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socialize.getFriendsInfo

Last modified 08:50, 19 Mar 2014

Description

Returns information about friends of the current user. This method supports getting either basic or extended information for all or some of the user's friends. The method will return the user's friends from all the connected providers which support friends feature.

Important Notes:
Retrieving the list of friends from the different providers may be a lengthy operation, depending on the number of friends and the performance of each provider. Gigya begins retrieving the list to its cache immediately after the user logs in but if you call this method too soon after the login, the friends list may not be available yet. In this case the server will return statusCode 100 and errorCode 100001 which means: "Data pending". You may wait a while and retry the call or modify your application flow to not require this information immediately after the user logs in.
Please note, that since retreiving friends list is a lengthy operation, Gigya caches the friends list for 24 hours or until a successful login.

 

Supporting Providers

This operation currently supported by the following providers: Facebook, TwitterYahoo, Microsoft MessengerLinkedInOrkut, Google+FourSquare, Renren, Kaixin, Vkontakte, mixi, YahooJapan, Skyrock, Xing.

Note - Our definition of a 'friend' in Twitter, is a person who is both a 'follower' and in 'following' list of the current user.

 

Request URL

http[s]://socialize.gigya.com/socialize.getFriendsInfo

 

Parameters

Required Name Type Description
Required* UIDstringThe unique ID of the user, with which this method call is associated. This is the UID you receive from Gigya after a successful login of this user.
* The UID parameter is required when you call this method through one of the following interfaces: PHP SDK, Java SDK, NET SDK or if you are using the REST API directly with Gigya's proprietary authorization method.
* The UID parameter is not required when you call this method through one of the following interfaces: Android SDK, iOS SDK or if you are using an external OAuth2 SDK.
Note: If you are using account linking then the UID would be your site user ID. To learn more about Social Login with account linking (best practice), please refer to the Social Login Implementation guide.
Optional detailLevel string This field indicates whether to get basic or extended information about each friend. See the "Friend object" page for details on which fields are included for each detail level.

Allowed values are:
basic - Basic detail level. This is the default.
extended - Extended detail level.

  UIDs string A comma separated list of UIDs of friends of the current user to get the information for.
Note: If both friends and UIDs are missing the method will return all the friends of the current user.
  siteUsersOnly Boolean If the parameter is set to true then only the friends which are also site users are returned. The default value of this parameter is false.
  enabledProviders string A comma-delimited list of provider names to include in the method execution. This parameter gives the possibility to apply this method only to a subset of providers of your choice. If you do not set this parameter, by default all the providers are enabled (i.e. the method applies to all connected providers).
For example, if you would like the method to apply only to Facebook and Twitter, define: enabledProviders: "facebook, twitter".
Valid provider names include: 'facebook', 'twitter', 'yahoo', 'messenger', 'linkedin', 'orkut', 'googleplus''foursquare', 'renren', 'kaixin',  'vkontakte', 'mixi', 'yahoojapan','skyrock', 'xing'.
  disabledProviders string A comma-delimited list of provider names to exclude in the method execution. This parameter gives the possibility to specify providers to which that you don't want this method to apply. If you do not set this parameter, by default no provider is disabled (i.e. the method applies to all connected providers).
For example, if you would like the method to apply to all providers except Google+ and Twitter, define: disabledProviders: "googleplus, twitter".
Valid provider names include: 'facebook', 'twitter', 'yahoo', 'messenger', 'linkedin', 'orkut', 'googleplus''foursquare', 'renren', 'kaixin',  'vkontakte', 'mixi', 'yahoojapan', 'skyrock', 'xing'.
  requiredCapabilities string A comma separated list of any of the following capabilities: Login, Notifications, Actions, Friends, Status, Photos, Contacts. Only friends that belong to providers that support all the required capabilities will be returned.
  cid string A string of maximum 100 characters length. The CID sets categories for transactions that can be used later for filtering reports generated by Gigya in the "Context ID" combo box. The CID allows you to associate the report information with your own internal data. For example, to identify a specific widget or page on your site/application. You should not define more than 100 different context IDs.
  format string Determines the format of the response. This parameter is required when using the REST API directly, and irrelevant when using one of our SDKs. The options are:
  • json
  • jsonp - if the format is jsonp then you are required to define a callback method (see parameter below).
  • xml (default) - Deprecated. We do not support XML format anymore, but it is the default due to backwards compatibility. Please set the format parameter to either json or jsonp.
  callback string This parameter is relevant only when the format parameter is set to jsonp (see above). In such case this parameter should define the name of the callback method to be called in the response, along with the jsonp response data.
  httpStatusCodes Boolean The default value of this parameter is false, which means that the HTTP status code in Gigya's response is always 200 (OK), even if an error occurs. The error code and message is given within the response data (see below). If this parameter is set to true, the HTTP status code in Gigya's response would reflect an error, if occurs.

 

Authorization Parameters

Each REST API request must contain identification and authorization parameters.

Please refer to the Authorization Parameters section for details. 

 

Response Data

Field Type Description
errorCode integer The result code of the operation. Code '0' indicates success, any other number indicates failure. For a complete list of error codes, see the Error Codes table.
errorMessage string A short textual description of an error, associated with the errorCode, for logging purposes. This field will appear in the response only in case of an error.
errorDetails string This field will appear in the response only in case of an error and will contain the exception info, if available.
callId string Unique identifier of the transaction, for debugging purposes.
friends JSON Array of Friend objects (See the example JSON below), corresponding to the list of friends of the current user on all the social networks to which the user is connected. If the 'UIDs' input parameters is provided in the function call, only the specified friends are retrieved. 

Note: A field that does not contain data, will not appear in the response.
 

 

Response Example

{
        "friends": [{
            "UID": "00",
            "isSiteUser": false,
            "isSiteUID": false,
            "identities": [{
                "provider": "facebook",
                "providerUID": "00000",
                "isLoginIdentity": false,
                "nickname": "Baba",
                "photoURL": "http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-snc4/00.jpg",
                "thumbnailURL": "http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-snc4/00.jpg"}],
            "nickname": "Baba",
            "photoURL": "http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-snc4/00.jpg",
            "thumbnailURL": "http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-snc4/00.jpg"
        }],
        "statusCode": 200,
        "errorCode": 0,
        "statusReason": "OK",
        "callId": "e2b7c39de36541b4940087d66d4c1d77"
    }
}
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