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Facebook Invites Web Marketers to Free-For-All

opening up platform for widgets and sponsors.

     
9:21 pm on May 24, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Outsiders can now develop Internet services on Facebook's infrastructure, he explains, that will have full access to all its members.

The company will impose no limitations on what kinds of applications others can create, except that they be legal. Says Zuckerberg: "They can sell sponsorships, they can have ads, they can sell things, they can link off to another site - we are just agnostic."

[money.cnn.com...]

2:26 pm on May 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

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This is massive news... anyone got the inside story on how you get to develop for this platform? I've thought of a dozen good ideas since reading this so I can see a codefest coming on!
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"anyone got the inside story on how you get to develop for this platform?"

I think the APIs and documentations are at developer.facebook.com

2:43 pm on May 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

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there is so much buzz on the security implications of this release. Many people who have been pouring their little social hearts out into facebook are now getting cold feet, wondering if their personal conversations, connections, friendliness etc. are going to be freely available to strangers.

I don't have a conclusive answer. Best advice: if you don't want the entire world (potentially) to know that you once dated so-and-so and you belong to the "i wear bunny slippers" group, then you shouldn't be revealing that information to facebook, or to any other 3rd party.

I have fielded questions from people who are concerned about real-life implications of an active facebook life. for example, a domestic violence survivor, or someone at risk of violence from a known perpetrator; just being on there seems to announce "hi, I'm still alive, and I live in the same city as you". Scary for anyone who is threatened by a child abductor or something like.

these are valid fears... ones that may indicate "perhaps facebook isn't for you". But that in itself is sad - the implications of online social networking prevent "people at risk" from participating in all the normal, fun activities their friends do - it makes them a victim all over again.

the facebook API will no doubt produce a whole pile of spinoff mashups... as a developer I'm excited to see what comes out in the coming months. I may even try building something myself.

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agree with httpwebwitch,
so much of what is said there will come back to haunt them--for ages and ages. People may forget conversations, insults, stupid pictures etc., computers will not.
4:57 pm on May 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

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hmm

[developer.facebook.com...]

Select first_name, last_name, pic_big, hometown_location, current_location from user where sex = 'f'

begin stocking

Facebook has no idea what they're in for. Best of luck, I'm glad none of my info is up there.

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This would be very exciting.... if it worked. Which it doesn't.

I created an app, started building it, then it disappeared. Looks like it's happening to everybody. Ho hum.

Hey I guess at least that solves the privacy issue.

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wow wow wow

new wave of spam now. Expect MFA sites to include a list of college girls in that country > State > County > City or zip.

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From a quick scan of the docs it looks like you can only access data that would normally be available to the logged in user. So no downloading the complete facebook database for spam.

More here- [developer.facebook.com...]

9:38 pm on May 25, 2007 (gmt 0)

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All of a sudden my logs show hundreds of hot-links to my logo image, but no web page requests. "massive news" or not, unless we start so see real traffic, they will join the social network 403 club along with myspace.
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It's a bold move, and I hope they succeed, but I have some questions.

1) My stereotype of facebook - based on the facebook users I know - is of college girls talking about their love lives. Is this the right social group to launch new "social computing" applications?

2) How secure will the information be? Do they have sufficient safeguards to stop someone creating the world's biggest database of single available women? Or this is like giving a thief 5 of the 6 numbers on the combination lock to the bank vault?

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I've just spent the day building a new App for this... it's a fun platform to work for. Interesting how the viral nature of a new app is both supported and restricted - it's linked to a daily quota per person and per user.

With lots of users ... you could spread really fast - but until then, you are really limited by the number of people in your network.