Facebook takes on Twitter with embeddable statuses and photos — but there’s a catch


Facebook today announced that public photos, statuses, videos, and hashtags can now be embedded on the web, just like tweets, but there’s a catch: in order to embed a post, you’ll need to install a Facebook plug-in on your website.

The plug-in works the same way as Facebook’s popular Like button and Comments plug-ins, so it will be familiar to web developers, but it means embedding Facebook content isn’t as dead-simple as being able to embed a tweet, a Vine, or as of two weeks ago, an Instagram photo. The first crop of sites to include the functionality will be Bleacher Report, CNN, The Huffington Post, Mashable and People.

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