While users can opt out of having their @facebook.com address listed, the troubling part of the change is how Facebook went about implementing it. The social network didn’t as much as announce the change was coming or alert users once it happened.
Interesting things start to happen once you realize that many people have Facebook contact sync, meaning that the email addresses for all Facebook contacts in their phone’s contact list will be replaced with the one from @facebook.com.
Facebook are currently having major issues with their social API, which means that the Like buttons on many sites simply return an error.
References to connect_to_node_error.php
The page at (URL) could not be reached.
If you are using my plugin (or any means of showing the like button), there is a big chance that it will currently not work. The Facebook team is surely hard at work fixing this, and I will post an update here when things seem to be working again.
Sorry for delayed update. I wanted to let you know where we were.
We’ve been having trouble with outbound connectivity from the tier of machines that power the Like button. We’re still debugging this issue, but we’ve restarted the tier of machines a few times, and the situation does seem to be improving.
We have a number of people from our engineering and operations team continuing to work on the issue and hope to have a more definitive update shortly.
Sorry for the inconvenience here, and thanks for bearing with us.
-mike (Platform Engineering)
Update 2010-06-04 21:00
From Matt Trainer 2010-06-04 11:11:29
We’re reopening the bug to investigate the “Cannot be reached” bug. Thanks for the detailed repros.
For the international folks out there – we’ll look into extending the timeout, but the issues your sites are seeing are most likely linked to that issue and not the central issue of this bug.
A new version of WP Facebook Like, the WordPress plugin which integrates the Facebook Like button has been released!
The only new feature for this release is the ability to enter a Facebook Application ID, which enables the comment box, if you choose the XFBML version of the like button. More information on how to enable this feature can be found in the options panel of the plugin.
I have updated the WordPress Facebook Like plugin once again, now pushing the version to 1.0.3. The changes include:
Choose between the xfbml or iframe embedding method (xfbml is default)
Choose the button text
CSS class description
This basically means that if you have problems with the xfbml because of other plugins, you can try out the alternate “iframe” embedding method just by changing a setting in the options page. It is also now possible to alternate the text of the like button between “Like” and “Recommend”.
The button is wrapped around a div with the wpfblike class if you want to do custom positioning and styling.
Update: I pushed an emergency fix with version 1.0.4 containing a fix for Internet Explorer. Thanks to JAH for noticing.