LifeHack: Pay Facebook to serve Facebook ads to Facebook devs to fix Facebook bugs

We all know the situation: You find a bug on Facebook. You submit a bug report with the bug tracker. You’re looking forward to an answer. You’re not receiving an answer (in a satisfyingly short amount of time). So, why not hack the ecosystem and improve reaction times? It’s been a really long time since […]

New Open Graph Tags for Publisher & Author

A quick one for the morning – as announced on the Facebook Developer Blog today, Facebook has updated & extended support for the author- & publisher Open Graph-tags. These tags allow blogs or news-websites to link an article to the Facebook profiles of both the author (=personal profile) and the publisher (=page). Usage is pretty […]

Open Graph Sponsored Stories – Laser-Focused Ad-Targetting for Facebook Apps and Content

[tl/dr] (Mobile) App Install Ads and Sponsored Stories for Domains are the most widespread ways for advertising apps or content-heavy web sites on Facebook right now. These types of ads make it possible to promote likes, shares and app installations in an efficient manner, but is this really all? Since the introduction of Open Graph […]

How to Fix the IE9 Image Onload Bug

IE9 has an annoying bug that prevents the onload event from firing for cached images. Here's how to fix that in one line of code, without any of the usual drawbacks.

5 Steps to Dramatically increase the Security of Your Facebook Development Setup

Beside the fact that every serious web developer should take some time to protect their app against attacks like XSS and SQL injections, many developers forget about protecting the app on Facebook and their own Facebook profile as well. In this quick tutorial I will show you 5 easy steps to increase the security of […]

Shift in Paradigm: Facebook Now Hosting Your Open Graph Objects

A guest contribution by Klaus Breyer Up to now it’s been mandatory for each Open Graph Object to refer to a corresponding URL/webpage containing the actual Open Graph metatags which manifest the object and its attributes. Open Graph is threading the infinite depths of the web with its’ meta tags, spanning a semantic web unprecedentedly […]

Open Graph Apps for the Masses? An Overview of Recent Changes.

In January 2012 Open Graph, an interface that enables deeper integration of proprietary apps and websites with the Facebook Graph, was launched and publicly activated. Since then a lot of aspects of this software have been overhauled, some features were enhanced, some completely canceled. Despite initial scepticism — there was apprehension concerning extensive additional efforts for […]

Hacking Google+ Part 3: Interactive Posts

This posting was inspired by gpluscamp, a Google+-focussed barcamp happening today in Essen, Germany. Since I am not able to attend personally, I thought I might at least contribute this way… :) Have fun at #gpluscamp! After integrating your web-app with the  Google+ Sign-In Button  and fetching circles & profiles for the Friend Selector, it’s finally […]

Hacking Google+ Part 2: Building a Friend Selector

So you have followed my first tutorial and have successfully connected your web-app to Google+ with the Sign-In Button and are now ready to offer your users a truly social experience – well done, but what’s next?! In this short tutorial I’ll show you how to implement one of the key-patterns most social web-apps will […]

Hacking Google+ Part 1: The Sign-In Button

Ever since Google+ was released in summer 2011, social web developers have been begging for API access to Google’s latest foray into social. But besides some widgets and the Hangout API, we were basically left on our own. Promising APIs like Google+ History  remained in developer preview, and Canvas integration is available to few exclusive […]