We regret to inform you that our wonderful FB Group Sync Tool is no longer available to new Value Addon customers. Unfortunately, facebook has decided to stop allowing access to their API’s that allow for the managing of facebook groups and their members. This doesn’t just affect us, but thousands of other developers all around the world.

The Good News:

If you’re an existing Value Addon customer who has already been using the FB Group Sync Tool successfully, then your group and your members will continue to be added and removed automatically untill October 17th 2016. At that time, Facebook will be deleting all API created groups and members access. This will give you some time to move your members out of that Value Addon managed group and into another group that you create.

The Bad News:

New Value Addon customers will not be able to use the FB Group Sync tool at all and existing customers will need to move their members out of that group or at least notify them that the group will be officially deleted on October 17th.

What is Value Addon doing about this change?

We are looking at other solutions that replace the similar functionality of Facebook Groups. We have been looking at commenting systems and forums however whatever we choose will have to be very simple to setup and easy to manage. Unfortunately, most forums and message boards systems are very complicated to setup, have low levels of interaction, and cost extra money. We will keep you updated on what tool we decide on when we figure this out.

*We will also be removing the FB Group Tool from our sales page and from the backend Site Owner Control Panel inside Value Addon.

While we’re sorry to see this feature go, we understand it’s part of running a software company and relying on 3rd-party APIs. This happens and we had access to this tool before anyone else for the past 3 years. We were the 1st company to bring this solution to the market and others followed.

We’ve always took pride in the fact that many of our features are the 1st to market and we continue to lead the pack with our simple platform and advanced features not found anywhere else.

  • David Shillito

    This is a bummer guys. Not your fault of course.

    You will agree that the discussion / comment thread history / archive is uber-valuable content, where the site owner AND esteemed members will have gone to great lengths to answer questions & display / evidence authority, knowledge & expert insight in literal mastermind threads.

    It seems all that juicy collateral & wisdom will be lost forever when FB nukes the API created groups

    I sure wish they would mitigate the damage of this decision by allowing the ‘porting’ of API created group content to a new regular group. Or as a minimum allowing the creation of a group via the regular means to be OF THE SAME NAME as the soon-to-be-nuked api created group.

    The name of my group is critical to match the site, so I’m not going to / cant start another of the same name – so may I ask how does one delete the API created group?

    I know you guys have our backs & you will be beavering away to integrate an alternative discussion option ASAP (I used to love those simple PHP driven forums, so clean & easy to admin)

    Again … THANK YOU!

    • When you talk of those simple PHP driven forums was that something ValueAddon was using before? Or are you simply talking about your previous use of such forums outside of ValueAddon?

      I myself would love to have some kind of forum. And really Facebook Groups I found inferior to forums in a number of different ways. Including the fact that a number of my customers totally refuse to use Facebook.

      The usability of a Facebook group simply cannot come close to matching that of a good forum.


      • David Shillito

        Hi Roger – I was only referring to my own experience of PHP driven forums, nothing to do with VAO

        I somewhat agree with you about FB groups & here’s my thinking …

        1) The zeitgeist on FB is ‘free’ and people may well already be members of several other (free) FB groups. Attaching a cost to something people are trained to get for free is often like nailing jelly to a mirror

        2) FB populate all groups with … keyword triggered ads for other groups

        3) As the volume of historical threads of Q&A grows, that body of imparted genius has more & more value – its IP. FB can (and as we are seeing here does) nuke all that with one click. You don’t own the record, the archive of your imparted moxie chops – FB does, and they value it at ZERO

        I would be hoping the guys at VAO are looking to replace the attached private group functionality as a PRIORITY as that feature was what sold many into VAO, me included

        If they can integrate / bolt on Disqus, they can bolt on a SIMPLE discussion forum. I know PHP is old hat, but for forums it worked soooo well. We need something clean, simple and URGENTLY please guys

        • I totally agree that some kind of forum functionality inside ValueAddon is super important.

          While we can get discussions with Disqus, I think some kind of basic forum where people can have their own threads and you can have sub forums would add EXTRA VALUE to Value Addon.

          I mean I basically want to have my coaching programs based largely around forums. I’m not relishing trying to integrate an outside forum into Value Addon.

          It would be MUCH better if it was a built in feature. Hence the reason for using Value Addon the ease of use and time saved not having to be a webmaster.


          • David Shillito

            Other than the sub-forums, I’m with you Roger

            One thing I like about the VAO guys is they understand things need to be simple. If your model NEEDS the creation, moderation & administration of multiple sub forums, I dont think VAO is the place mate. I want ONE simple, clean forum where everyone can ask & answer questions & see everything written by all

            Sure hope they get their finger out on this – Captcha is great n all but it’s rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic when the current forum bolt-on is doomed

          • Well without the ability to have sub forums it seems to me that you really wouldn’t even need a forum. You might be able to get away with just using the Disqus comments.

            Sub forums in my experience are not complicated at all. It’s just like a different category on a blog. I don’t see how that overly complicates things.

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  • Frank Farrell

    I am not a member of the VAO family yet, but that will change very soon. Have you folks looked at http://www.groupsite.com/ as a replacement for the FB integration feature? To be clear I have no affiliation with them but am aware of them and hope that maybe they can work with you to provide a service to us.