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Display a Facebook Group Feed

What can I display?

You can display content from an open, closed, or secret group, so long as our app is added to the group.  The types of feeds you can display from a group are; Timeline post feeds, Event feeds, Video feeds, and Album feeds.

What are the requirements?

It is only possible to display a feed from a group to which you are a member or admin of and an admin has added our app to. If you are an admin of the group then just follow the directions below to do this, otherwise, please ask an admin of the group to follow the directions here.

Note: Due to a Facebook API limitation, you can only display posts made after the Smash Balloon application has been added to your group. The Groups API will also only include data created within the last 90 days meaning you may not be able to display videos or albums created more than 90 days ago.

Events
It is only possible for events to be displayed using the access token from a group admin.  If using the token from a regular member then the events can’t be displayed. The person configuring the plugin would need to either be made an admin of the group or ask a group admin to generate an access token for them to use.

Directions

Plugin Version 4.0 and above

To display a feed from your Facebook Group just follow these directions:

1) Navigate to the Facebook Feed item in your WordPress menu and then select All Feeds. To create a new feed, click Add New.

Add New Feed Pro - Facebook 4.0

2) Select the Feed Type you want to display, such as Timeline then click Next.

Free Version - Create a Facebook Feed - Facebook 4.0

3) Click on the button labeled Add Source

Add New Source - Facebook 4.0

4) Select the Add New option

Create a Feed - Add New - Facebook 4.0

5) A pop-up will be displayed. Select Source Type “Group” and click “Connect” Facebook Icon.

Add source group

6) To get posts from your group, Facebook requires us to add the “SmashBalloon” app in your group settings.

  • If you are a group admin, this below pop-up will be displayed, and you can follow the directions indicated in the plugin:  Add Facebook App to our group
  • If you are a group member, this below pop-up will be displayed, and you can follow the directions indicated to notify a group administrator of the following steps: Facebook Group Member

7) Follow the directions to add the Smash Balloon Facebook app to your group: click the link to go to your Facebook Group settings page, or go to it by visiting the group. As an admin, on the left-hand side under Manage Group select Settings

On Facebook, select the settings under Manage Group

8) Scroll down in the settings menu, and near the bottom under Manage advanced settings click the pen icon for Apps

Click the pen icon under advanced settings

9) In the Group apps popup, select Add Apps

Select add apps

10) If you are using v4.1 or higher of the plugin, then search for “Smash Balloon WordPress”, select our app, and click “Add”.
If you are using below v4.1, then search for “Smash Balloon Plugin”, select our app, and click “Add”.

Search for Facebook group app

11) Go back to the plugin’s Settings and click “Done”. You can then continue setting up the feed. If you need further instructions on full setup, please see the setup instructions for the Free version and Pro version of the plugin.

 

Below Plugin Version 4.0

To display a feed from your Facebook Group just follow these directions:

1) Go to the plugin settings page in WordPress and click the big blue Facebook login button.

2) Select “Facebook Group” from the drop-down list and click “Continue”.
Select Facebook Group


3)
Select a group which you are an admin of from the list and click “Use token for this Group”.
Select your Facebook Group


4)
Follow the directions to add the Smash Balloon Facebook app to your group: click the link to go to your Facebook Group settings page, or go to it by visiting the group, clicking “More”, and then “Edit Group Settings”.
Edit Facebook group settings


5)
About half way down you’ll see a section labeled “Apps”. Click “Add App”.
Add Facebook app


6)
Search for “Smash Balloon”, select our app, and click “Add”.
Select Smash Balloon Plugin Facebook app


7)
Go back to the plugin’s Settings page in WordPress and click “Done”.
Done adding Facebook group


8)
Make sure to change the setting labeled “Is this a page or a group?” to be “Group”, or use the shortcode setting pagetype=group in the shortcode.

Select Facebook Group

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