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Is anyone else doing custom FB tabs for Facebook? I'd love to get some ideas bouncing around about how to better leverage these custom tabs. I'm also interested in learning how to develop FB apps if anyone wants to start a Hack Night kind of group to play.

Here's my latest attempt

Tags: FBML, Facebook, Facebook Pages

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Those pages look pretty sharp so far. They definitely carry through the feel of Ballet Des Moines' main website.

I'm still thinking about my first attempt at doing some custom FBML for the Catchfire Media page.
I haven't yet myself but I just saw Suntrust do this with their Live Solid campaign. They have multiple custom apps, one of which encourages interaction with your friends: it's an item/service swap. I found that interesting because it's an out-of-the-box way of spreading the campaign.

The Ballet Des Moines pages look great btw!

I'd love to learn how to develop FB apps. I'm in for hack night. ; )
Nice work, Ben.

I'd be open to working in a Hack Night to go over customization (Branding) of social media apps. This would definitely work into that subject. While Twitter is pretty easy, FB and Blogs are a little more technically challenging. I'd love to get some minds together to discuss...

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Do you write them with PHP? I thought I heard something about facebook having it's own version of HTML too. I'm just starting to program so forgive me! I think that's what I found to make a little widget that lets you invite your friends to join your fan page.
FB does have a proprietary language called FBML (Facebook Markup language). Here's their developer area: http://developers.facebook.com/

The app I've been using to develop customized tabs is called Static FBML: http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=4949752878
Thanks Ben that's perfect. : ) I'll start digging around there.
That is fantstic Ben! I didn't know FB allowed the ability to be so creative on the ABOUT US Tab. I would be eager to learn how you did this. FB Fan pages are completely amazing. I was lucky enough to stumble upon (yes, I realize the pun) one which inspired me to start one of my own...I figured I would MAYBE get 100 Fans...now I have 1100. Crazy!
We have a few examples at Meredith that I'm happy to share:

http://www.facebook.com/parentsmagazine?v=app_95367936145
http://www.facebook.com/mybhg?v=app_194186236239
http://www.facebook.com/mymixingbowl?v=app_96790129685

I wish I could take the fbml credit but these were actually done by a third party we work with. :)
I use FB tabs currently on one of my personal projects, but I'm looking for an excuse to include a few for my job with The City of Ankeny. It's difficult because I feel like I shouldn't mirror directly what is on the City's web site. We still want to drive traffic there. But at the same time, content is king and we want to share as much of our information as possible.
Tom - I had the same issue when i was working with Grinnell Chamber - how to bring the organization's brand and info into FB without just repeating the content. I tried to mash it up and hit the high points and came up with this; http://www.facebook.com/GrinnellChamber?v=app_7146470109&ref=ts.

I'm still not sure it works, but I think all FB biz pages need a landing tab to explain what to expect and what to do next for users (hit the like button!).

I really like the Theater Hopper tabs - I assume the Store tab is not FBML, but an app?

Ben

Tom Brazelton said:
I use FB tabs currently on one of my personal projects, but I'm looking for an excuse to include a few for my job with The City of Ankeny. It's difficult because I feel like I shouldn't mirror directly what is on the City's web site. We still want to drive traffic there. But at the same time, content is king and we want to share as much of our information as possible.
Yes, the Store tab is actually an application called Storenvy that draws content from the "parent" site located here. I just switched it on today and love how organized it is!

That's a great idea to promote an About Us page as your organization's Facebook landing page. I had similar thoughts, but having a few reference links to convince the powers that be never hurts! Thanks!
Tom,
I am currently trying to come up with ideas on how to use tabs with the Polk City Fire Department, which I think faces some of the challenges you do with Ankeny. I'll be interested to see what you come up with, or if you ever want to bounce some ideas back and forth, let me know. I've got a couple things in mind, just need to think through them first and see what my chief likes.

Tom Brazelton said:
I use FB tabs currently on one of my personal projects, but I'm looking for an excuse to include a few for my job with The City of Ankeny. It's difficult because I feel like I shouldn't mirror directly what is on the City's web site. We still want to drive traffic there. But at the same time, content is king and we want to share as much of our information as possible.

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