Facebook introduces Embedded Posts: A Twitter-like social plug-in


The Embedded Posts social plug-in lets users embed publishers’ posts on their websites and blogs using basic HTML embed code. Facebook released the plug-in hoping users will "inject Facebook into more public conversations."
In an effort to become more social, Facebook announced in a press release on Wednesday that users now have access to “Embedded Posts.” The plug-in allows Facebook users to embed posts into their website or blog, albeit in a limited fashion.
Extremely limited availability initially
Facebook released the Embedded Posts feature in the hopes that users will “inject Facebook into more public conversations,” reported Mashable.
Mashable just happens to be one of a very limited number of publishers that were given early access to embed privileges, says the report.
Users who wish to use the plug-in are extremely limited as to the posts they can publish to their blogs and websites. According to the Facebook announcement on its Developer Blog, users can pull posts from five Facebook Pages and profiles only, and the Embedded Posts page notes that:
“Embedded Posts is currently available to a handful of news publishers, with a broader rollout coming soon.”
The publishers from which users can embed posts include:
– CNN
– People
– Mashable
– Bleacher Report
– Huffington Post
The Embedded Posts plug-in only pulls posts that publishers made public, says the Facebook report. That means posts that publishers have marked "private," "friends," or "friends of friends," cannot be embedded, even though users may be able to read those posts on their own timelines, or on the publishers’ Facebook Pages.

Facebook explains that users can embed all content types including photos, videos, text, and link posts. After users embed that content into their websites or blogs, their visitors can then share and like the published posts from within their personal website or blog – without forcing readers to go to Facebook to do so, as so many other Facebook social plug-ins do.
To embed a post, users must first find a public post from one of the five publishers noted above. Determine if the post is public by clicking the globe at the bottom left of a post (see above image for example), above the "like," "comment," and "reply" icons. If it says, “Public,” the post is embeddable.
After finding a public post, click the drop down menu on the top right of the post and choose the option for, “embed post.” After clicking "Embed Post," the dialogue box will pop up with a code snippit 
Copy the code and then paste it into website code, keeping in mind that where the code is pasted will depend on the platform with which the website or blog was built.
As an example, WordPress users might paste the code snippit into a widget box that appears in the sidebar. Websites using drag and drop building options might paste the code into a text box and drop the box into the footer or sidebar.
Facebook's Twitteresque move
Facebook states that Embedded Posts allows users to:
“Make it possible for people to bring the most compelling, timely public posts from Facebook to the rest of the web.”
Facebook's move to offer the Embedded Posts plug-in comes only a month after the social media site released the option for users to add hashtags to posts just as Twitter users add hashtags to their Tweets, Digital Journal reported.
NDTV reports that the option to embed posts is "Twitteresque," as Twitter users already have the option to embed others' posts and content into their tweets.
Since Facebook is offering more and more options that Twitter offered its users first would seem to confirm that Facebook is moving to compete on a more direct level with Twitter.



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