With our basic Facebook App, we've allowed users to update their Facebook status message whenever they post a public photo on Rotzy. I've used this a lot, and it's been helpful in sharing my photos with friends who might not have an iPhone, or who might not be on Rotzy (I pity them in either case!).
But a status message is just text, and words can only go so far... Starting today, we're rolling out our beta implementation of Facebook Connect. By going to your account settings and stepping through the instructions, you can now post stories to your wall and your friends' news feeds! These stories will include your caption and a thumbnail sized image, as well as a link straight to the Rotzy photo page.
The steps on the account page are brief, so here's a full walk-through of what you need to do:
1) Head to your account page, and click on the 'Connect' button. If you're already signed onto Facebook, just click Connect again. Otherwise, enter your username and password to get started.
2) Next, since we need to post these stories even when you aren't logged into Facebook (when you're uploading from your iPhone), we need offline access. Click 'Grant Offline Access', and then confirm again when the Facebook prompt pops up.
you should then see:
3) Lastly, to make sure your stories make it to the feed, we need explicit permissions to post full sized stories without prompting. To allow this, head to your Facebook Application Settings, and under Rotzy.com, click on 'Edit Settings'. When the pop-up appears, select the radio button titled "Allow Rotzy.com to publish specific story sizes automatically without prompting.", and also select "Full". Click 'Okay' and you're all set!
4) It definitely takes a lot of steps to get it started working, but so far this is as smooth as we can get it given the way Facebook Connect works. If you've made it thus far, and you've set your Rotzy settings on your iPhone to "Post to Facebook", then the next public photo you post should produce a news story like the first image above. As a side note, if you've got both news stories (via Connect) and status messages (via the original app) set up, the news stories will take precedence, so don't worry about double posting!
Please give it a try and let us know how it works!
The Rotzy Team