Add Facebook posts to your blog with new embedded posts function

This week Facebook rolled out the ability to embed posts on third-party websites.

Just as you might embed a tweet or an Instagram photo on your blog, you can now grab a snippet of code and add public Facebook posts.

To start with, the social network is partnering with a small group of sites - Bleacher Report, CNN, Huffington Post, Mashable and People - but plans a broader rollout soon. To add, you would have to click on the arrow on the top right of a post and select the "Embed Post" option. A box with embed code will appear, which you can paste into your website or blog.

The option only works for public posts, which are designated by a globe icon next to the time stamp.

After perusing a few posts on the CNN and Huffington Post Facebook pages, it did not appear that the embed option was live just yet. But when it does appear, embedded posts will appear on your site just as they do on Facebook. Facebook users can then Like or share a post directly from your site, Like or Follow the author of the shared post, or navigate to the original post on Facebook.

If an embedded post is subsequently made private, a message will inform people that the content is no longer available. There are no customisation options as of yet, the posts appearing as they do on Facebook.

Facebook-owned Instagram added web embedding last month, but Twitter first unveiled embeddable tweets in December 2011; its Vine video service added web embedding in March this year.