In this post I will discuss how I implemented the Profile Management for Network Trotters .
Profile Management Generals
As an application developer, you get the opportunity to place some information in the user profile page. Specifically you can set a Profile Action (link below the Profile Pic) and a Profile Box.
In your application you basically tell the Facebook platform where it should get the FBML/HTML that defines both the Profile Action and Profile Box. It is important to notice, that Facebook will Cache this FBML/HTML, until you specifically tell them to refresh it.
So in summary, you set the user Profile from your application, but you have to build a mechanism to refresh the users profile periodically.
I am using the Facebook Development Toolkit as the Facebook Platform API wrapper; and the profiles are set by using Urls.
.Net Implementation (one of many)
In my implementation, the profile management contains 3 main components:
- Profile Content Page
- Setting a user profile
- Refresh the profile