What Are You Up To Facebook?

Last modified on January 28th, 2008

This is a rather interesting move made by Facebook. Apparently on Friday they announced a new javascript library that would let you put Facebook applications on your own web page.

Facebook announced Friday a new JavaScript client library that will allow Facebook apps to be displayed on any website.

The client library allows users to make Facebook API calls from any web site and create Ajax Facebook applications on that website.

Wei Zhu from Facebook explains the benefits:

Since the library does not require any server-side code on your server, you can now create a Facebook application that can be hosted on any web site that serves static HTML. An application that uses this client library should be registered as an iframe type. This applies to either iframe Facebook apps that users access through the Facebook web site or apps that users access directly on the app’s own web sites. Almost all Facebook APIs are supported.

I find this very interesting for several reasons. The first of which is that I’ve recently read a lot of articles talking about how blogs are really one of the largest social networks in existence. While Facebook makes it obvious, our blogs basically represent who we are, our abilities, and our interests. We have implied relationships (like friends) on our blogs thanks to our blog rolls and the people we link to frequently. But, unlike our Facebook pages, we have the ability to customize our blogs and really take control of our little space on the internet. Moving from their sandbox social network out into the real-world is a really interesting play.

Also, since you need a developer API key to use the Facebook APIs and you can only get one by being a member on Facebook, it opens up a lot more opportunities for Facebook to data mine everyone for advertising purposes.

I for one will not be putting Facebook on my blog, but I think it’s an interesting idea that may rattle the cage a bit.

2 responses to “What Are You Up To Facebook?”

  1. Dan says:

    I’ve been following this for a little while now… Something I’ve thought about as being extremely useful with regards to this is for new applications or new websites that will essentially be self-contained but want to have unified logins and user data. Facebook as a platform, to me, because of it’s success and it’s ever-growing scope and usability makes for a near-perfect unified user-profile solution compared to other start-ups like MS’ passport and openID that have had little-to-no success in the wild. This is a great opportunity for facebook to push a real, usable alternative.

    I share many of the same concerns as you do with regards to privacy, and admittedly I know very little about the facebook API and whether or not it requires user information to go both ways, but I think for _certain things, this could a Huge opportunity for application/site developers in Canada/the UK.

  2. Mostly Lisa says:

    nope. never. not on my blog! blog > fb.

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