by Charles Ying

FaceBook Platform In A Nutshell

May 24th, 2007

FaceBook released their new OS Platform this afternoon. It’s a big deal, but it’s hard to get a grasp on what the new changes are for developers.

Briefly, the FaceBook Platform extends the existing FaceBook API with:

  • A few new APIs, for setting FBML on a user’s profile.
  • A new FaceBook markup language, FBML, a subset of HTML with some FaceBook extensions. JavaScript and AJAX is not allowed per se (except via a Mock AJAX proxy), but Flash and SilverLight are.
  • An application directory for new FaceBook applications.

I’ll post later why you might think of this as “Windows 1.0 with deep social network integration”, and all the dangers and excitement that goes with it, but for now… you can read all the fun details and try out some FBML here: (until the main Developers page is updated).

FaceBook Platform Developers

More coverage: Facebook Launches Facebook Platform; They are the Anti-MySpace

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