Connect Existing Facebook & DiscoverText Accounts

Many people have asked us “How to I import Facebook data if I have a regular DiscoverText Account?” – The short answer is that there is no way to pull in Facebook feeds within DiscoverText unless you register and login with the “Connect with Facebook” option… until now!

We’ve received many requests for this, and I’m happy to announce that it is now possible to link an existing DiscoverText account to a Facebook account to allow the importation of Facebook pages and groups.

Now, there are three ways you can allow your Facebook account access for DiscoverText to import Facebook data on your behalf:

1) The traditional method of registering and authorizing your DiscoverText account via the “Connect with Facebook” button from the home or registration page (see the help wiki page for an overview). Of course, with this method, you’ll be creating a brand new DiscoverText account.

2) If (and only if) the Facebook email address you use to log into Facebook is the same as the email address on file for your DiscoverText account, click on the “Connect with Facebook” button on the home or registration page – this should allow you to directly link your Facebook account to your DiscoverText account.

and (3) – linking an existing DiscoverText account inside of DiscoverText to connect with Facebook. To do this, from the Import Data / Import Archive page, you will see a new feature to Connect with Facebook:

Clicking on this button will contact Facebook and ask it to authorize DiscoverText to connect with your Facebook account. If you are not already logged onto Facebook, you will see the familiar Facebook screen:

After logging into Facebook, if this is the first time you’ve allowed DiscoverText to link up with your Facebook account, Facebook will ask you to authorize DiscoverText to access your Facebook account on your behalf. This permissions are crucial to allowing your DiscoverText account to pull in Facebook feeds on your behalf, especially the “Access my data at any time” permission, which will allow scheduled feeds to fetch new data for you while you are not logged onto DiscoverText.

Finally, you’ll be sent back to the Import Data page, where you should now be able to access and import Facebook data:

We hope this new feature is helpful for you. As always, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact us!


About Mark J. Hoy

Texifter CTO Mark J. Hoy brings over 18 years of professional IT experience as well as over 28 years of programming hailing from a wide swath of areas including academic research, R&D for the defense industry and the Director of Programming for a graphic design and multimedia firm. Mark graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2007 with a Masters in Information Technology, Software Design and Management as well as in 2000 with a B.S. in Information and Decision Systems. When not poking around with the internals of DiscoverText, Mark keeps himself busy as an amateur guitarist for over 20 years and a tinkerer of all things.
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