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SE Cloud updates: LinkedIn, lightbox, and REST API beta

Hey all. SocialEngine Cloud is now about 2 months old and it’s really starting to take shape! We rolled out some new features and improvements today:

LinkedIn sign-in

Thanks to the awesome people at Singly, LinkedIn login is now available on all SE Cloud sites. Setup is pretty easy – just visit the LinkedIn settings page in your admin panel and follow the instructions there. Once that’s setup, your visitors should see a LinkedIn login option on your site. We haven’t implemented publishing to LinkedIn, but that’s coming soon. We’ll be using Singly to add more login options in the near future. Which do you want to see first?


Lightbox post viewer

If you have a photo-centric site, you may want to let your members casually scroll through your feed and click on items without losing their place. You can now do this by turning on the new lightbox-style post viewer. The Board theme now comes with this turned on by default. If you want to enable this on your site, you can add the “data-gallery-mode” parameter to the Feed widget. Note: If you can’t get it working on your site, you may need to reset your theme – just be sure to download a backup first.

SocialEngine Cloud API

Here’s the big one. We’ve rolled out the first beta version of our SE Cloud REST API. You can find your API key on the “Site Info” area of your admin panel, and the API docs are here. I’d like to reiterate that this is a read-only BETA. It’s very limited – we’ll be adding much more in the coming weeks. I wouldn’t recommend putting a ton of energy into building something for production just yet. The real goal here is to get your feedback on how we can make the API work for you. We are taking a very focused, community-driven approach to developing this API. Comment below with your development ideas and what you think you’ll need from the API to make them happen.



  1. Zach
    Posted December 4, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    wow look at all the cool sh*t you guys are doing for SE Cloud and all we get is a measly upgrade to overhauls for search and messaging………….whoopy doo!!

    Looks like drupal is the way to go sadly….

  2. Posted December 4, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Permalink

    If we’re not going to develop an external application, It seems like we can only use Javascript to work with the API within SE Cloud! We can’t have PHP codes in SE Cloud. right? so we should host the PHP App in another server and write another API for that App to connect with the SE Cloud.

    So Javascript in SE Cloud or External App. is that your approach to use this API?

  3. Posted December 4, 2012 at 9:39 pm | Permalink

    I guess the API is focused on external applications, not for developing within SE Cloud.

  4. freddy24
    Posted December 4, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Permalink

    Go for Vbulletin 5 – it’s everything that SEphp is but tons faster and way better…

  5. saii
    Posted December 5, 2012 at 12:03 am | Permalink

    Its completely BULLSHIT – where all the sites have Fb and other signin a log back – These LAZY GOOZES r now updating it as a big achivements – U lazy socialengine developers-GET A LIFE AND SEE whats happening latestly around the world……huh

  6. saii
    Posted December 5, 2012 at 12:39 am | Permalink

    I really dont understand….what so wow…….well…its so complicated inspite u putting money—outdated stuff…..huh—bullshit work socialengine is

  7. saii
    Posted December 5, 2012 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    i bet………vbulletin is far more better than socialengine…..

  8. Posted December 5, 2012 at 1:14 am | Permalink

    Hey Alex. Congrats about API!
    Any news about accounts for developers?

  9. SocialEngineMarket
    Posted December 5, 2012 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    Looks good so far! But are you planning to add any tools to integrate custom apps with SE Cloud website itself? I’m talking about hooks, any abilities to add controls to native elements (feed, for example), proxies (to be able to create hosted plugin – for example Extended Search – and give it url like instead of and so on.

    API you’ve released is good for integrations but useless in terms of extending SE Cloud website functionality.

    We’re receiving requests from our (and your, of course) clients to add some functionality to their website and in most cases it’s not possible at the moment, except on very minor layout customisations. So, I hope, you’ll give us ability to add some features to the SE Cloud soon :)

  10. SE PHP best..
    Posted December 5, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

    $33/month for Social engine.

    Is this the same price for ever??


    will social engine charge in future for addons plugins??? and force us to use plugins they create and not add as a naddons??

    PLEASE reply.. DREW(Since your a community manager, I expect some relaible and matured words from you.) or ALEX(I dont expect good thing form you but just trying… )

  11. sebas77
    Posted December 5, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

    poor Alex :)

  12. ShaunHarding
    Posted December 5, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    For anyone having trouble connecting to the API, be sure to check out the API Access section of the documentation:

  13. Posted December 5, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    congrats on rolling out apis..looking forward for stable version :)

  14. Posted December 6, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    I hope development of SE Cloud will not slow down SEv4 development progress.

  15. tim
    Posted December 7, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    Thank you. This update is completely useless. Nobody wants the data *from* SE. We’re desperate to add in our own data/code.

  16. Posted December 7, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Permalink

    Congrats! It is great start for SE Cloud API! There still a huge amount of “must have” features for API, like:
    – Hooks for various events: user signup, login, deletion, new friendship, joining to an event, group, etc.
    – API to manage widgets, menu items, pages

    Anyway it is great that you have released API, now just waiting for accounts for developers with option play in sandbox.

  17. Guest
    Posted December 8, 2012 at 5:55 am | Permalink

    Wow – everything we ever asked for in SEphp.

  18. skidpics
    Posted December 8, 2012 at 5:56 am | Permalink

    LOL. What development? There is more money for the future in Cloud…

  19. skidpics
    Posted December 8, 2012 at 5:57 am | Permalink

    Did someone request vbulletin to see if they could write an importer?

  20. skidpics
    Posted December 8, 2012 at 5:58 am | Permalink

    Once they have an importer for SEphp, for $33/month. that;’s not bad.

  21. Morne
    Posted December 10, 2012 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Zach you are wrong, they provide tons of extra bugs with each SEphp update :)

  22. Zach
    Posted December 10, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Permalink

    BAHAHAHAHAHA… true, my bad forgot that not one of the upgraded to the core actually went through smoothly.

  23. SolutionResponse
    Posted December 10, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    What a huge load of crap! Where is SE4’s API! Get ready SE4 peeps, this is just the beginning of the demise of the SE4 platform. I found so many issues with all kinds of core functionality in SE4 and after years of tinkering and testing, they throw attitude or act aloof in their dealings with support issues that they make you pay for and dont respond in time, hence, you continue to pay for horrible support. I am highly disappointed in SE4, years of $$$$ spent on this system. Its a waste of money purchasing SE4 and the cloud system is a joke for the cost.

  24. SolutionResponse
    Posted December 10, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    This is STUPID!

  25. SolutionResponse
    Posted December 10, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    What about SE4 API?

  26. makkkkkkkk
    Posted December 10, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    What are you, 3 years old?

  27. makkkkkkkk
    Posted December 10, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    Then go there.. what da hell are you doing here?

  28. makkkkkkkk
    Posted December 10, 2012 at 10:13 pm | Permalink

    And for some reason here you are, on the socialengine site.

  29. saii
    Posted December 11, 2012 at 1:58 am | Permalink


  30. SE PHP best..
    Posted December 17, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Permalink

    Why no reply? … why is there no transperacy in information? why always ripping off? the question is very simple.

  31. Joel
    Posted December 18, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Permalink

    i would like delet my Test Account, pleas help me

  32. Posted December 20, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    I am building a web app on MS Azure. What I’d like to do is have the social app be the primary entry point with a login to the Azure server app plus a separate login to an HTML5 client.
    Users would have to login to the social site with their credentials and be able to manage their server data by opening the Azure app by passing their credentials through to Azure. Like wise logging in to the HTML5 app would also pass their credential to the client HLML5 app.
    Does this scenario sound feasible using your cloud system?
    Thanks, Mark.

  33. Posted December 21, 2012 at 6:01 am | Permalink

    What about us ?you 1st faithful SEV4 customers why is out product not been improved with the same?

  34. test
    Posted December 23, 2012 at 4:01 am | Permalink

    test it

  35. skidpics
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Permalink

    SePHP – Anyone else experiencing the icon just spinning in the activity feed when trying to add photos? 4.2.9 – my users are reporting this.

  36. skidpics
    Posted December 26, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    Ahhh- the html gzip compression messes things up.

  37. sebas77
    Posted December 27, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    For the next SocialEngine PHP update: please fix/finish your work on resource comments. Last update made a mess out of them! If you really want to improve it, copy from facebook (or disqus)

  38. StudioX
    Posted January 1, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    Hi, if someone use the SocialEngine illegally how can we report it?

  39. Ego
    Posted January 1, 2013 at 6:35 pm | Permalink

    Hello, I purchased an SEphp license about a month ago. It turns out that I should have read these reviews on SE first.

    Now, i noticed many bugs with the Edit links on admin panel. I cannot
    edit ANYTHING on my installation as the links dont work. I have reported
    this repeatedly to get support from the SE team. Yet, they (Richard
    especially) wont provide any help. Instead, it seems they want me to pay
    to resolve their bugs. Is this right?? I’m absolutely shocked right now
    at the treatment from SE and i’ve sent several emails with screeenshots
    only to receive unhelpful responses.

    Has anyone faced this
    issue before? Please advise on whether i should dump the entire software
    and buy the vBulletin license. I’m going to keep on sending the emails
    requesting support to SE hoping for a resolution.

    Very very disappointed that SE turned out to be such a difficult experience.

  40. freddy24
    Posted January 1, 2013 at 7:23 pm | Permalink

    I’m here makkkkkkkk because I paid heaps for this crap software and I want some answers from SE about what they intend to do to fix the endless problems people are experiencing with SEphp 4.2.9!!!

  41. Posted January 3, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    try buddypress have been using it for months now after leaving S.E it’s so much more reliable and speed is fantastic

  42. Zach
    Posted January 3, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    I actually going to try drupal. All the plugins we pay for on here are free there! support is amazing too and its scalable….BOL with buddypress.

  43. Posted January 5, 2013 at 5:09 am | Permalink

    Any news on language traslation like spanish?

    Posted January 6, 2013 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Is there a reason why the embed videos doesn’t work with Vimeo on Apple Devices (iPad, iPhone, and iPod)
    If we manually use embed codes the Vimeo video will show up and play. But
    if we upload a video using “Post a Video” it doesnt show at all.
    What’s the matter with the Video Plugin?

  45. sebas77
    Posted January 7, 2013 at 3:56 am | Permalink

    When are you going to open the PHP demo?! Currently we cannot register!

  46. benjaminmcavoy
    Posted January 8, 2013 at 12:48 am | Permalink

    Social Engine has gone on holidays for 6 months…… you will not get an answer here..! Keep dreaming, take a look at other social networks before you decide to purchase this one.! Looking at all of these post’s and comments etc…… Not one response from social network at all. Shame on you SE4

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