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Flow-Flow 4: new layouts, scrollable lightbox and important Facebook changes

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Just a quick update on upcoming release of new version and its features and important information about Facebook platform changes and what they mean for Flow-Flow.

First, we want to inform you that we changed our approach to feature releases and now we rather do many small updates than one big major update. This way we can make many features available earlier for you. So, here’s what on our roadmap currently:

  • New layout “Wall” that looks like classic posts feed or list. Can be responsive to container size or have fixed width/height.
  • New lightbox feature: posts feed with infinite scroll. This recognizable social media pattern will raise your visitors engagement and in combination with other design options opens multiple interesting ways to present your content.
  • New layout “Carousel”. Highly-demanded layout that will allow you to add social stream as page section rather than creating separate page
  • Admin tour for new plugin users
  • Support tab in admin page
  • Many optimizations and polyfills

First two features are almost ready to be released and rest will follow them later this year. For further future we have plans to add analytics feature, e-commerce integration and new live editor. We will release detailed blog posts in future.

Now, important info about Facebook integrations.

As you may know, on August 1st 2018 Facebook company restricted access to its public API and will review apps that want to get access to public data. Access to is restricted to limited number of media publishers. This was done due to new privacy policy and security reasons. According to new Facebook policy there is little chance every app can access all public pages content via API. This means that in future it’s not guaranteed that users of our plugin will be able to stream ALL public pages. Starting from August 1, 2018 there is possibility that it will be allowed to stream only pages you administer. Currently with latest version that’s not the case and you can stream ANY page still using method #1. If you want to stream page you own and not use our shared app please create own app following method #2.

To be prepared for future possible changes we’ve already submitted our Facebook app for review and are now awaiting for review results. In case Facebook restrictions come into force and If our submission is approved you will be able to use method #1 to stream pages that you administer and we implement support for multiple Page tokens that you can manually add in admin. In other case you can use our plugin as it is now.

 

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