Re: What is the block called

Subject: Re: What is the block called
From: yehoshua paul <ysp10182 -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2012 07:49:53 +0300

Actually they are called apps. Facebook does not use the full word
"application"; not on the Facebook page, nor in the help center.

Yehoshua Paul

On Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 1:57 AM, Lauren <lauren -at- writeco -dot- net> wrote:

> On 7/25/2012 8:58 AM, John Posada wrote:
>
>> Hi, guys...your help on IS/ARE was valuable. Thanks
>>
>> New question...if you have an application that places a block on your
>> Facebook Timeline, what is the official FB name of the block? If I was
>> doing a web page, I'd call it a widget, but I don't think that is
>> appropriate in the post-FB world.
>>
>
> It's an application. I know. That seems like a jacked-up naming
> convention, but that is what it's called.
>
> I have applications that post from Drupal to Twitter and from Twitter to
> Facebook. Drupal has modules that provide blocks and views of tweets and
> provide some FB interaction. The Drupal modules, like other systems,
> require that the website has an application registered with the
> third-party. The application that connects to the third party is then used
> by Drupal or whatever system that built the application. The display of
> the results of that application, like tweets or a timeline, are called
> whatever they are called in the system. So, in Drupal, a display of tweets
> is a block or view of tweets.
>
> Twitter has an application that can post tweets to a Facebook timeline.
> In Facebook, although the posts are coming from Twitter tweets, the posts
> on the timeline are called status updates.
>
> Twitter also has widgets that will display tweets on websites, in other
> applications, or in other systems. Widgets are small applications that are
> controlled by system that provides the widget. So a Twitter widget is
> controlled by Twitter and a Facebook widget is controlled by Facebook.
>
> The difference between an application and a widget, as I understand it, is
> in what controls the component. An application sends data from a system to
> the third party, while a widget is provided by the third party and is read
> by a system. So, if your component is sending data to a third party, then
> you have an application. If you are reading the component from a third
> party, then you have a widget.
>
> The block where you display the the data from the component is called
> whatever it is called in your system. Twitter tweets posted to Facebook
> are posted in the Facebook timeline. Drupal posts made through an
> application to Twitter are posted in the Twitter timeline. Tweets and
> Facebook statuses received in a widget are posted to the widget but
> displayed in a block or view or whatever the system calls that space that
> contains the widget.
>
> Facebook also has various games and other applications that people can
> place on their pages. All of these widgets and such are called
> applications in Facebook.
>
>
>
>
>
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