Blog : January 2013
iReport + Facebook now better than ever »

It's no surprise that there's an overlap between Facebook users and the iReport community, which is why we're excited to bring you some great news: Our Facebook integration is about to get a whole lot better!


Starting today, you'll be able to connect your iReport and Facebook accounts in a way that will give you more control and make it easier to share your iReport posts (and your comments too!) on Facebook.


For some time iReporters have been able to connect their accounts so that a Facebook "wall post" was automatically created whenever they uploaded a new iReport. The post included the headline and link to their story, as seen below on the right.



Now, thanks to Facebook's Open Graph technology, you are able to seamlessly share high-quality images you upload to iReport on your Timeline whenever you post a new iReport. The Timeline post will also include the text of your story and a link to the iReport itself. All your shared iReport images and their accompanying stories will live in a special album that will be automatically created for you on Facebook.



But that's not all! In addition to iReport stories and photos, you are alse able to share your comments with Facebook friends, too.



These changes also offer increased control over shared posts. Users that opt-in to connect their Facebook and iReport accounts will now decide which comments and stories get shared, one by one. Checkboxes allowing the choice are now present on the comment and upload pages. Users who have never used the feature before will be prompted with a Facebook permissions dialog in order to connect their accounts.


A checked box means that the comment, or the story and images posted, will also be posted on Facebook. If the box is left unchecked, the post or comment will publish on iReport, but will not be shared on Facebook.


Here's how to get started:


1. Click on the "Post to Facebook" checkbox that now appears on the upload dialog and under the comment box in any iReport story.


* You can also connect and disconnect your accounts from your iReport profile page.


* If this is your first time connecting your iReport and Facebook accounts, you'll be presented with a permissions dialog. Click "Log in with Facebook" to connect your accounts. You may also be presented with a confirmation dialog: If you see your avatar and username, click "close".


2. Once the checkbox is marked and your upload form or comment is complete, click on the respective "Upload your story" or "Post comment" button.


3. Rejoice! Your Facebook post or comment will be shared on your Facebook Timeline with your friends.


Please note that we're still working on adding this new functionality to the iReport and CNN mobile apps. Stay tuned for more updates.


Got any comments or questions about new functionality? We're all ears! Let us know what you think in the comments.

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