Support » Plugin: Facebook » New Developer Alert on Facebook – What needs to be done?

  • Resolved Mark

    (@marksda1)


    Just received a developer alert on Facebook that my app needs to be update. I’ve looked at the list of “migration” settings but have no clue what needs to be done? Is it simply a matter of ticking them enabled or are we awaiting a new version of the plugin? It apparently needs to be done by Tuesday.

    This is the message:

    Your app, xxxx, needs to be updated for the February 2013 Breaking Changes.
    Once your app is compliant, set the migration setting to “Enabled” in the Advanced section of the App Dashboard.
    These changes will be permanently enabled for all apps in 1 day on Tuesday, February 5, 2013.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/facebook/

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  • Parneix

    (@parneix)

    Would also love to have feedback on this. Not quite sure what I’m suppose to do. If anyone found a proper method to become “compliant” please do share!

    P.

    lionelmyszka

    (@lionelmyszka)

    Yes, I am very interested in how to manage this.

    hlanglais

    (@hlanglais)

    I am also interested in knowing about this.

    Parneix

    (@parneix)

    Ok, it should be easy. I made my app “compliant” in a few seconds.

    I guess it will depend on how you programmed your app. I didn’t: I setup my Facebook app the easiest way possible, using online tutorials. It does nothing special and I didn’t customize anything.

    If this is your case the answer is here:
    http://creators.ning.com/forum/topics/facebook-app-updates

    Upon enabling the “February 6th Breaking Changes” in my migration panel (don’t forget to save at the bottom of the page), I got a message saying “Changes saved. Note that your changes may take several minutes to propagate to all servers.” But I really didn’t have to wait: I immediately received an email from Facebook saying my app was now compliant. The same message was on my Facebook dashboard when I visited my page. Everything seems to be working just fine.

    Don’t forget to visit the link above: it has clear instructions with graphics and all.

    Hope it helps some of you.

    P.

    Mark

    (@marksda1)

    Okay, my understanding, however tenuous it may be, is that the real app is the plugin, i.e. the code running on our blogs. The Facebook settings just tell Facebook what to expect from our app. So as far as I can tell the link just tells us how to change those settings without actually updating the app itself? And maybe in reality the app is already compliant?

    Dunno, would hope for some official word on this from the developer but appreciate anyone’s effort- thanks Parneix!

    Parneix

    (@parneix)

    Yes! That’s what I understood too, more or less.

    What’s running on your blog is basically the OpenGraph protocol. It tags things in a language that Facebook (and therefor your app which is the active Facebook Page you have) can understand. So when Facebook is crawling your blog (maybe because someone “liked” it) Facebook knows where is the title, the permalink, the image, the summary, etc. But your app really is on Facebook side.

    For you app to be able to connect or talk to your blog, you would have need to integrate the OpenGraph protocol on your blog. Maybe you did this by hand (coding directly into your WordPress files) or with the help of a plugin.

    And yes, I didn’t change anything to my app (no coding or programming). All I did –all those instructions I shared above are telling you to do– is to go ahead and jump to the new settings in advance (do the “migration”). You do that by “enabling” the changes which are planned for February 6th. If something breaks in your app (if something is not behaving as usual) than you can disable those change and start running around trying to fix it before February 6th: on that date, the change will be mandatory, i.e. force on you.

    If you curious about what’s changing, it’s here:
    https://developers.facebook.com/roadmap/#february-2013

    But really, I’m not a programmer and that’s way above my limited knowledge on this topic.

    The main thing is to make sure Facebook is still able to “talk” to your blog, that is to make sure OpenGraph is still configured properly. This is how I use it: when I publish a post, I share the URL on my blog’s Facebook Page. By inputing the URL, I tell Facebook to go a fetch information on my new post (on my WordPress website) in order to render a “snippet” of this post of my blog’s Facebook Page.

    I haven’t tested this yet, but if it work I will know that my app will work fine with the coming changes.

    Hope this clear things a bit. If anyone else has more information, please do share!

    P.

    Plugin Author Niall Kennedy

    (@niallkennedy)

    If you use mentions you’ll need to update to version 1.2, to be released shortly, to continue using mentions after February 6.

    The Facebook API will no longer allow posting to the Timeline of your friends after February 6. The plugin will instead use “mention tagging.”

    More information: GitHub repository issue 363

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