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0.38D Facebook Comments

Don’t get your hopes up WordPress users. I have not fixed the Facebook Comments plugin. I’ve received countless comments and emails regarding the plugin so I decided the best I could do for now is to aid the community by passing out more of the work I have performed in order to get this plugin working.

Currently, the plugin pulls back information from Facebook for the Notes comments, but the values stored in the WordPress database are not correct because of the regular expressions used and Facebook’s constant HTML updates.

However, I have added a feature so that you can see what the plugin does return in order to give a way of visually testing the plugin without harming your WordPress database. Hopefully someone else can take a look at the plugin, much like I did originally, and offer a solution. Keep the community updated on changes and fixes and perhaps we can get this plugin going again. If you find fixes, I’ll add them here or update with links to your own site.

Change Log;

  • 0.38D – July 30, 2009 – Let’s term this version as D for Development. It’s far from working that it isn’t good enough for a Beta or Alpha label for now. Utilizing the “Test Import” function one can see what the plugin returns from Facebook.

Update for April 30, 2010: I have decided to end all development and future development related to this plugin. The reasoning for this change can be found here. I have closed the ability to post comments to this post and hope any further comments will be directed at my reasoning post.

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Andrew Casad Says:
August 14th, 2009 at 7:24 am

Mine still just hangs at Testing comments plugin…
Any thoughts?

Ben Says:
August 14th, 2009 at 7:01 pm

It works for me, but it seems that Facebook has changed their HTML code….yet again.

Phil Spencer Says:
September 13th, 2009 at 9:11 am

I find this just immediately goes back to the preferences page without doing anything. I do have CURL installed. Oh well

bcarter Says:
September 15th, 2009 at 9:29 am

This doesn’t seem to be working.
Any news on an update?

Phil Spencer Says:
September 15th, 2009 at 12:26 pm

I found Facebook makes it brutally hard to get a bot into its main site in recent weeks but what I have managed to do was get one into the mobile site http://m.facebook.com very very easily. Maybe this project would have better luck that going in that way.

Phil Spencer Says:
September 20th, 2009 at 6:53 pm

I just wrote a successful notes comment scraper through the mobile website and I didn’t use messy old regexp to do it.

Jorge Fusaro Says:
September 21st, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Great application and thanks for the work you are putting into this! It will be great to see it working 🙂 Please email/let us know when you get it going!


Phil Spencer Says:
September 24th, 2009 at 11:19 pm

Five days later I would like to report that all of my Facebook notes comments now reside in my WordPress database.

There is still the possibility that this would set anyone else’s blog on fire. Daredevils wanted.

Collin Li Says:
September 26th, 2009 at 7:31 pm

I’d love to get my hands on this working plugin!

Let me know when you (OP, Phil, or anyone) can, I’d love to promote your plugin for you!

nick ward Says:
October 19th, 2009 at 9:00 am

How is this project going? It is such a great plug in, it is really too bad Facebook is not properly supporting this right not.

Michael Says:
December 14th, 2009 at 5:11 pm

It is very odd

All I get is that msg
Manually importing comments…

And then it does nothing

Any thoughts?

Lindsay Says:
February 17th, 2010 at 7:27 pm

Has anyone found (or created…) any updates?

I would love to use this plugin.