This month, we have a good share of news. At first glance, we see a convergence of several technologic trends, from Facebook Open Graph tags improvements to Web and Push Notifications on mobile apps for Joomla!.

AutoTweet and Joocial 8.15 are here!!

Updates on AutoTweet and Joocial

AutoTweet, Joocial 8.15 are here!

AutoTweet and Joocial 8.15 are coming with several brand new features and improvements:

  • NEW: Joocial - Facebook OpenGraph Tags - Smart Generator - Improvements for Composer posts
  • NEW: Joocial - Global Automatic Publishing Agenda
  • NEW: Joocial - EasySocial channel. Support for Groups and Pages
  • NEW: Compatibility review for EasyArticles - EasyArticles is a front end Joomla article management extension for authors on your site.
  • NEW: Joomla Event Manager plugin (8.14.0) - JEM is a free Event Management Component for Joomla
  • NEW: Compatibility review for Joomla 3.8.0
  • NEW: Compatibility review for Facebook Graph API v2.4 end of lifetime
  • Enhancement: Joocial - Web Push Notifications - Button Translation Constants
  • Enhancement: Joocial - Pushwoosh Push Notifications for JoomGap SlimApps - Improvements 

SlimApps for DJ-Classifieds and EasySocial

SlimApp for DJClassifieds

This month, we have released SlimApps for DJ-Classifieds and EasySocial. SlimApps are our consulting projects where we combine a mobile app with a CMS to build a seamless integration. Working hand in hand with our clients and partners, we are ready to release two new SlimApps to the public. These apps show how a convergence between mobile apps and CMSs is happening right now to empower a new technology wave of innovation. For more information, please, visit this link.

 

To the moon! 

Facebook has recently implemented a change in the rules that follows to create Posts. As a consequence, many users are being affected worldwide, and the impact is still generating questions. Since the change affects the whole ecosystem of tools and solutions associated with Facebook, a new wave of extension updates and news is arriving to incorporate the new definitions.

Facebook changes on post publishing rules

Particularly, we have just released Joocial, AutoTweetNG PRO and AutoTweet Free 8.14 incorporating enhancements to the current family of components, modules and plugins. Please, remember to update as soon as possible.

What Changed

On July 18th, 2017, Facebook changed the rules of how the complementary information of a link is retrieved to compose a Post.

In the past, a post published by a site or service could be fully defined via Facebook API. The Facebook API could include all values for picture, name, caption, thumbnail and description fields.

After the change of rules, the complementary information of a link is loaded from the page, and the values submitted with the Facebook API are ignored.

This change has already been reported as a bug. For more information: On sharing a URL the picture, name, caption, thumbnail and description set manually is ignored developers.facebook.com/bugs/165375244006359/. We are monitoring if Facebook "fixes" this definition since many developers (14) are reporting this change as a bug. At this point, Facebook has closed all bugs, and the new definition is final.

Facebook post has no image

As an immediate consequence, many posts are being published with no image or a blank rectangle. To solve the issue, Open Graph tags must be implemented on the site, for every content item.

In the past, Open Graph tags were a good practice to adopt and describe the published information. These hidden tags help to enrich the posts manually shared by users. Right now, it's the only way to provide the right fields to Facebook. To confirm how Facebook reads your pages: Testing Your Markup

Next Steps

If your site is publishing posts with missing fields or a wrong image, please, check the following FAQs. We have updated them to reflect the change, and detailed what steps must be taken to solve the issue:

Finally, we have just released Joocial, AutoTweetNG PRO and AutoTweet Free 8.14 incorporating enhancements to the current family of components, modules and plugins. Please, remember to update as soon as possible.

Reference: Facebook - A Guide to Sharing for Webmasters

Today, we have just released AutoTweet and Joocial 8.12.0. This new version of Joocial completes our implementation of Web Push and Push Notifications. To check full changelog, please, visit this link.

  • Web Push notifications were included in the previous version. However, this new version brings featured enhancements, such us support for Pushwoosh web push with images.

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  • The full scope of possible notification types:

Web Push and Push Notifications for mobile apps are here!

Additionally, we have also release Joocial 9 CLI Alpha 3, including the same features to keep "feature parity" with the stable version. The Alpha 3 is coming with the full web service (secured with JWT) that will empower the future client integration.

Finally, remember to take advantage of the hottest sale of the Summer. Save 25% on our subscriptions and renewals. SUMMER SALE! --- 25% OFF --- Coupon SUMMER17

To the moon!

 

Summer News & Topics

In our notes, we have a whole load of exciting news that is coming in the second half of 2017. For all of these reasons, this is the right time to upgrade.

  • Facebook for Developers - Upgrade Reminder: Apps with access to Graph API v2.3 will reach the end of its 2-year lifetime on 10 July, 2017. To ensure a smooth transition, please upgrade to a recent version of AutoTweetNG and Joocial.
  • Joocial 8.11 has support for Web Push Notifications.
  • Joocial 8.12 is coming with support for SlimApps and Mobile Push Notifications.
  • The next versions of AutoTweet and Joocial will feature Joomla 3.7 Custom Fields with a seamless integration. For more information, please, visit this tutorial: Managing Custom Fields.
  • On the horizon, we are developing Joocial 9, the next major version of our social platform as the future hub for content management systems.
  • On top of these upcoming events, we are looking directly into Joomla 4. If you are interested in this development, please, watch this interview.

Don't miss this yearly opportunity. Upgrade now to be ready!

 

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If you have any question or feedback, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our support team will be glad to help you.

To the moon!

The Push API gives web applications the ability to receive messages pushed to them from a server, whether or not the web app is in the foreground, or even currently loaded, on a user agent. This lets developers deliver asynchronous notifications and updates to users that opt in, resulting in better engagement with timely new content. - MDN > Web technology for developers > Web APIs > Push API

Web Push Notifications for Joomla!

Web Push Notifications is an emerging standard to send alerts. It is currently supported by Chrome, Firefox and Safari. Following the trend, we have just released Joocial 8.11.0 Beta supporting this technology, powered by OneSignal or Pushwoosh services. For more information, please, visit the documentation here: Web Push notifications for Joomla!. You can also visit our https://news.joocial.com, where Web Push notifications are enabled.

Web Push Notifications for Joomla!

If you have any question or feedback, please do not hesitate to contact us. Our support team will be glad to help you.

Today, we have severals news to share about the available versions and powerful new features:

  • AutoTweet and Joocial 8.10: In our regular update, we are introducing RSS Feeds Direct Posts. A brand new feature, to publish posts directly from RSS Feeds. This feature requires Joocial 9 Alpha 1 CLI. To implement it, please contact us.
  • XTDir 6.4.2 for SobiPro 1.3.6: SobiPro is on the road to renew its internal architecture, and we are closely following it. Please, remember to update as soon as possible.
  • Joomla 3.7 is just around the corner, and these latest releases have been tested in the most recent Beta release.

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Joocial 9 - Alpha 1 News

The future content hub

We are developing the stable branch of AutoTweet and Joocial 8 at the same time than we create Joocial 9. So, we are reaching full compatibility and implementing new features on the same releases.

  • If you prefer to wait for the final Joocial 9 stable version, you are going to notice that new features are tagged in the user interface as "Only Joocial 9".
  • If you plan to test the new Joocial 9 - Alpha 1 CLI, please contact us - only for experts -

Joocial 9 Alpha 1 features

  1. Run Joocial 9 in CLI mode (Headless).
  2. Requirements and compatibility: PHP 7 or PHP 5.6
  3. CMS: Joomla! 3 and Standalone mode
  4. Push and Web Notifications
  5. Social Channels: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Blogger, Scoop.it, Telegram, Medium, Tumblr, Xing, JomSocial, EasySocial and VK Profile.
  6. Unit Tests: more than 200 automated tests and counting...

Be ready; you can start right now with the current generation of extensions, click here for more information.

We have just released an update to XTDir for SobiPro. This version is fully compatible with the latest SobiPro 1.3.6.

SobiPro has been releasing new versions with a re-organization of the internal architecture. We have also been releasing new versions, following this new development.

XTDir for SobiProv 642

 

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