Integrating Facebook Connect in your job site is not rocket science

Posted By: Thomas Shaw, 1:08pm Monday 12 April 2010

Just over 12 months ago I wrote a blog post titled Integrating Facebook Connect with your Job Board on the pros of doing this. Since then, I have only seen a handful of job sites with Facebook Connect integration. Why? apparently it's too hard to do.

One of the most useful and powerful features of Facebook Connect is the ability to access a user's profile information as soon as they connect with your site. This can enable you to provide a much richer and personalised experience for the user without forcing them through multiple set-up screens.

Facebook claims that Once a user connects to your site or application, you are able to access and use information that the user has shared on their profile to provide a richer experience. In addition, you can access information about the user's friends and others on behalf of the user of your app - basically any information that is available to that user on Facebook can be used through the lens of your site or application.

You should use this information to immediately create a personalised and social experience. For example:
Integrating Facebook Connect is not rocket science. Yes, you need to understand programming to do so, but there is a wizard to help you through the process. Take this example I created last night - a total of 20 mins work and I am already half way there!

Once a user has authenticated with your application or website, you can use any of the Facebook APIs listed below to access data about the user that they have made available to applications. In addition, to provide a more social experience, you may access data for a userís friends to bring those friends into the experience.

You may also request permission from the user to access information from the userís stream to view information shared by the userís friends.

When accessing and using the user's data, it's important to keep a few things in mind