Starting Oct. 2, applications on Facebook will no longer be able to use its application-programming interfaces to post stories directly to the walls of users’ friends, the social network announced in a post on its developer blog.
After Facebook revoked access to its data from Russian search engine Yandex’s Wonder iOS application last week, Yandex announced that it will pull Wonder from Apple’s App Store and put the social discovery app on hold.
In recent days, Facebook has been cutting off data access to applications that have been using it in ways that either compete with or replicate what the social network does — first with Voxer, then Wonder, and most recently Vine. Facebook Director of Platform Partnerships and Operations Justin Osofsky clarified his company’s stance with regard to sharing data. In essence, apps that allow users to share data back to Facebook are OK, while those that do not violate the site’s platform policy.
Mobile applications and websites that choose to restrict access to their content based on users’ ages can now so do via Facebook’s graph application-programming interface, the social network announced in a post on its developer blog.
When Facebook announced its global pages initiative in October, it promised page administrators that it would provide country-level analytics, such as like totals and people talking about this, via its graph application-programming interface and FQL. The social network has begun to deliver on that promise.
Developers were pleased with Thursday’s improvements to Facebook’s Graph API, which allows them to access data in the social graph quicker and easier. Facebook updated field expansion and made a tweak to pagination.
The past few weeks have been difficult for Facebook as the company has battled with errors in the Platform that are causing like and share buttons to have issues. Approximately two weeks ago the company acknowledged the issue and then thought it was resolved. However the Like button bug has now been reopened and there are two like bugs with high priorities.
Last Thursday we hosted a webinar with Matt Kelly of Facebook who discussed some of the best practices for implementing the new Graph API. We also had the opportunity to take questions from the attendees. Unfortunately we had hundreds of RSVPs and could only let in 100 attendees. After numerous requests for access to the webinar, we’ve decided to post the full event on the site.
Facebook announced new mobile social networking functionality for the Android platform this week. At Google I/O, Google’s developer conference, executives routinely made fun of Steve Jobs and Apple, but Facebook’s role in the drama was overlooked by the press. Facebook’s mobile development team soft launched a Facebook SDK for Android, bringing functionality that was previously only available on the iPhone to the Android platform. It gets better: Facebook gave the Android platform a de facto exclusive on two of its newest initiatives: Open Graph APIs and OAuth 2.0.