Industry leaders will flock to San Francisco next week for the Inside Social Apps conference. Doug Purdy, Facebook’s director of platform products, will be on hand, as well, conducting a fireside chat with Inside Network Founder Justin Smith at the conference, June 6 at the Hilton San Francisco in Union Square. Purdy, who helps shape the way users interact with applications for a customized Facebook experience, will discuss the latest in mobile app discovery, as well as how Facebook’s Open Graph is evolving.
Facebook held three Facebook Mobile DevCon 2013 events in New York (April 18), London (May 2), and Seoul (May 7), and the social network is making slides from the various sessions and videos available for mobile developers who couldn’t make the events.
People are increasingly engaging with Facebook-connected applications such as Pandora, Nike+, and Endomondo. They want to be able to tell more stories using these apps, but they also desire more control over how the apps post to Facebook and what information is accessed. On the eve of the Facebook platform’s sixth anniversary, the company discussed how it has brought third-party developers into the fold and what’s next for Facebook-connected apps.
Even a casual Facebook user can see that the site has changed dramatically over the past year. On Thursday, Facebook’s developers team took some time to reflect on some of the highlights that made the social network what it is today.
Facebook touted the success of the Aug. 23 release of Facebook 5.0 for iOS, saying that one-half of its users on that platform updated their applications within four days, and adding that the app’s average rating in the iTunes App Store rose from 1.5 stars prior to the launch of the new version to four stars currently.