Facebook Rolls Out Shared Activity Plugin For Apps

By David Cohen 

Facebook launched a new plugin Thursday that allows users of applications to manage their default privacy settings, as well as the settings for individual posts, directly via the apps, without having to return to the Facebook environment.

The social network pointed out that the new shared activity plugin also gives developers an easier way to implement the user controls that are required when they are adding open graph built-in like actions to their apps.

Facebook provided more details on the shared activity plugin in a post on its developer blog:

Today we are launching the shared activity plugin, which gives people a way to control the activity they share to Facebook directly from your Web app. The plugin provides a simple solution for implementing the user controls required when working with open graph built-in actions. From the plugin on sites such as Airbnb, people can set the default Facebook audience for activity shared from your app, or manage the settings for stories previously published to Facebook, including selecting an audience or removing it altogether.

The shared activity plugin lists a person’s activities published from your app to Facebook, including open graph activities, like button stories, and comment plugin activities. For example, when an individual uses a music app, she could modify the privacy settings, through the plugin, for specific song listening activities, without needing to go back to Facebook to control what’s shown. Similarly, if a person, through a travel app, likes a restaurant or reviews a hotel, and decides that these activities should only be viewable to a select group on friends on Facebook, he can control this within the plugin, as well.

This gives people another way to control their sharing on Facebook, in addition to the controls on Facebook in app settings, inline on timeline, and activity log. You should note, however that the plugin does not control privacy settings within your app, and should be considered complementary.

To get started, please see our documentation on the shared activity plugin.

Readers: Do you think the new shared activity plugin will make things easier for app developers and users?