The Zen of Social Media Engagement is Here

Joomla Open GraphRemember last month when we told you how our new version JFBConnect, the premier Joomla Facebook extension for Joomla, would support Facebook Open Graph Actions? Remember how excited you were? How you imagined how much traction your Joomla site would get, if only those crazy SourceCoast folks would finally release their new product? Well, it’s here. And it’s awesome. Your Facebook efforts are about to get easier and more powerful. Open Graph Actions can be implemented on your site today. No more waiting. No more hoping your users will share your stuff. JFBConnect eases people into action. Call it a bit passive aggressive. Or call it smart. Set it up and watch as your website gets the kind of promotion it deserves.

How will JFBConnect help my Joomla site gain Facebook exposure?

Your site design grabs the eye. Your content intrigues. Your users should share your stuff. But they don’t always. Maybe they get excited and click on your next page. Maybe they just forget to share. Maybe they don’t know how to share. Now, Open Graph Actions shares it for them. Once they login with Facebook, JFBConnect kicks in and describes your page to Facebook using Open Graph tags and then pushes their actions to their Facebook Timeline.

Watch the short video below. It starts by showing the power of Facebook's Open Graph Actions on your Joomla site, and quickly shows how easy it is to setup.


How easy is it to set up?

We said zen. And we mean it. Unlike most efforts to increase your social media presence, JFBConnect is simple. This four minute video takes you through the basics uses and the initial setup. Once you get it going, you may decide to tweak the setting here or there. But Open Graph Actions are like the conveyor belt of social media marketing. Once you set it up, it will automatically pass your info on down the line with no extra effort on your part. And JFBConnect monitors what your users are passing along from Joomla to Facebook and when. So, you can see what areas of your site are reaping the most social media benefits using the Activity Log area.

Facebook Open Graph Activity Log

How soon can I start monitoring the effects of JFBConnect?

Ummmm…About fifteen minutes from right now. Is that soon enough? Ok, you may not have anyone login in that time. But you can have the intial setup done in that time. The video is four minutes. And we’ll give you five minutes to putz around, drink a few sips of coffee, and log in.

What about Joomla 1.5 and Joomla 3.0?

We're planning to release the Open Graph Actions compatible version of JFBConnect for Joomla 1.5 by the middle of December. The Joomla 3.0 compatible version will be released in January.

How do I start?

If you already have an active subscription to JFBConnect, simply go to your My Downloads area and get it now or automatically update from the JFBConnect Overview section in the admin area of your site. If you don't have a subscription, go ahead and get one now. You can be up and running today!

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Alex Andreae

Alex co-founded SourceCoast Web Development in 2008. Based in sunny Florida, SourceCoast develops extensions for integrating your Joomla powered website with popular social networks. He has spoken at more than a dozen Joomla User Groups and Joomla Days, including the Joomla World Conference in both 2012 and 2013. Topics have included social networking for Joomla, running a business around Joomla extensions, and Joomla development.

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