July 01, 2011

Sharing Posts to Facebook

If you have a Facebook account, you can automatically share new public Typepad posts via Facebook Connect. Typepad allows you to select individual posts to share on Facebook or you can set new posts to be shared by default. This allows posts published via email, mobile applications, or QuickPost to be sent to Facebook without any extra steps.

Please note this article describes how to share posts to your Facebook Profile only. If you want to share posts on a Facebook Page, please see the share posts to a Facebook Fan or Business Page article.

Adding your Facebook Account

In Account > Other Accounts, select Facebook from the Add an account menu and click Add. If you are not logged into Facebook, you will be prompted to enter the email address and password associated with your account.

After logging in, Typepad will detect your user ID and present a menu where you can choose to enable Sharing and Display on Profile. To enable Facebook Connect, select Sharing and click Add Account. Choosing Display on Profile will add a link to your Facebook profile to your Typepad Profile.

If you are unable to connect to Facebook on the first attempt, the Facebook API is likely experiencing a problem preventing a connection. Please try to connect to Facebook again after clearing your browser's cookies and cache.

After adding your Facebook account to the Other Accounts page, you will see options to Edit or Delete the account. You can access these controls at any time to update your login details or enable/disable Sharing and the option to Display your Facebook link on your Typepad Profile. You can also Delete it completely.

Setting Blog Preferences

After adding Facebook to your Other Accounts, go to Settings > Sharing. If you would like to turn on Facebook sharing by default, select the Always share my posts option and Save Changes at the bottom of the page.

Enabling the "always share" option will allow Typepad to send all of your new posts to Facebook by default. This will include posts published via email, the iPhone application, and the Blog It bookmarklet.

If you'd like to turn Facebook sharing off on an individual basis for posts created inside of your Typepad account, there is an option to do so on the Compose page.

Sharing from the Compose screen

From the Compose screen, you can customize the message sent to your Facebook Wall.

When you check the box to share your post to Facebook, a text field will open that will allow you to add a custom message that is posted to your Facebook Wall, along with a thumbnail and excerpt from your post.

Does Typepad have access to my Facebook profile?

No. Typepad does not have access to your Facebook profile information, nor does Facebook receive any personal information about you from Typepad.

Why can't I share to my Facebook Page?

Facebook's connect feature does not allow you to connect to a Facebook Fan or Business Page. However, you can use your blog's feed to share your posts on a Facebook Page as described in the share posts to a Facebook Page article.


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