Facebook changes everyone’s listed emails to @facebook.com

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.

Problems with the Facebook Like API

Facebook are currently having major issues with their social API, which means that the Like buttons on many sites simply return an error.

Symptoms include:

  • 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.

Update 2010-06-02 02:45

from Mike Vernal <mvernal@f> 2010-06-01 17:16:47

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

Hey all,

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.

Diaspora — The Open Facebook Alternative

Diaspora is going to be an open Facebook alternative. Things coming in the first sprint:

  • Full-fledged communications between Seeds (Diaspora instances)
  • End to end GPG
  • External Service Scraping of most major services (reclaim your data)
  • Version 1 of Diaspora’s API with documentation
  • Public GitHub repository of all Diaspora code

It will be very interesting to see what they will make of this.

Facebook Like plugin for WordPress updated

My Facebook Like plugin for WordPress has just been updated to version 1.3.6, and includes the following changes since 1.3.1:

  • Added support for entering a custom CSS style.
  • Added support for passing custom arguments from the template tag.
  • Added an option to use the default Facebook height. Just leave the height option blank in the settings for this to take effect.
  • Added support for entering a custom height for the like button, which can be used to trim excess whitespace after the button.

Contact me if you have any suggestions or bug reports.

WP Facebook Like 1.3.1 released

Version 1.3.1 of WP Facebook Like, the WordPress plugin for easily integrating the Facebook Like button with your site, is now out! Changes include:

  • Added support for disabling the automatic inclusion of the Facebook Javascript SDK.
  • Added full Facebook language support.
  • Added support for Facebook Open Graph.

You can now get the button in Pirate English, Upside Down English and Klingon in addition to all the “normal” languages.

    WP Facebook Like 1.2.0 released

    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.

    WP Facebook Like 1.1.0 released

    A new version of WP Facebook Like, the WordPress plugin to integrate the Facebook “Like” button with your blog has been released. This is a feature release and changes include:

    • Added option to choose permalink type. Good if you want the button outside the WordPress loop
    • Added help text to all settings on the options page to make it easier to know what to do
    • Added support for internationalization. To contribute a translation, contact me at the the plugin website.
    • Added option to choose to only show the like button on single posts.
    • Fixed Removed double URL encoding
    New Options page

    New Options page

    As always, contact me if you encounter any issues or want to request a feature.

    The Facebook Like plugin updated with new options

    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.