Facebook f8 Dev Conference: Just Like Heaven?

April 22, 2010

9:55 am

On Wednesday the Facebook’s Developers Conference f8 took place and was streamed live via livesteam. Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, announced several new features including: one step permissions, saved caches, Facebook currency (Credits), and the social graph (Open Graph protocol). A breakdown of the Open Graph and Facebook connect by Bret Taylor, CEO and Programmer of FriendFeed, reveals several new social plugins:

  • the iframe, a one line HTML code for websites that allows instant social integration
  • recommendations, personal recommendations through social friend feeds
  • an improved facebook connect, one that will include friend profile pictures to encourage sign-ins
  • the social bar, a bar that runs on the bottom of a site which includes the functions: like, an activity stream, and chat; an “all-in-one social experience”
  • the Graph API, the ability to track and download lists of profiles, friends, likes, and more

Partnerships with YelpPandora, and Microsoft will undoubtedly boost social virality. Although Facebook announced the adoption of the Initiative for Open AuTHentication (OATH) 2.0, will this be enough to protect a hacker attack on personal privacy?

Zuckerburg concluded the keynote with an old saying that says:

“When you go to heaven, all of your friends are there and everything is just the way you want it to be. So, together, let’s make a world that’s that good.”

Images from conference can be found below:

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Jeff Tong is a social media strategist in Washington DC and has been a long-time contributor at Tech Cocktail. You'll find Jeff at tech events, foodie hangouts, and possibly snorkeling somewhere tropical. Contact Jeff online at @gundamwing4132 or jefftong@tech.co.

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