Facebook Launches API

John Musser, August 16th, 2006

CSCWIn one of the year’s more interesting API announcements, the hugely successful social networking site Facebook launched their own API this week. Up to this point most social networking sites including MySpace have been notoriously walled gardens (back in February I reported on a home-grown Facebook API). For a high-level overview of this one, TechCrunch gives a good summary here. As for the API itself: it uses a REST-based protocol and is available for commercial and non-commercial use up 100,000 calls within a 24-hour window.

There is now a Facebook API entry in the database here. As well as Facebook Friend Mapper, the first Facebook mashup. A map of course.

Will it popular? You bet. Within 48 hours there were already 79 discussion topics kicked-off on their discussion board, a pending site www.facebookapplications.com, projects at Google Code, and IRC discussions on it in places like the “#facebook” chat room on freenode.

BTW, there’s been some discussion lately about the responsibilities of companies that rely heavily on open source in terms of “giving-back” to the community. See Tim O’Reilly’s notes on Open Source: Architecture or Goodwill? and some of the links from there for examples. It seems that Facebook is diving right-in on this one and if you check this page you’ll see they’ve contributed back to the phpshell and memcached open source projects.

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5 Responses to “Facebook Launches API”

August 16th, 2006
at 4:24 am
Comment by: Next Generation Shopping » Blog Archive » Facebook Launches API to Developers

[...] Yup, Facebook launched an API to the public yesterday. You can see more information and a list of calls to their database on their documentation page. TechCrunch and ProgrammableWeb both have coverage on it. There is already a Mashup created that was put together in 2 hours by the developer. It is called Facebook Friend Mapper, and guess what, you can see your friends as they are geographically located on Google Maps. [...]

August 16th, 2006
at 10:29 am
Comment by: Marc’s Voice » Blog Archive » Ramifications #2 = the code

[...] John Musser of Programmable web is reporting: = a Facebook API entry in his database (very coolio) [...]

August 28th, 2006
at 12:08 am
Comment by: jrw

facebook stalkers will soon be the headline of internet news

November 30th, 2006
at 2:25 pm
Comment by: John

Speaking of Facebook Apps…

Sometimes you Just Want to Know Who Your Hottest Friend is…

My buddy made a facebook application that let’s you give your facebook friends a thumbs up or down…What do your friends think of you?


March 11th, 2007
at 11:47 pm
Comment by: ProgrammableWeb.com » Blog Archive » Social SQL with FQL: the Facebook Query Language

[...] It was last August that Facebook launched their API beta program (our coverage here) and as of earlier this month it is now officially 1.0. [...]

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