The blog post also explained how websites can show the wall of a Places page in a Place Like Box, shared details about upgrades to the Comments Box social plugin, and noted that Applications Insights will no longer show data about users adding bookmarks.
Websites using the Like Box social plugin to offer an easy way for visitors to Like their Facebook Places page can now select to show the Place’s wall rather than a stream of checkins.
By setting the
force_wall attribute to true, a Place Like Box will show the Place’s wall. Otherwise, a Place Like Box defaults to show checkins by a viewer’s friends. This will allow websites to show compelling content in the Like Box to users whose friends haven’t checked into the Place before.
Last September, Facebook changed its applications bookmark system such that a user’s bookmarks automatically rise above and fall below the bookmark fold depending on how often an app is used.
Users no longer manually create bookmarks, however, data about how many users created a bookmark to an app still appeared in the Users tab of Application Insights. Facebook has now removed this data from Application Insights to tidy up the interface and reports.
This past week, Facebook officially announced the release of two new features for the Comments Box plugin: Boost Comment, and sort preference. The Platform Update provides some additional details about these features.
The “Social Ranking” sorting preference displays comments “from friends, friends of friends, and the most liked or active discussion threads.” Users that aren’t logged in will first see comments boosted by a site’s admin. If they are logged in, they’ll see comments by friends first, followed by boosted comments.
In January, Facebook released a new access control module for applications, allowing developers to add people as administrators, developers, testers, or Insights users of their apps.
The blog post includes a reminder that developers can add people that aren’t their Facebook friends by typing an email address into the inviter. This streamlines the role assignment process and relieves developers from having to add coworkers as friends.