Facebook announced a flurry of news related to its App Links open, cross-platform solution for application-to-app linking, which it initially debuted at its F8 global developer conference in San Francisco April 30: More than 3 billion unique App Links have been created; an App Links blog has been launched; analytics are now available; Windows Phone support was boosted; and support for the referer_app_link was added for Android.
Facebook announced two changes to its platform policy for developers that will go into effect Nov. 5: Games that include mandatory or optional in-application charges must disclose those charges in their app descriptions, and users must not be offered incentives to use social plugins or like pages.
Better communication between applications will improve the mobile experience. In the past several months, Google, Apple and Facebook have announced deep-linking initiatives that vary based on company goals. In this article we’ll discuss the motivations behind them and a brief technical overview of each solution.
Facebook Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg began his keynote address at the F8 global developer conference in San Francisco Wednesday by promising to make the Facebook platform more stable for developers and applications, including a two-year stability guarantee for the social network’s core products, such as Facebook Login, sharing, requests, software-development kits, and frequently used graph application-programming-interface endpoints.
Facebook Aims To Curb App Spam: Starting Oct. 2, Developers Can No Longer Use API To Post Directly To Friends’ Walls
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.