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Authorizing posts to Facebook

Many applications on the Internet provide access to other applications. Cross-access between applications is very useful if you have several social media accounts and you want to post an article to one of them and then link to it on your other accounts. For example, if you posted an article on LinkedIn, you can share a link to that article on your Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ accounts. The same feature is available with Brightspot: you can post a story to your website from Brightspot, and then share links to that story on your social media accounts right from the content edit page. The mechanism by which one application grants access to another one is called Open Authorization (OAuth).

This section describes how to authorize posts to Facebook from Brightspot using OAuth.

Authorizing posts to a Facebook profile

In this step, Facebook requests authorization to post to the target Facebook account from Brightspot. (For information about posting to a Facebook page, see Authorizing posts to a Facebook page.)

Note

Perform the steps in this section from a Brightspot instance running over HTTPS. Facebook does not allow connections from sites running over HTTP.

  1. In Brightspot, from the Navigation Menu, select Social > Accounts. (If you do not see Social, contact your Brightspot representative to install the Social plugin.) The Connect Accounts widget appears with your Facebook service listed.

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  2. In the Connect Accounts widget, under the required Facebook service, do the following (if you do not see a Facebook service, add one by following the procedure in Connecting Brightspot to a Facebook App):

    1. Click Connect Profile. A request from Facebook appears asking for authentication.

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    2. Complete the authentication request. You return to the Connect Accounts widget, and the target Facebook account is listed.

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Brightspot users can now publish links to Facebook; for details, see Sharing content on social networks.

Authorizing posts to a Facebook page

Some companies have Facebook pages dedicated to target audiences. You can publish from Brightspot directly to those pages. (For information about posting to a Facebook profile page, see Authorizing posts to a Facebook profile.)

Note

Perform the steps in this section from a Brightspot instance running over HTTPS. Facebook does not allow connections from sites running over HTTP.

  1. In Brightspot, from the Navigation Menu, select Social > Accounts. (If you do not see Social, ask your representative to install the Social plugin.) The Connect Accounts widget appears with your Facebook service listed.

    create-accounts-fb.png
  2. In the Connect Accounts widget, under the required Facebook service, do the following (if you do not see a Facebook service, add one by following the procedure in Connecting Brightspot to a Facebook App):

    1. Click Connect Page. A request from Facebook appears asking for authentication.

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    2. Click OK. You return to Brightspot showing a list of your Facebook pages.

      fb-choose-fb-page.png
    3. Select the required page. You return to the Connect Accounts widget, and the target Facebook page is listed.

Brightspot users can now publish links to Facebook; for details, see Sharing content on social networks.