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IP.Board 3 Facebook Connect

IP.Board will now support a basic implementation of Facebook Connect as an option for logging into IP.Board and associating their account with the same login as their Facebook account. This feature will be off by default and can be optionally enabled by the administrator. We will have a technical specifications draft available in our knowledgebase upon release for those who care, but the basics are as follows:

  1. You must first register an "application" on Facebook's website pointing to the integration file included with IP.Board 3. You then must enter some basic keys that Facebook provides in your ACP.
  2. Users will have the ability to use Facebook Connect to login to your site. They will also have the ability to either associate their Facebook account with an existing IP.Board account, or create a new IP.Board account.
  3. Basic profile data such as avatar, profile picture, "About Me", and status will be synced to IP.Board from Facebook

We have purposely kept the complexity of the various syncing options available through Facebook Connect to a minimum. We have many ideas on how we would like to expand the capabilities in the future, but we wanted to keep this integration basic for the time being.

Facebook Connect support will be available with the second beta release of IP.Board, and will be available on the preview site to test with beginning Monday.

We hope you enjoy!

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Sounds great. Im not sure if I will use this feature but its always nice to have some extra goodies :)

A question: If I want to associate my admin account with a Facebook account would that cause any problems for me?

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[quote name='simon2' date='Jan 10 2009, 03:58 AM']A question: If I want to associate my admin account with a Facebook account would that cause any problems for me?

From how I understand it, no, when you associate your Facebook account nothing will change on your IPB account (only that when you hit the Facebook login button you will be logged into that account) - you will still be able to log into the Admin CP using your E-Mail and password as normal.
When I spoke to Matt the other day he said that there would not be a Facebook connect button on the Admin CP login: this might have changed since then, but from what I gather by Matt's explanation, you just log in with your IPB accounts E-Mail and password on the Admin CP.


I'm sure it will all make sense when beta 2 is released :)

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Nobody paid us to add the integration. :blink:

It was a requested feature and we felt it might benefit our users. Facebook has a robust API system to facilitate sharing of authentication, so we've added it. I have no idea what "LJ" is exactly...

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[quote name='Aleks' date='Jan 12 2009, 12:03 PM']Gee!!!! IPS - Awsome!!!!
How will the facebook benefit MY forum???

Facebook has alot of members and unless you have a closed board with no intention of letting anyone in chances are that one or more potential members will use the feature instead of the old registration process because its much faster and easier. Those that have added Facebook Connect to their applications (blogs for example) have reported much higher registration rate and activity after adding this option.

See it as an additional login option, just like OpenID.

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[quote name='Aleks' date='Jan 12 2009, 12:05 PM']Cn you do the same for LJ or they did not pay enough to you IPS????

[quote name='acnethai' date='Jan 11 2009, 03:26 PM']Waaaa. All of my country use only Hi5. :'(
but thanks for it.

Does LiveJournal and/ or Hi5 have an API? If so it should be possible to create a loginmodule like Facebook Connect as a mod at least.
Don't give up hope ;)

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