Breaking Facebook's Share Cache

If you’ve used Facebook’s share functionality on an external website, you have probably by now figured out that the first time Facebook accesses the shared link, it generates a cache of the preview image and the copy. Here are a few tips to break the cache.

Facebook New Application Tool Facacta

This is just a quickie, and no code involved. A friend of mine on Twitter asked me a question tonight that I realized I should probably mention here. She was running into an error creating a new Facebook application, and couldn’t figure out how to move forward.

Showing Certain Content to Fans, Other Content to Non-Fans

The ability to use the fan/no-fan tags in FBML has been around for a while, but the way it’s set up has been clunky to make look nice. If content is meant to be shown only to fans, non-fans will see an empty box where that fan-only content will appear.

Using JW Player in FBML to Bypass YouTube Video Ads

In a previous post, I showed you how to embed YouTube videos in FBML using or . That solution is easy, but pulling in YouTube videos this way often means your video ends with a series of Google ads – not good, when you’re working on a corporate page or app, and those ads might…

CSS for Custom Share Button in FBML

The FBML code to add a share button to an FBML is pretty straightforward, but if you want to use a custom image as the share button, it can be a little trickier to track down. Somewhere along the line, Facebook changed the CSS class that handled this button, so old CSS overrides on the…

Clear Default Form Input Value on Click Using FBJS

It’s often considered good usability to include default text in a form text input field, however if you don’t go the extra step to clear the form when the user clicks into the field to begin typing, you force them to first delete your default text before entering their own values.