Tree, trunk, branch, crown
Climbing up and sitting down
Morning sun becomes noon-blue
All the world is old and new
Road, street, track, path
Ship, boat, wooden raft
Nest, bird, feather, fly
All the world has got its sky
Spreading shadows, setting sun
Crickets, curtains, day is done
A fire takes away the chill
All the world can hold quite still

  - All the World, Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee

Beautiful homespun poem, and my favorite book to read to Brooke, bar none. Happy Fathers Day.


Turning off Facebook for Bridgy

I announced recently that Bridgy Publish for Facebook would shut down soon. Facebook’s moves to restrict its API to improve privacy and security are laudable, and arguably the right idea, but also mean that users can no longer use third party apps like Bridgy to create posts.

I didn’t realize it at first, but similar API restrictions hit the backfeed (aka listen) feature, which sends comments and likes back to your web site. Bridgy can still see comments and likes by Bridgy users, but that’s a tiny fraction of the Facebook comments and likes that it used to see.

I spent a while looking for a workaround, and even looked into scraping HTML, but you have to be logged into Facebook to see even public posts, on both www and m, so no luck there. [Insert silo snark here.]

So with a heavy heart, I’m shutting down Facebook on Bridgy entirely. Publish will still work until August 1, but listen largely stopped working on May 24, so I turned it off altogether and disabled new user signup a few days ago.

See you on the web!


Bridgy Publish for Facebook shuts down in August

Bridgy Publish launched four years ago with the ability to create posts, RSVPs, comments, and likes on Facebook and other silos. It’s created over 30k silo posts since then (details), 7k on Facebook specifically.

After the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke, Facebook started limiting its API in a number of ways. Notably, it disabled RSVPing yesterday, and will disable posting on August 1, which will effectively kill Bridgy Publish. More background in the docs.

I’ll send Facebook notifications to warn users that they only have a few months left. RIP Bridgy Publish for Facebook, we’ll miss you. So long, and thanks for all the fish!