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Beta Test: Help Us Test Facebook Connect

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, December 18, 2008, at 10:50AM
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I just rolled out a new feature on blogdowntown, and I need your help testing it out. As of just a few minutes ago, you can now log in to blogdowntown using your Facebook account and share your comments with your social network. It's a cool concept, and one that I want to expand on going forward.

A few weeks ago, Facebook opened up a new program called Facebook Connect. It's a way for sites to allow you to log in using your Facebook account and then share some of your actions from the site to your social network.

To check out blogdowntown's implementation, look for the "Connect with Facebook" icon in the comment form, next to where you would normally fill in your name, email, etc. When you click on it, a popup will appear that allows you to log in to Facebook. Once you're logged in, you'll see your name and profile picture show up on comments that you leave here.

When you leave a comment, you'll also get the chance to publish your comment to Facebook. It's a cool way to let those in your network know what you're up to around the net.

If you already have a blogdowntown user account, I can link the accounts for you. Log out of your existing account, and use the Connect button to create a linked one. Then drop me an email giving me a heads-up.

I'm only mostly convinced that the code's all working correctly, so also let me know about any errors you run into.

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