21 Comments

  1. Jeffikus

    I think the only way this would thrive outside of Facebook updating the plugin is if it’s on a premium basis (paid for plugin) due to the number of updates you would need to make on a monthly basis. The Facebook API is not a fun beast to tame. But I think they should do the responsible thing and retire it properly.

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  2. Rick

    Ok,

    Am in a rush. Where is the plugin? I can talk to a few people here which that might be right up their alley. This one character who is a database guru++ (appears like he is from the 60’s woodstock!) might be right up his alley. He know the FB API frontwards and back I am told.

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  3. Sunil

    That’s disappointing. The facebook API is a difficult and constantly-morphing beast. Having ongoing support from facebook would have been good.

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  4. Morten Rand-Hendriksen

    That plugin was extremely finnicky and hard to set up. I’m not surprised they abandoned it.

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  5. Ryan Hellyer

    The Facebook APK is horrible IMO. I’d run as far away from that plugin as I possibly could.

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  6. Rick

    Do you mean the FB PHP SDK? or is the apk like an app kit?

    I’ve never messed around with it.

    I took a VERY cursory look at some API stuff from another site. Doesnt look that confounded to me. At least, no more than many others. In comparison to the Windows various API’s it looks simon simple from my cursory glance.

    Alot of webby stuff appears like it might be complicated but the lions share of complicated tends to be larger scale stuff. Like eBay, auctions are not really too complicated but due to numbers of scale and all the support function it becomes a monster. Like Amazon for example. Amazon categories are broken down to stores. Quite independent though share many data structures. Its due to scale. PrestaShop lets say trying to deal with just one Amazon category, handbags, would fold up shop in less than a second due to sessions hitting it. Enterprise applications are always distributed applications or they just cant handle load.

    But in all reality, the old Frogger game on your Playstation one is a more complex piece of software than whatall, Prestashop or Jooml’r. Something like iRacing online, THATS complex.

    Having not messed with facebook coding at all what exactly are WP features people would use?

    Like/Not obviously, posting to and from? Familiarize me with what capabilities WP’rs would want in a plugin / widgets and perhaps can get it done. Then on Friday when we meet at the pub-ski I can run it past em’. Dunno if he’d be interested, perhaps a “Buy him a beer” license as I’m sure he’d like that. LOL.

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    • Ryan Hellyer

      The Facebook PHP APK. It looks simple, but whenever I try to do something very specific with it, especially extremely simple things, life becomes a lot more complex than it should be. Also, things seem to change on a semi-regular basis, which makes most of the existing information obsolete.

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  7. Mr. Apkantra

    Personally, I never used that plugin and I would not care if Facebook abandons that.

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  8. Devin Walker

    This doesn’t surprise me… like many others pointed out Facebook’s API is a morphing beast. I don’t envy whoever takes this over (if anyone).

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  9. Rick

    All API’s morph. Its more a matter of respectable lead times. Amazon usually gives a decent lead time when changes are going to come about for example.

    I did speak with one of my pub friends (we usually meet Friday night and slosh down a few Sam Adams) earlier tonight who called me. He was both surprised and not at Facebooks lack of concern over WP installs. He’s an educator at our well known tech college.

    From a marketing standpoint it makes sense and from a technology standpoint it makes sense.

    They are going to get loads more activity through mobile devices since that is the burgeoning market at this point in time. With corporations such as Adobe, Amazon, Microsoft to name a few known entities working towards the drag, drop, configure, associate online publishing it favors Facebook, Twitter etc. to work towards whats coming .vs. whats been or what is.

    All these corporations are aggressive so when you see them make moves and NOT make moves its not just “well we had a thought or forgot about it”. Everything is studied quite intensive when it comes to markets. Facebook isnt ignoring an application that has 20% of installed webs unless they see the future as that dramatically changing.

    Ive said it before, I’d not be surprised in the least if an entity such as Microsoft leads the charge in porting WP to .NET or even buy the company. 20% of market share is a BIG jump start.

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    • Chris Christoff

      WordPress is an open source project. It can’t be bought. They could look at buying out Automattic to get WordPress.com but that seems unlikely.And a port to .NET doesn’t seem likely as well. Microsoft already uses WordPress as is. Why would they port it to .NET?

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  10. Paul Gibbs

    If you were relying on this plugin to connect your existing Facebook community to your WordPress, and you’re looking for other options now that Facebook’s plugin has been abandoned, why not move your community from Facebook onto your WordPress?

    BuddyPress helps you run any kind of social network on your WordPress, with member profiles, activity streams, user groups, messaging, and more. Get it from https://wordpress.org/plugins/buddypress/, and find support at https://buddypress.org/support.

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  11. Alec Kinnear

    I’d suggest people abandon Facebook comments. We offer pretty good cached support for Facebook likes and shares in our Pretty Social plugin which we’ve been offering to our own VIP customers (check http://juancole.com to see how it looks and works). Looks like it’s time to go public. Look for something in the WordPress repository very soon.

    In the meantime if you’d like bulletproof front end comment moderation after your move from Facebook comments, our Thoughtful Comments does the trick.

    Facebook and Google arrogance is totally out of control. Imagine abandoning Google+ and authorship after pushing it for so long.

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  12. Rick

    Any business entity who ignores facebook or website that ignores what facebook affords them is like saying, “Just ditch Google and Bing and Yahoo in searches”.

    Facebook affords a just enormous resource of users or potential customers to any website and its unique social nature allows for considerable “word of mouth” traffic. Jeannie likes “xxx website” and shares it with her 600 friends, 25 of them share it with theirs. Facebook is responsible for MANY a site getting from floppin around like a fish out of water to flying.

    Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Adobe, Oracle and more are aggressive corporations. In IT they HAVE to be especially now that the World is in competition for web real-estate. China’s Alibaba set off lots of flags in eCommerce for example. Now, Alibaba could literally buy Amazon and eBay with change left over. Last thing I read about them was they project by years end to be approaching Walmarts revenues, the #1 in revenue generation at 370 some odd billion annually.

    I am going to bring the subject up at Fridays get together with friends. One of our “Pubbies” whom is a recent acquaintance to me (last 6 months) is a DB Admin. But he knows the Facebook API upside and down.

    I guess if I can find the time I will look at the FB plugin and see what functionality is there.

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  13. Kip Klingman

    What I don’t understand is why does WordPress keep abandoned plugins available in its directory? That leads to a bloated repository leaving many unnecessary plugins to fumble through looking for the needle in the proverbial haystack for a good viable plugin.

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  14. chuck reynolds

    Yeah I’ve mentioned this a handful of times and working to get a new client off of it. I have a pull request on the plugin to update the SDK version but no replies at all on any pull requests other than from the FB dev bot. https://github.com/facebookarchive/wordpress/pull/538

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  15. David Decker (deckerweb)

    I don’t care for Facebook any longer, so the same about such plugins.

    For about 2 years already I no longer recommed Facebook to clients – and last year I cut my own FB biz page. Currently thinking about deleting my whole profile and account there.

    This whole FB thing never has done anything to my biz, it only costed time and nerves. Twitter has helped me much more for example :-)

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