After playing with the iFrame version of the Facebook
SDKversion gave me in terms of extra functionality or control.
In other words, why would I ever use it over the iframe version
which is super-simple?
Get it Into Your Template
I found a great tutorial from HyperArts Web Design that goes
installed into your WordPress theme: "
How to Add Facebook's Like Button & Social Plugins to Your Web
Pages & WordPress Posts".
They go through the entire process of creating a Facebook
Application, The extra
Open Graph meta tags that you need in your template, and the
html/script to add into your post and page templates.
This is an awesome tutorial, so no need for me to re-invent the
wheel. Go check it out. Especially if you are using WordPress
(although others can glean enough to use it on their own web
sites/blogs). If you prefer to simply install a WordPress plug-in
and you're up to the latest version of WP, then check out this as
WordPress Facebook Social Plugins List.
#1: The ability to add a comment to a "Like" or
"Recommend" click on a post. This will post a new item to
the wall of the person who liked it which is much more visible than
the smaller "Like" text on their profile.
(Try this out on this post at the bottom of this post above the
Here's what it looks like on my profile:
And in the News Feed (note the regular "Likes" aren't
#2: The ability to add targeted meta tags. The
Graph meta tags include detailed location and contact
information. I'm not sure exactly how that's used at this point,
but I'm guessing that it will allow Facebook and others to make
more targeted recommendations to people in your social graph.
Location is a big factor in that.
#3: Admin access to the "Liked" page and the
fans. Not totally sure what I think of this yet, and its
super confusing to see liked pages mixed in with your Fan Pages
initially. For better or worse you get a mini "like page"
admin area to see who is liking your stuff. It has a wall, so
I'm guessing you can update fans of the page in their news
stream. Not sure as it didn't seem to work for me.
However, I'm an admin so they may filter it out for me.
New pages in "Ads and Pages" area:
The new "Like" page:
#4: More control over styling. The iframe is,
well, an iframe. The FBML method gives you more control over
the height of the widgit and the general styling of the text,
That's all I've found so far. Was it worth it? I
think so if for nothing else the comment feature. That
increases visibility and is pretty nice. And it didn't take
to long to implement so if you have an extra 30 minutes to an hour
and want this, I'd say go for it. Or get your web developer
to do it.