Activity Stream

I'm having trouble with getting my Activity Stream to show. Part of the problem is that I'm dense and words on a page are not immediately evident to me. So, for the life of me, I can't figure out what is this suggestion is for?

Enter a comma separated list of domains to show activity for, or leave blank to use current domain.

I am expecting FB activity on my site. I don't understand what listing domains has to do with anything. I'm thinking this widget would just display whatever activity I have on my Facebook wall, and it has nothing to do with any other domain, other than FB. Please illuminate.

  • Kimberly
    • Champion of Loops

    Hi Pali,

    The Activity Feed, from what I understand is an Activity feed "like" Facebook's but made for your site. It will show the activity feed from your website, not your Facebook page. For that you will need to use the Facebook Like Box widget.

    Just to illustrate the difference, you can install the Activity Feed and enter wpmu.org in the site box and you will see the activity feed of the latest posts from wpmu.org

    Make sense?

    Best,

    Kimberly


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  • Paul Barthmaier
    • Code Wrangler

    Kimberly,

    You are a star! You have gotten me past the point of feeling stupid. Hell, for now, I'm just gonna think of myself as dumb, and therefore push this a little further along. I think what I'd like to do here is take the 'from what I understand' out of the equation. That is, it should be clear what is going on, by virtue of the documentation or by the kind words and gentle guidance of the Support staff like you.

    I realize this isn't really your issue, it's rather a larger, systemic issue, but for fun, let's revisit my pain. Here's what I read in the installation documentation:

    Activity Feed widget - this widget adds the Activity feed to your website. When a visitor who is logged into the Facebook visits your site, he will see his activity feed on your sidebar.

    From this I had assumed that for every visitor on my site who is also logged into Facebook, they'd see their Facebook Activity in the sidebar. This seemed like a pretty cool thing. I wasn't sure, though, if it was the activity on their wall or the wall of the page that was associated with my site, or what? To be fair, it was explained in the documentation that:

    Just like the activity feed you have on your Facebook right sidebar,

    For this I just wasn't sure what was meant, but things started to sound like they weren't talking about a Facebook Activity Feed. FB has the Ticker in my right sidebar, but alas, that's not it.

  • Paul Barthmaier
    • Code Wrangler

    The FB Like widget isn't really showing people who have Liked the page, rather is shows what's been posted to that page, regardless of whether it's been Liked or not. In fact, if you were to scroll down in the stream of this widget, you wouldn't find anyone who has Liked the page, even though there have been plenty.

    Now it would seem that there might be some overlap with the two widgets above, but they do, in fact, do separate things. Your comment about your understanding helped me see what the answer might be. For clarity's sake, I'll repeat what you mentioned:

    The Activity Feed, from what I understand is an Activity feed "like" Facebook's but made for your site.

    This seems oh so close to the answer, but just a little, yet significant, reordering of the words. I followed your suggestion and placed wpmu.org in the space in question and what I'm seeing from the widget is a 'Facebook Like Activity Feed,' or rather a stream of posts with the number of Likes made. This is different from a Facebook-like Activity feed, or 'an Activity feed "like" Facebook's."

    So do you reckon that's correct?

  • Paul Barthmaier
    • Code Wrangler

    Pushing on, I find that while I can get the widget resized, I have no idea what settings will give me consistent viewing of a working widget. That is, I've tried checking and unchecking the XFBML checkbox, as well as the Show Header, but I can't currently see my activity. I thought perhaps Caching might have been the issue, although it doesn't really make sense to me why it would, but I've cleared the cache and deactivated, but just not sure how to get the feed back.

  • Kimberly
    • Champion of Loops

    @Gina
    Sounds Great!

    @Pali, I greatly enjoyed your dialogue here! I am not taking joy from your pain, I am only following your logic with my own curiosity (as I've not used this particular widget) :slight_smile:

    I think that the 'terminology' when referring to facebook leaves alot to be desired, there should be pictures included in the descriptions, agreed that there is room for improvement there!

    Ve and Gina, I volunteer to edit the plugin description to help clarify anything that may come from the solution here!

  • Vladislav
    • Dead Eye Dev

    Hello,

    This widget basically implements the Facebook Activity Feed social plugin as a widget. To clarify how it works, perhaps it's best to quote the official explanation:

    ...
    If a user is logged into Facebook, the plugin will be personalized to highlight content from their friends. If the user is logged out, the activity feed will show recommendations from across your site, and give the user the option to log in to Facebook.

    The plugin is filled with activity from the user's friends. If there isn't enough friend activity to fill the plugin, it is backfilled with recommendations.
    ...

    http://developers.facebook.com/docs/reference/plugins/activity/

  • Paul Barthmaier
    • Code Wrangler

    Ve,

    Glad to hear the widget is what I hoped it was! But still, with over 1000 FB buddies, it's unlikely I've not got any activity to report. What have I configured wrongly? That is, have a restricted something too much that I've narrowed the possibilities too much to result in any activity?

  • Paul Barthmaier
    • Code Wrangler

    Yeah, that's what I'd like to do, but I don't have a great idea of what is going on behind the scenes. That is, I haven't really limited much. However, under the facebook API, I did have the 'Prevent access to my linked accounts' which warns that 'If this option is set, your linked accounts (e.g. pages) will NOT be accessible by this plugin.' I currently only have 'Allow sub-sites to use these credentials.'

    So what might restrict the flow of information from the activity stream?

  • aecnu
    • WP Unicorn

    Greetings Pali Baacsi,

    I went through a complete new setup today and found that there are several places that screen what is displayed, starting with granting permissions allowing the public activity or friends etc. This is a good place to start.

    I am waiting to see when/if the activity starts streaming since I have installed the plugin. Also take note that recommendations show when someone recommends your post etc. via the plugin.

    With so many ways to permission the activity stream it is quite a job to figure out which ones would be the hold up :slight_frown:

    Cheers, Joe

  • Paul Barthmaier
    • Code Wrangler

    Joe,

    On my page, I'm able to see something on the Activity Stream, but it seems limited to Shares on FB. I have explicitly entered the domains, qiaccess.com, facebook.com, and am surprised that I'm only seeing something when someone shares something AND that person has Liked my FB page.

  • aecnu
    • WP Unicorn

    Greetings Pali Baacsi,

    We have not heard back from you as to the status of this issue.

    If you are still having an issue please let us know so that we may try to get you fixed up as soon as possible by choosing to check mark this ticket as unresolved below and posting any new errors or symptoms you are noticing.

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    Thank you for being a WPMU Dev member!

    Cheers, Joe

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