facebook connect for web startups design guide


facebook connect for web startups design guide

 

Facebook Connect: A Feature Walkthrough An overview of what you can do with Facebook Connect and examples of good implementations. The Facebook Platform Team Facebook Connect allows you to bring a more social experience to your website. This guide talks about Facebook Connect?s different features and gives examples of great Facebook Connect implementations from across the Web. Authenticate using Facebook Connect Build your site from the ground up using Facebook Connect as your authentication system. By using Facebook Connect you get access to over 250 million authentic users. Extend Facebook Connect to gather other pieces of information that would be useful for your company (such as email address, personal preferences etc). Frintro.com is an example of a company that uses Facebook Connect as its login system, but also asks for additional information. Use Connect as a complement to your existing registration system. Companies like JibJab.com allow both methods of login. By leveraging Facebook Connect?s trusted brand you give yourself access to wide pool of users. Learn how to add connect to your blog. Connect Authentication: JibJab JibJab.com is a site that shares original content ? its mission is ?to help more people share more laughs than any other company in the history of the world". JibJab?s main page gives users the option on the top right to log in with Facebook Connect. Facebook Connect: Design Ideas| 2 When a user clicks the ?Login? or ?Login with Facebook? button, JibJab displays the dialog below. JibJab uses two registration systems as seen below. Once a user clicks ?Connect with Facebook? the following Facebook Connect dialog (generated by Facebook) appears. Facebook Connect: Design Ideas| 3 Once a user completes the above, JibJab shows the user as logged in, in the top right of the page. Facebook Connect: Design Ideas| 4 Connect Authentication: Frintro Frintro is a new dating site that uses Facebook Connect exclusively for its login. Users connect by clicking the button on the left side of the intro page. Facebook Connect: Design Ideas| 5 After accepting the ?Connect with Facebook? dialog, Frintro asks the user for some more customized information. Facebook Connect: Design Ideas| 6 Use Facebook Connect to increase site traffic and engagement Facebook Connect offers several powerful and simple ways to make your site more social. By increasing the social aspects of your site you can increase traffic and engagement at your site. Two quick ways to implement sharing and engagement on your site are below ? Learn how to quickly implement comments on your site ? Learn how to share comments to your users' Feed In addition to the above you can also do the following: Publish stories to a user's News Feed based on a user's actions. This creates more virality for your content. Add a Share button to your content and allow users to share your content with their friends Allow users to invite their friends to your site Allow users to interact with their friends on your site Send your users reminders, updates, and notifications around content and things to do on your site Sharing your content: PopCap Games PopCap games is a popular gaming site that publishes bestsellers such as Zuma and Bejeweled. When a user plays Zuma, PopCap uses Facebook Connect to publish the user's game scores and to the user's News Feed in Facebook. Facebook Connect: Design Ideas| 7 Facebook Connect: Design Ideas| 8 Sharing your content: RunThere.com RunThere.com allows a similar way for users to publish and track runs. A user can log runs at RunThere and then publish it to News Feed. Facebook Connect: Design Ideas| 9 Tune your site to your user based on his or her information Facebook Connect also provides you great opportunities to customize your site based on your user?s information. Use user information such as location and picture to tune your site to your user. Find out who your user's friends are and give your user a more social experience around a friend?s activity. Some further ideas you may want to consider: Provide location and network based content or suggestions to your users Provide friend information and suggestions to your users based on activity on your site Access your user?s photos for further customization As you pull more data from Facebook, be sure to design for latency. Sometimes accessing photos or information can take some time so you may want to consider caching the information. More information on caching policies can be found here. Facebook Connect: Design Ideas| 10 Customizing your site: Lala.com Lala.com, a music sharing site, provides friend information on their site to bring a more social and customized experience for their users. These are just some of the great features that you can integrate with Facebook Connect. Want to learn more? Make sure you read the documents in the download on business reasons to adopt Facebook Connect and on how to rapidly prototype Facebook Connect. Facebook Connect: Design Ideas| 11

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