Facebook Connect

Integrating with other websites is one area where social networks have a lot of potential. Social networks need to integrate easily with external websites, and get beyond the typical “walled garden” approach of a centralized social network.

A few years ago, Microsoft came out with an authentication service called Passport, a single sign on service for the Internet. Single sign on is nothing new, but Microsoft’s service was heavily criticized.

Now, Facebook provides a single sign on service called Facebook connect, and with the proliferation of Facebook, I think it has a lot of potential. Basically, instead of having a bunch of accounts at a variety of websites, you can just use your Facebook account.

Facebook connect fixes an old problem with blogs, having to create a login for every blog in order to comment. There is already a plugin for WordPress, and I recently installed it on my blog. Simply click the Facebook connect button on the top right corner, and you can comment on my blog with your Facebook account.

  • http://www.sociable.es Javier Reyes

    Thanks for using the plugin!

  • http://alexvalentine.org asv

    Thank you Javier, for taking the time to write the plugin, it works quite well!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=34308237 Matt Block

    I’m also looking to integrate Facebook Connect. I’m having a couple problems though. I think they may be theme specific. I just wanted to try it on your page. Thanks.
    Matthew Block

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=592745442 Flávio Gonçalves