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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

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

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

How to Link to Your Facebook Tab App

There is a seemingly simple,  yet very controversial question that we frequently have to deal with: “What’s the best way to link our tab app in Facebook News Feed? What about mobile users?” It’s in the nature of the web that there is always more than one way to achieve something. So, in this quick

Update: Facebook Ad Image Compliance Tool for 20%-Text-Rule

[tl;dr] In December Facebook announced more strict requirements for Pages’ cover-photos and photos in sponsored stories, essentially limiting the amount of text-overlay in these assets to 20% max. Since these requirements are going into effect today (Jan 15th 2013), here’s an update on the new rules and how they’ll be enforced!

Why Web Developers Should Start Forgetting About IE

As we all know there’s a big problem with older versions of Internet Explorer: They just render HTML/CSS-code wrong differently than state-of-the-art browsers. Luckily, things have changed: recent releases of IE (9 and especially 10) are really good browsers. There’s almost no need to optimize stuff for them any longer. Your code just works. But the overall cost of

The Truth About Mobile Usage of Facebook Apps

I met them all: clients ignoring mobile, clients loving mobile (but don’t want to pay for it) and the rare ones: clients knowing deeply about the need to go mobile and willing to pay for the extra steps. In this blog post I will show you, why and when it’s really important for you to

Facebook Policy Introduces 20%-Text-Rule for Cover- & Sponsored Photos

[tl;dr] Starting Jan 5th 2013, certain types of photos and images on Facebook platform will be restricted as to the amount of text they may include (“text overlay”). These rules append according to the context in which images are published: Photo-postings on Facebook-pages which are subject to promoted stories may not contain more than 20%