Streamified & oGraph - An Upcoming Partnership
Last week, we submitted our Streamified iOS app update to the iTunes App Store! We’re very excited about this update and we think it has a lot of new, great additions.
One special feature is our new integration with Facebook’s Open Graph (oGraph). You may have already seen posts on Facebook profiles and the news feed from social readers; one popular application is the Washington Post Social Reader. What we wanted to do with our integration is create the same kind of social experience with our Streamified application.
What does this mean for me?
Now, with oGraph and Streamified integration, whenever you read a post with our in-app browser, the title and a link will be shared to Facebook. The in-app browser, by the way, is not the same as viewing a post in full-screen (e.g., if you tap a Tumblr post to view just that post). Streamified will only share websites you read in-browser to your Facebook. And, just so we’re clear, it will not share every single post you scroll past in Streamified. That would be too much!
Here at the Streamified team, we’ve been playing with this feature for a few days now and it’s made social reading converts out of a few of us (including yours truly). As our founder, Zane, says, “Seeing what my friends are reading is a great content discovery mechanism and can expose me to things that I have not read because I didn’t know about them or did not know they might be interesting.” Of course, we all have our own specific interests, and we tend to read new content that’s based on those interests. Social reading means I can find new content for me to read that may be out of my comfort zone, and vice versa for my friends.
How will oGraph integration change my Facebook Timeline?
Depending on what you let Facebook do (and keep in mind that you can control all of this in order to share at a level that you’re comfortable with), you’ll see your activity in any or all of the following places on the right side of your personal Timeline:
1) In the “Recent Activity” box for Streamified. Like the title suggests, this box contains your recent activity and the websites you’ve viewed in-app. This includes your interactions with Facebook posts in Streamified (e.g., if you like a friend’s Facebook post with in the application).
2) In the “Websites Streamed” box for Streamified. This box simply shows the websites you’ve viewed in-app.
3) In the “Activity” box. Your streamed websites will show up here, along with your other activity throughout Facebook.
4) In your news ticker. That little box in the upper right corner of your Facebook will now feature websites you’ve streamed, as well.
Of course, this is entirely optional for you. If you want to control your settings on Facebook, you can visit your Streamified settings. And if you want to turn off oGraph integration completely, go to the general Streamified settings in-app (not in the Facebook stream settings) and turn the toggle off.
What do you think?
We wanted to let you know about this feature in advance. We know some users love this kind of integration, while others are not so enthusiastic. Again, you have complete control over what is shared and what is visible, and you have the option to not share anything at all if you don’t want to.
Of course, we’ll keep you all posted as we know more about when Streamified 1.3 will be hitting the iTunes App Store! Let us know what you think and we can’t wait to hear your feedback on our next app update.
Justine Dolorfino is Streamified’s marketing coordinator. She can be reached at Justine@Streamified.com.