Facebook Changed Sharing Counts

Today, Facebook released version 2.7 of their API and changed the manner in which shared posts are counted.

That would have been okay, except they also turned off the part of the 1.0 API (the one that didn’t use versions in their URLs because who needed that?) and blindsided everyone. Reading the Facebook Dev Changelog didn’t make that any more sensible to me either. But what I can tell you is here are some affected plugins/services:

  • Jetpack: https://github.com/Automattic/jetpack/pull/4879
  • Genesis Simple Share Buttons: https://wordpress.org/support/topic/facebook-share-counts-not-showing
  • SharedCount: https://www.sharedcount.com/notes/facebook_api_shutdown.php

Anyone who has a plugin (or theme) with sharing buttons that count MAY be affected. If someone can come up with a way to scan the repository for impacted plugins, let me know and I’ll be happy to do that and email as many of them directly as we can.

#api, #boom