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  1. Hello

    I would like to reopen the discussion about Facebook video first discussed on http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/facebook-video

    My blog sits at http://alxdxn.wordpress.com and I upload most of my videos to Facebook (bigger upload allowance than Flickr, no problems acessing in China like Youtube)

    Facebook gives me the following embed code for a video that I want to include in a blog post:
    <object width="576" height="432" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/559720425845" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/559720425845" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="576" height="432"></embed></object>

    However, when I save a post with this code, it is removed from the saved version. (No warnings or notifications unfortunately; the code just disappears)

    As suggested in the previous discussion linked above, I am able to get it working using Vodpod, but I have some conserns with this:
    a/ It's complicated. I had never used Vodpod before, and I had to set up an account, create the link to Facebook in my vodpod account, then copy that code over to WordPress. A one-step process as used for Youtube or Flickr Video, would be much simpler and I guess wouldn't be too difficult to set up in wordpress.com?
    b/ No guidance. There is nothing in the wordpress.com support guide about how one should use Vodpod to embed Facebook videos. This information is only available when searching the forums, and even there, the details are not correct (you don't need to use any Firefox add-on). I had never heard of Vodpod before, and although it's not a steep learning curve, I felt I was having to unecessarily use a new service only because wordpress.com didn't support Facevook video.

    Let me know if you need any more info. I think this would be a really great feature for Facebook users.

    The blog I need help with is alxdxn.wordpress.com.

  2. thesacredpath
    Staff

    The vodpod button for wordpress, or the vodpod bookmarklets for Safari and IE allow you to shortcut the process.

    Read up on the vodpod button for wordpress here: http://vodpod.com/wordpress/ .

  3. thesacredpath
    Staff

    And this support document from vodpod covers using the vodpod button with wordpress.COM: http://blog.vodpod.com/2007/09/07/posting-videos-to-wordpresscom-with-the-post-to-wordpress-button/

  4. Thanks for the links. However, they are both vodpod docs and not explicit in the wordpress.com support topics.

    Would it not be easy to enable Facebook videos using their own embed code rather than going through Vodpod? I'm sure this is justified since Facebook must have more users than Vodpod.

    It's also annoying since the Facebook embed code is striped out of saved blogs without any notification. I published a blog post with FB video on it, but then found it wasn't in the published version. From my point of view, this is an iomportant lacking feature in wordpress.com.

    Cheers

  5. any luck?

  6. Nope, haven't heard any update on this...

  7. What process do we need to follow to get wordpress.com to enable this? It should be a simple update, no?

  8. thesacredpath
    Staff

    Contact staff directly at http://support.wordpress.com/contact/ and request it.

  9. did you get any feedback form on this from wordpress et? I'd also very much like to see this happen.
    Thanks
    Video Production Florida

  10. Facebook from what I understand does not provide embed codes so that makes it difficult to put them anywhere else. You might want to look at the Firefox add-on for embedding facebook videos though: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/9614

  11. From that addons page, in the long description is this:

    Facebook has stated in its Video FAQ that "Users will not be able to export or download videos from Facebook."

    The likelihood of a direct solution showing up here on wordpress.COM seems highly unlikely based on what Facebook said in the video FAQ.

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