Bypassing Default Share Format in Facebook Fan Page Tabs

If you’ve ever tried to use the native Facebook share functionality to share a specific tab on a Facebook fan page, you’ve realized that Facebook handles page tabs differently than external content, overriding the IFRAME tab’s Open Graph meta data with content from the fan page itself.

Getting Like Count on a Facebook Fan Page Using the PHP SDK & FQL

I’m working on a project that will end up being age-gated because of graphic content. (No, not porn, unfortunately, but a blood and gore video game is almost as good.) It’s also like-gated, so we needed to fetch the number of people who liked the page, so that certain content would be unlocked when the…

App tabs disappearing in HTTPS-Only mode

You may have heard the buzz a little while back about how Facebook now allows users to select “HTTPS-Only” mode which forced Facebook to run over SSL. This is good news for users, but has a pretty big impact on developers, some of which I mentioned here. We knew that users would see a warning…

Facebook Places Bonks Fan Page Layout

If you have a business fan page on Facebook and have been considering hopping on the Facebook Places bandwagon, there’s something you should know. Associating your fan page to a “place” will completely change the layout of your fan page.

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.

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…

Using SSL in a Facebook Application Tab

In short – you can’t. Or at least not if you want to be PCI compliant. In order to pass a user’s personal information through a secure encrypted channel, you will need to collect that data on an IFRAME application page. No two ways about it. Here’s why: