Now that you have your free Fairways and Roughs account setup and are tracking your games and sharing them with your golf friends on Fairways and Roughs, what next? The Fairways and Roughs website is utilizing the Facebook API to integrate Facebook features into our website allowing you to share your games with your Facebook friends as well. This article discusses the Facebook features that are available to Fairways and Roughs website users.
There are several features on the Fairways and Roughs home page that Facebook account holders can utilize:
- Facebook Like Button
- Facebook Share Button
- Find us on Facebook Button
- Sign up/Login With Facebook button
The basis of all of these items is the Fairways and Roughs Application on Facebook which a Facebook user must authorize to use to utilize the advanced features on the Fairways and Roughs website. Authorizing the application is integrated with the Facebook features and happens seamlessly when utilizing the features.
The Facebook Like button allows you to Like the Fairways and Roughs website. You do not need to authorize the application to use this button. It will post a message to your Facebook Wall and indicate in your Facebook profile that you like the Fairways and Roughs website.
The Facebook Share button allows you to send your friends a direct message about the Fairways and Roughs website. When you click the button a Facebook message dialog box will appear where you can select Facebook friends and send them a personal message about the Fairways and Roughs website.
The Find us on Facebook button will take you to the Fairways and Roughs application if you are logged into Facebook. We will discuss this in more detail below.
The Sign Up/Login with Facebook button allows you to use your Facebook details to pre-fill the signup details needed for a Fairways and Roughs account. The following details are collected once when you signup:
- First Name: We use this to identify you to your friends
- Last Name: We use this to identify you to your friends
- Sex: We use this to choose whether to use Mens or Ladies Par values when calculating your golf scores and statistics
- Current Location: We use this to find you golf courses and provide information based on your location
- E-Mail Address: This will be your username to login to the Fairways and Roughs Website
- Password: This will be your Fairways and Roughs password to allow you to login to the Fairways and Roughs website
Once you have signed up for an account with Fairways and Roughs, you can use the same button to sign-in to Fairways and Roughs by clicking this button. If you are already signed into Facebook, you will be signed-in to Fairways and Roughs. If you are not signed-in to Facebook, a dialog will ask you for your Facebook user id and password. Once those are provided, you will be signed into Fairways and Roughs.
So now that the Fairways and Roughs website knows about your Facebook account, you can do some fun stuff. In the Fairways and Roughs account page, you can set your Fairways and Roughs profile picture to be your Facebook profile picture that way when you update your Facebook profile, your Fairways and Roughs profile picture will also change to the new one.
When you create a golf game and enter your scores, you can send a message to your Facebook wall about your scores. Next to your name in the scorecard, there is a Facebook icon that when clicked will ask you to comment on your game. When you provide a comment and click the “Post” button, your score and the comment will be posted to your Facebook wall.
Once you authorize the use of the Fairways and Roughs application on Facebook, you will have an additional application added to your Facebook profile that can be accessed below your profile picture either by clicking on the applications icon or by directly clicking on the Fairways and Roughs icon. The application can also be accessed by directly pointing your browser to http://apps.facebook.com/fairwaysandroughs/. When you are logged into Facebook and use the application, it will show your general golf statistics from within Facebook so that you can view your golf game’s progress from within Facebook. You can also invite your Facebook friends to like or signup for an account at Fairways and Roughs
We have added these Facebook features to Fairways and Roughs to allow you to let your friends know about your golf game and socialize your progress in your golf game. We hope you enjoy using these features and if you have ideas for other features that we do not provide, please contact us at our our contact page. Happy Golfing!