Embed Facebook Posts: Bring Fresh News to Your Website and Blogs
Facebook is seriously trying to create a leading social site with a pack of features that would highlight its superiority in the social industry. It keeps throwing out features-after-features all designed to give users more control plus timely usage options. From the now popular hashtags, trending topics, verified profiles to the newest Embedded Posts, it seems the Facebook team are always on the drawing board drafting out and building new features to make their services better.
Facebook Embedded Posts is a feature that was previously available to launch partners when it was first announced in July, 2013. Today, it is now available for everyone and we can all take advantage of it to bring fresh news to our websites and blogs.
What Is Facebook Embedded Posts?
Facebook embedded posts is a social plugin with which you can add public Facebook posts to your blog or website. Embedded post will also show any media attached to it, including the number of likes, shares and comments it has received. Not only that, with embedded posts website and blog visitors will see the information as it is on facebook with the ability to follow or like the page directly from the embed.
Embedded Posts gives webmasters a smart option to bring important information, news, testimonials, comments and what not to their blog or site readers simply by copying and pasting a line of code in their site.
How to Embed Facebook Posts
Only public Facebook posts can be embedded. I suppose this is so posts and comments on private Facebook groups/pages and those ordinarily marked as “private” by the author can be protected. You can find out if a post is public by hovering over the audience selector. If the post is public, click on the “Embed Post” option from the drop down menu (you can also come to this point directly from the post by clicking on the icon by the top right of the post). A dialog box will pop up containing the embed code. Copy and paste this code on the place you want the post to appear on your web page.
If the post is too long, it will be truncated with a “see more” below it option. When viewers click on this option, the full post will then display on your web page.
Some Features to Note About Facebook Embedded Posts
If you embed a post and the author deletes it on Facebook or perhaps changes the audience selector on the post from public to private, it will no longer be available on your web page. Instead, your viewers will see a message notifying them that the page they requested is no longer available with reasons that it may have expired or its privacy settings may have changed.
Additionally, users can not currently customize how Embedded Posts are displayed on their web page. The post has fixed dimensions and will display exactly as shown on facebook.
Is Facebook Copying Twitter?
Well, it seems so! Most of the features Facebook added the last few months are already offered by twitter – which arguably stands as the social platform with the best tools to easily push out fresh news to the world. Facebook now have playbook, asymmetrical following (which they added in 2011), hashtags, trending topics, verified profiles and now the newest feature – Embedded Posts. It is however not surprising to see that twitter already has all of these features at offer. But to actually push its way to the top and lead the social media industry Facebook has to add the best social sharing features to their database. And these include those top-notch features already offered by its competitors.
In addition to this, Facebook is also trying to launch a news feed feature – a chronological display of real-time events news feed posts. Facebook’s real-time events news feed will be sorted by relevancy showing from the most recent to the oldest. Again, this is similar to twitter’s news feed.
With over a billion users, the Facebook team is trying really hard to keep their system trendy by providing the most relevant features and connecting and news sharing options. They have made a lot of changes in the past year alone. Perhaps one day we might wake up to a twitter-like facebook user interface.
Edited by Steven Papas