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If you are one of the millions of people in the world who have Facebook accounts, you are probably familiar with the concept of Facebook Updates. In most cases, unless you have changed your privacy settings, Facebook alerts your friends when you have made changes to your profile or performed other activities that your friends may want to know about. iWeb '09 comes with the ability to notify Facebook when you have made changes through your iWeb sites, thereby letting your friends know that there are some new content on your site for them to check out. iWeb also has the ability to generate an email for you in which you can let friends know about your changes. Using Facebook alerts can be much quicker and doesn't require any other interaction on your part once you have linked your iWeb site to your Facebook account. Of course, in order for your friends to see these updates, they themselves also have to be Facebook members. But these many people are already Facebook members.
To link your site to your Facebook account, select the site in your iWeb sidebar. Then scroll down and check Update my Facebook profile when I publish this site. Next, you will be asked to enter your Facebook account information and confirm that you want to give iWeb the ability to update your Facebook account info. So you want to enter your Email and your Password. You can check Keep me logged in to iWeb. If you don't want to have to enter this information each time, then click Login. Now I'm being asked, do I want to allow access to iWeb? And I do want to click Allow because I want my friends to be able to see when I have updated my iWeb pages.
Then I'm told I can close this window and return to the application. So I'll click Finish. Now I see the message in the Facebook section, Updates will be published to Garrick Chow. If you do need to remove your Facebook account information, just click Remove Account. So I'm going to go ahead and publish my site. I have two red pages in my site indicating that I have made change to my site since last time it was published. So I'll click Publish Site. Go ahead and let iWeb work in the background. Okay, now that the upload is finished, again I can Announce via email that the website was updated. I can Visit Site Now or just click OK.
Notice also that it's telling me your Facebook profile was updated. So iWeb is letting me know that it added that information to my Facebook profile. I'm just going to click OK and then switch over to Safari and go to Facebook and I log in to my account. So here on my profile page here in Facebook you can see right here under Recent Activity it's telling me Garrick's iWeb Site Melbourne Trip has been updated. So anybody who is my friend will see that information on their own Facebook homepage and they could also click this link to visit the site. Let's go back to Facebook.
You can see we have even get this nice little iWeb icon next to the Alert. So now anytime I update my site in the future a new message will appear in my Facebook profile and on my friends Facebook homepages letting them know that I have made changes to my site and giving them a link to the site right there on their Facebook pages. Doesn't get much easier than that.
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