This blog will be off of Facebook for a while

Last night I received a practical lesson in why you don’t depend on playing in someone else’s sandbox.

I was updated some posts last night, and for some reason known only to Facebook, they blocked the Facebook app I was using. This means I won’t be posting updates until Facebook decide to unblock the app. (I’ve already started the resolution process with Facebook, but that’s going to take a couple days.)


I really do not know why Facebook blocked the app; it wasn’t anything more than the bare minimum I needed to put updates on facebook. I set it up, and I know it didn’t do anything else. I also know that no one else could have used it, so there was no way for it to have been malicious.

Facebook did give a reason, but it doesn’t make much sense:

Your app XX has had some features limited because our automated systems detected that your app is receiving a high amount of negative user feedback. The disabled features are:

Publishing Feed Stories disabled

Why would anyone complain about my app? It’s just a little bit of code that does the one job.

If anyone knows the answer, please tell me.


Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. Mike Cane9 July, 2011

    Hmph. Can’t you use a Post to Facebook widget in the blog and use that? has automagic posting to FB and Twitter, but I have it turned off. To get the Twitter short URL, tho, I use the widget then copy and paste in Twitter and add whatever I want (I need the ID autocomplete).

    1. Nate Hoffelder9 July, 2011

      I am using an automatic plug-in. I’d much rather get it working again than have to go through the hassle of finding a new method.

      1. Mike Cane9 July, 2011

        That sounds like what calls their widgets. Weird that you should be having a problem with that!

  2. Brad Linder10 July, 2011 has been working pretty well for Liliputing and Mobiputing. It automatically grabs the latest posts from your blog and can post them to Twitter and/or Facebook.

    1. Nate Hoffelder10 July, 2011

      I’m using Twitter Publisher for the one, but if I can switch to 1 plug-in doing both jobs I will certainly consider it. Thanks!

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