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Facebook Announces Open Stream API

2:54 pm on Apr 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Facebook Announces Open Stream API [developers.facebook.com]
For the first time, we're opening the core Facebook product experience -- the stream -- with the new Facebook Open Stream API.

The home page design centralizes the stream of information that tells you what's going on right now in the world around you. With the Facebook Open Stream API users will be able to use applications to read and interact with their stream. As a Facebook developer you'll also be able to access the posts you've published into the stream and display them in your application, whether it's on a mobile device, Web site or desktop.

To enable developers to access the stream, we've built the Facebook Open Stream API to include the emerging Activity Streams standard. Over the last several months, we've been collaborating with the community, hosting meetups at Facebook headquarters, and speaking at industry events about Activity Streams and the open stack. We think that working alongside our peers to create an open standard for accessing and consuming streams is the future. We'll continue to make contributions to the standards community and related technologies and are happy to be one of the first companies to implement Activity Streams at scale.

3:47 pm on Apr 28, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Amazing, now the whole world will know that some friend of mine from high school that I haven't seen in 10 years published a comment on a photo of me uploaded by my friend in Toronto that I see one a year. Great. Can't wait for this API to be used for malicious aims, some spamming, some user info theft, some little phishing here and there. I sure hope there is good security measure built in to this. Off to Facebook to put all my security levels to the top.
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Wonder if they'll let me opt out. I'm not interested in my stuff being on that. I guess it comes with the turf...
6:03 am on May 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

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"Connect site can only access a user's view of the stream if the user gives the application permission."


Fifth paragraph from the end.


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