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Facebook Opens Up …

by Sachin Balagopalan on February 6, 2009 · 1 comment

Facebook today launched several new API’s for their development platform and in the process made it a whole lot easier to share data from their core modules. Third party developers are now going to be able to pull in Status, Notes, Links and Videos from FB into their apps. That’s huge and IMO the Status API is probably going to have the biggest impact with third party developers. I can already envision an iPhone app - developed by a third party developer - that will look like Twittelator or Twitterrific except instead of following your friends on Twitter you can find out what your friends are up to on Facebook and update your own status as well. Give the current iPhone FB app a run for their money. BTW that thing sucks and a lot of folks use the web version instead - anyway I digress!

Specifically, your applications can now directly access all of a user’s status, links, and notes via new methods and FQL calls. Your application will have access to any status, notes, or links from the active user or their friends that are currently visible to the active user. In addition, we’re opening new APIs for you to post links, create notes, or upload videos for the current user, and we’ve made setting a user’s status easier.

It may seem like a page taken out of Twitter’s play book and some are even suggesting the demise of Twitter. However IMO I don’t think that’s going to happen. Third party developers can come up with all sorts of creative ways to utilize the new API’s and I’m sure we’re going to see some really cool apps. But at the end of the day it’s still “Facebooking” and not Twittering. There is a difference between the two and it may be subtle to some people. When you’re on Facebook it’s all about socializing in the true sense. There is no point being a passive “Facebooker” because you might just as well not exist. When your friend updates their status or posts a link or video it’s almost hard not to participate by not commenting or posting a similar link or video and solicit your own comments and opinions. In addition to that you have all those applications inside Facebook … you can play chess or scrabble with your friends or send someone a virtual beverage or cocktail. It’s all about having virtual fun and being social. Twitter on the other hand is designed for following and you can be as passive as you want and still stay relevant. Facebook is like being at a party with a lot of noise and activity whereas with Twitter it’s like being at a conference and choosing what breakout sessions or tracks you want to attend or follow.

So in a nutshell …. Twitter killer? No way, not a chance. But for the Facebook community it’s going to be great because we’ll start seeing all kinds of Facebook integration with other apps taking place.


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Sommerset 02.08.09 at 9:40 pm

Is not a twitter killer…
But peoples spend more time in front of facebook xD
More API's ? more hours

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