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The connected life has these wonders. In the past week, we released AutoTweet and Joocial 8.16 to support Joomla's Custom Fields. Today, we are releasing AutoTweet and Joocial 8.17 to support two breaking news from the biggest social media outlets:

  • Twitter has expanded the tweet limit of 140 characters to 280 characters. We can already find tweets that are fully embracing the new freedom to write longer texts. We have adjusted the extensions accordingly.
  • Facebook is adding new controls to limit the content of posts to the authors. We are actively following the topic and releasing new versions to be updated with the latest news. In the previous change, Facebook mandates to keep the Open Graph Tags syncronized with Posts of content items (Changes to Facebook post publishing rules). Now, with the release of API 2.11, Facebook has added a validation to associate Pages and Domains. So, posts can only be published to Verified Domains. This control does not affect directly to the extensions, but it is a new configuration step that has been added to the authorization workflow: Facebook Link Ownership Guide.

Support of Twitter's 280 Limit and Facebook's Domain Verification

The new AutoTweet and Joocial 8.17 beta version are available in the Download Area, and the stable versions are going to be released in the next week.

 

Custom Fields are supported now in AutoTweet Free, PRO, and Joocial 8.16

Joomla! has recently introduced a powerful new feature, Custom Fields. Now, it is possible to create articles and extended them with a rich set of fields. By default, Joomla! comes with these field types: Calendar, Checkboxes, Color, Editor, Integer, List, List of Images, Media, Radio, Sql, Text, Textarea, Url, User and Usergroup. On top of this, more field types can be installed and they are readily available on Joomla! extension directory.

To support this new ecosystem of functionality, we have augmented the integration of AutoTweet Free, PRO, and Joocial (8.16). The default content plugin, that processes Joomla! Content Articles, is now able to include the original text fields and/or the new custom fields. In the plugin configuration, we have added a new Post Template where a full message can be shaped to reach the site target.

To sum up, now, the basic component of Joomla! raises the bar of the content definition and becomes a complete Content Construction Kit (CCK). This feature is virtually a game changer and our social media management extensions (AutoTweet Free, PRO, and Joocial v8.16) are ready to accept the challenge.

To test the new functionality, version 8.16 is already available in the Beta channel and the stable version is going to be released in the next week.

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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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