Bebo API Launches with Facebook Support

John Musser, December 13th, 2007

The latest big social platform news comes from Bebo, the third largest social network in the US with 40 million users, who yesterday officially announced their Open Application Platform. The most notable part of the launch is that Bebo will be supporting both Facebook plus OpenSocial as “standards” and that the Facebook team has been helping them adopt their platform for the past few months. According to a good summary from TechCrunch’s Mark Hendrickson the platform won’t be open to new developers for a couple of weeks. In the meantime we have created our Bebo API Profile listing here and will be adding more details as it becomes available.

Some key points:

  • Facebook Platform support: Facebook’s CTO Adam D’Angelo is quoted in the Bebo press release: “With Bebo’s implementation of Facebook’s open standards, developers can expand their reach, which will lead to even more application development, and ultimately benefit both Bebo users and Facebook users.” Having this level of compatibility means that many of 10,000+ Facebook applications may be quickly ported to Bebo.
  • OpenSocial support coming in “early 2008″.
  • 40 partners are launching applications initially including many of the leading Facebook app providers like RockYou, Slide and iLike.
  • Technology pieces include what they call SNQL, or Social Network Query Language (Facebook’s has FQL), and SNML, or Social Network Markup Language (Facebook has FBML).
  • Like most plug-in style API platforms they will have an application directory
  • Bebo has also implemented “quality control features” like a user controlled ratings system, the ability for users to completely block applications for being “spammy” and to communicate with Bebo why they are blocking them.
  • Applications running on Bebo will be able to interact with the same application running on Facebook (as for a game or other interaction).

Along with LinkedIn’s API announcement earlier this week the universe of social network APIs continues to rapidly expand.

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6 Responses to “Bebo API Launches with Facebook Support”

December 13th, 2007
at 12:27 pm
Comment by: OpenSocial: The Lowest Common Denominator? « HighContrast

[...] to be outdone, Bebo has launched an open application platform to complement its open media platform. Rather than joining up with OpenSocial, Bebo essentially [...]

December 19th, 2007
at 12:19 am
Comment by: OpenSocial Shindig Released

[...] Facebook now licensing their code and Google working to foster a community around OpenSocial and Shindig it looks like news in the [...]

December 20th, 2007
at 8:31 am
Comment by: Bebo Open Application Platform Supports Facebook Application Portability, eh?

[...] subsequent article revealed that Bebo’s platform supposedly supports the entire F8 Platform, including FBML. Since Mashable is incapable of actually linking to the actual article that it covered, or anything [...]

January 11th, 2008
at 2:36 am
Comment by: Bebo API: Open for Business

[...] month when the popular social network Bebo launched their API they made headlines by being the first major platform to license the Facebook Platform. They [...]

March 13th, 2008
at 10:32 am
Comment by: AOL buys Bebo for 0 million in cash | LucaFiligheddu.com

[...] I never used Bebo, since I’m not really in their target demographic, but the recent opening of their platform will surely let them gain more and more traction than before. Are we going to see a new Bebo-based [...]

March 1st, 2010
at 7:33 pm
Comment by: A közösségi hálózatok története | SysHost

[...] interfészt készített, hogy így vonja be felhasználóit az oldal még sikeresebbé tételébe. “2007 végén jelent meg a Bebo API-ja, mely a Facebook API-ját is támogatja, és a elkészültekor a Google által kidolgozott [...]

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