Putting a Facebook Widget Into Your Active Rain Blog

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United, Realtors

So I just put together a facebook business page and I'm trying to build up my friends.  What better way than to put the facebook widget into my active rain blog.  But there is no standard way of doing this and after calling for help, googling about it, and reading Jason's blog about it which discussed something similar I finally figured it out and I thought I'd share how I did it with all or you great Active Rainers:)

1. Go to facebook - Login - Click on "Accounts" - and choose the page you wish to promote.  You'll need the Facebook Profile Id that you see pictured below:

Putting facebook into active rain

2. Then you'll need the other code too.  Below is that code:

<iframe scrolling="no" frameborder="0" src="http://www.facebook.com/connect/connect.php?id=151798481497739&connections=20&stream=1&css=PATH_TO_STYLE_SHEET" allowtransparency="true" style="border: none; width: 200px; height: 550px;"></iframe> <div style="font-size:8px; padding-left:10px">

Here's some optional code you can paste at the end if you want a little link right below the widget:

<a href=http://www.facebook.com/pages/Angela-K-Homes/151798481497739>Angela on Facebook</a> on Facebook</div>

3. You'll need to make one or more adjustments to the above code.  First of all you'll need to remove my profile id from it and paste yours in - see it there right after "id=" . . . ?   Ok - put your profile id there.  Then you may want to make some other changes too.  For example - you can adjust the height and width of the widget by changing the "width: 200px; height: 550" to whatever you need for your situation. 

4. Another adjustment you can make is the number of friends faces you show and or if you show the streaming content or not.  Streaming content is the part above the friends faces where it shows the most recent FB posts.  To change friends simply change the number where it says "&connections=20" to whatever number you want.  To remove the streaming content you'll remove the "&stream=1" - this means it would just show friends instead of friends and posts - see photo below as example:

facebook widget for activerain

5. Next you'll copy and paste your code into active rain.  Go to "My Home" then click on "Settings" on the left hand side....  Once you click on settings you'll see a box called "Blog Description" - make sure not the use the "blog description text only" box as I did (didn't work there:) - so insert the code into the "Blog Description" area - should look like mine below:

facebook and activerain

Then you'll just hit the update button and go refresh your blog page and it should be there - if you have questions please post them and I'll help you as needed.


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Comments (7)

Margaret Goss
@Properties - Winnetka, IL
Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate

Thank you - I've decided to concentrate more on Facebook this year, so this is great information for me.

Feb 19, 2011 07:04 AM
Nancy Fraser
Exit Realty Premier - Massapequa Park, NY
Realtor, Massapequa Homes for Sale 516-729-0278

Angela, thanks for sharing this, appreciate your efforts in finding out how.

Feb 19, 2011 07:04 AM
Barb Van Stensel
Chicago, IL

Angela, just what the doctor ordered!  This is great.  I was wondering how to do you and here you have shared your expertise!!!  Thank you.

Feb 19, 2011 07:10 AM
Angela Kraushaar
Coldwell Banker United, Realtors - Katy, TX

You are all very welcome!!!  Tell you what - if you find it useful it would be wonderful if you could "Friend" me on facebook.  My page is new and I need friends - hahaha - is that begging or what!:)

Have a wonderful weekend active rainers:)

Feb 19, 2011 07:15 AM
Scott Silverstone
William Raveis Real Estate - New Haven, CT
www.CTProperty.com, Connecticut Luxury & Waterfront Realty

Thanks for the post.  This should be added to Active Rain's New User FAQ.

Feb 23, 2011 03:06 AM
Angela Kraushaar
Coldwell Banker United, Realtors - Katy, TX

Karli and Scott - Thanks so much!  It's the simple things that trip me up so I had to break it down step by step to get mine right so I'm glad it could help others!  Thanks for the comments

Oct 10, 2011 04:19 PM
Rob Spinosa
US Bank - Larkspur, CA
Mortgage Loan Originator, Marin County

This is great.  Thank you!  It took me a while to figure out how to get this to work, but I eventually came across your blog post, followed the instructions and there it is!  Eureka!

Nov 13, 2011 10:45 AM