Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Posterous slideshows inside your Facebook feed

If you've ever wanted to display a photo slideshow of your Posterous media inside your Facebook feed, here's your chance.

Sharendipity recently released support for an embedded play mode for Facebook feeds. That means you can play interactive content - like a slideshow or game - directly from the feed. You no longer need to link out to a different page. You can read the full story on the Sharendipity blog.

Here's how I did it...

1. Create the slideshow app
Using one of the easy wizards, you can customize existing Posterous apps and make them your own. There are a couple to choose from, but in this example, I used the simple slideshow template that transitions through all photo media in a particular Posterous.


Posterous-customize

2. Share your slideshow from the app page
You can share your new application in one of two ways. You can either use the built-in Facebook share functionality that can be accessed by clicking on the Facebook icon on the app's homepage. Or you can copy the app's URL and use Facebook's post feature to post it by hand.


Posterous-share



3. Post it to your Facebook feed
If you choose the "post" option by copying the app's URL, simply paste it into the text box on your Facebook news feed or profile wall. Facebook will automatically recognize it and insert the applications icon.


Posterous-fb-post

4. Feed preview mode
When the story appears on your wall or your friends' news feed, it will look just like a video post. The icon will have a blue play button to get it started.


Posterous-shown-in-preview

5. Feed viewing mode
As is the case with videos, when you or a friend play the app, it will auto-expand in place and the slideshow (or game) will start!


Posterous-shown-in-feed

Go get started...