Collecting Twitter handles from users is straightforward: create a custom field, ask for the handle. But collecting links to Facebook or LinkedIn profiles is more tedious, since most people don't remember their shortlinks offhand, and probably even more people aren't even aware that they can choose a shortlink in the first place. Thus, their profiles have long, immemorable URLs like
We want to be able to link to these pages from membership directories, participant reports, and so on, but the challenge for the membership manager is how to collect them efficiently.
We encouraged with one group for people to add the URL of their LinkedIn or Facebook profile as a "website" field, but there was little or no uptake. Worse, we felt it disrupted the membership application process by sending someone not only offsite, but to a distracting social network where they might forget about their signup.
Is there an extension or other mechanism whereby someone could click, on a profile, click on a button and have their profile ID for either service entered? Or on the flip side, is there any way for a profile to pull Facebook or LinkedIn information, so that data like name, email address, employer, and birthdate could be pre-populated during event or membership registration?
To clarify, the ultimate goal is to allow members to provide a link to their Facebook and LinkedIn profiles on a "member profile" page on a Drupal site, though a CMS-agnostic solution would naturally be preferable. It does not have to be the Fb shortcut; the unique user ID number is fine and even preferable; it just needs to be someone we can use to create a URL that a button can link to.
Importing OAuth information from the CMS seems to be the way to go, though this complicates matters when trying to list people who do not want to use delegated authentication on the site.