

Brian


That is our plan, eventually.

Yes, you can turn off this feature completely via the Admin CP.
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I don't like this because i don't want my members sharing private content to twitter or facebook,and just more bottons in your face.

You may wish to shut off the feature then :)


I should point out that "sharing private content" is not a good argument. People can always just copy/paste ;)
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That is our plan, eventually.

Yes, you can turn off this feature completely via the Admin CP.


Hi Matt,

I hope your reply about turning off the feature was directed towards someone else. If not, then you misunderstood me. I am 1000% enthusiastic about this new feature. I just want the ability to do the same thing with blog entries and ip content articles. Could you publish a work around for the blog and the ip content until it becomes a standard feature enhancement, just after 3.3 is released? Otherwise, it sounds like these social media enhancements won't appear in blog and ip content for several releases (at least the way you worded it..).

Our online community, like many, struggles for visitors in the face of Google + and the circle features ... almost more than Facebook. Our social media strategy is to cut as big a swath as we can in online social media by sharing links and news about our community, and creating brazen neon signs and lights to get people to click through to our site, login, and interact. Right now, we have rss feeds for the forums, for the blogs, and for the articles, all feeding into our twitter account. The feeds into Facebook are more cumbersome so this will be great.

Please consider adding Google + as a third item. We are seeing exponential growth of followers of our Google + account since we created one in December.

Thanks,

Brian
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Love it! Good job guys!!! More networking features = more traffic!

I should point out that "sharing private content" is not a good argument. People can always just copy/paste :wink:


Not if they have signed the Official Secrets Act they are not allowed to, and they know they would land themselves in front of the courts if they did so, therefore why would I put further temptation in their faces. Then the other point to that is why would we use a forum then when they can go direct to Facebook, people like that extra security of a good closed board. Now last year we did not have any of these problems, but this year its share this share that, tag this, tag that and then the running of the Gallery by members and not the people who bought the licence. Lastly if a person posts a photo in the gallery with maybe 12 others do you think the other 11 have given permission for it to be shared on Facebook, I doubt it, and isnt that a breach of a persons right to privacy, which other softwares have had to place safegaurds for that very reason.

Love it! Good job guys!!! More networking features = more traffic!


Yes thats true more traffic from your forum to Facebook, now that really makes sense.

Yes thats true more traffic from your forum to Facebook, now that really makes sense.


It makes perfect sense to me when we have thousands of followers on our Facebook page and I want all of them to know when a new post has been created in our community. Is the entire post replicated on Facebook? Certainly not. There is a subject title and a link beckoning the Facebook populace to click over, login, and engage.
Agreed but I still think it will have the opposite effect, your not sharing a link you are automatically sharing the post on Facebook I quote
Auto-share on posting ( "Clicking this box will share with Twitter/Facebook when saved" )
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Feb 07 2012 05:31 PM
awwwwwww, great!

Agreed but I still think it will have the opposite effect, your not sharing a link you are automatically sharing the post on Facebook I quote
Auto-share on posting ( "Clicking this box will share with Twitter/Facebook when saved" )


Well, this calls for a clarification from Matt. Will this share feature list the entire post or just a few characters? Obviously, with Twitter, he has already answered that: a maximum of 140 characters.

If the feature does in fact share the entire post in Facebook, could you consider adding an acp setting so that we could limit the amount of the post content that is shared, to a certain number of characters?

I should point out that "sharing private content" is not a good argument. People can always just copy/paste :wink:


As a small publisher, I absolutely love this and will utilize it. You don't have to be a fan of Facebook to realize the traffic potential here. :)
Sounds awesome but would love to see sharing of posts on Google Plus Page / Profile coming through.


The plain +1 button in the current version is 8 months old now....


Hope that better sharing on G plus comes through..

(Thou, I'm not sure, if Google has allowed api for developers) :-S :-)...
What a neat addition! I see it's already been implemented on the official IPS forums.

One question, though: can these new share buttons also be added to the "quick reply" editor? I see them in the full editor, but most posts are usually made with the quick reply one, so I'm worried the feature might end up under-used if it isn't available there as well.

One question, though: can these new share buttons also be added to the "quick reply" editor? I see them in the full editor, but most posts are usually made with the quick reply one, so I'm worried the feature might end up under-used if it isn't available there as well.


Good point!

Well, this calls for a clarification from Matt. Will this share feature list the entire post or just a few characters? Obviously, with Twitter, he has already answered that: a maximum of 140 characters.

If the feature does in fact share the entire post in Facebook, could you consider adding an acp setting so that we could limit the amount of the post content that is shared, to a certain number of characters?


The share functions work exactly as they do now when you manually click the share functions. This just does it automatically on post.

The share functions work exactly as they do now when you manually click the share functions. This just does it automatically on post.


Can anyone post a print screen of what you see when you manually click the share functions? Is it as Gerry 5039 has inferred, that the entire post is reproduced on the Facebook page or wall? I know Matt has a print screen of a sample of a post but I don't know if that example is showing the entire post or just a portion of it.

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