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    Social API

    Using one social network API is easy. But using multiple ones throughout your app, is not only is tedious, but very frustrating due to each API being soooo different from one another. The response objects, the methods, the parameters, everything.

    This library aims to make things easier for you by giving you a common interface for each social network API. Each network's API can be accessed using the same method names and response objects that follow the same schema.

    Supports the following APIs:

    • Facebook
    • Tumblr
    • Twitter
    • Instagram
    • Vine

    Feature Roadmap

    Each API will have a standard way of achieving the following with simple javascript methods. The goal is for each network interface to follow a hard standard--having the same response format, method signature, and error handling. Here are the features that either have been completed or will be in the next few weeks.

    Feature Facebook Tumblr Twitter Instagram Vine
    API loading Supported Supported Supported Supported Supported
    User logins Supported
    Permissions Supported
    Login Status
    User Tokens
    User Posts
    User Profiles



    You can pass a standardized set of options to each API:

    Parameter Type Description Default Required?
    appId String The application ID supplied by the network Yes
    version String The api version to use Yes
    apiKey String The application key used to access the network's API No
    apiSecret String The application secret used to access the network's API No

    Certain networks allow additional options outside of the ones we support. You can also pass these as options also. Please see the documentation of the network to find out which addition options properties you can to pass.

    import {Facebook} from 'social-api-import';
    let fb = new Facebook({appId: 'MyAP33IYEK3y'});


    This method allows you to lazily load the api of any social network. It will inject and load any scripts that are required to use the API. It also returns a promise that is the API object of the network.

    The following example uses Facebook, but you can also follow this same pattern for each of the other network interfaces (Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Vine, etc);

    import {Facebook} from 'social-api-import';
    let fb = new Facebook({appId: 'MyAP33IYEK3y'});
    fb.load().then(function (FB) {
        // API loaded! Now, do something with the FB object


    Use this method to log a user into any social network to retrieve the user's access token. You will need this token to make API calls.


    Parameter Type Description Default Required?
    permissions Array The permissions to request from the user when logging in [] No


    Passing a array of pre-determined permissions to the login() method will map to the appropriate permissions to the specific social network you've requested. Here's an example using the Facebook social network.

    // request permissions to create posts for the user, read the user's posts, and read their connection's profiles.
    var permissions = ['createPosts', 'readPosts', 'readFriendProfiles'];
        permissions: permissions
    }).then(() => {
        // user has logged in allowing the specified permissions

    Generally permissions follow the CRUD methodology when manipulating persistent data. The following are all permissions currently available which applies to all social networks available in this package.

    Permission Description
    createPost Create posts on behalf of the user.
    readPosts Read the user's posts.
    updatePosts Update the user's posts (if social network allows it).
    deletePosts Remove a user's posts (if social network allows it).
    readProfile Read a user's profile information.
    readFriendProfiles Read profiles of the user's friends.


    The login() method will return a promise that will resolve with an object with the following properties when the user has completed the login flow.

    Property Type Description
    accessToken String The user token
    accessTokenSecret String The user token secret
    userId String The id of the user
    expiresAt Date The date (and time) the user's token will expire
    Facebook.login().then((data) => {
        // user has logged in allowing the specified permissions
        console.log(data.accessToken, 'The user token');
        console.log(data.accessTokenSecret, 'The user token secret');
        console.log(data.userId, 'The id of the user');
        console.log(data.expiresAt, 'When token expires');

    Login Caveats

    1. Facebook requires you to call login() after a user interaction, like a click on a button for instance. If you attempt to call login() without a user interaction, most browsers will block it.
    2. Twitter, most of the time, will require you to go into your application settings for your app and enable the "Allow this application to be used to Sign in with Twitter?" option.


    All pull requests are welcome!


    To run tests:

    npm test


    npm i social-api-import

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