Bebo API: Open for Business

John Musser, January 11th, 2008

Last month when the popular social network Bebo launched their API they made headlines by being the first major platform to be compatible with the Facebook Platform. They initially launched with 40 select partners who had early access to the platform but at the time other developers had to wait for access. That changed yesterday when their platform team announced that they are are “open for business” and anyone can sign-up. Now that more documentation and resources are available, we’ve updated our Bebo API profile with more details.

Given the high level of Facebook Platform compatibility we should see lots of Bebo applications in short order.

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2 Responses to “Bebo API: Open for Business”

January 11th, 2008
at 4:23 pm
Comment by: William Hill

John,

Bebo is a nice example of a social media site furthering its leverage via their API. Now for my look into Health 2.0.

Health 2.0 is derived from the term Web 2.0, which implies a 2nd generation/release of the Internet.

The ‘2.0′ part was established within computer programming – as a new edition of a an application is released, it is common practice for the programmers to add an incrementing number at the end of a program’s name, to label the new version.

Web 2.0 implies the ‘2nd release’ of the Internet, which of course is not based on anything concrete. The Internet being made up of millions upon millions of interconnecting computers running lots of various programs, but is more of a concept to describe the type of programs/applications/functionality one can now locate on the Internet.

The Internet was initially complied of mainly static pages of data. Soon to follow was email, web forums and chat rooms where discussions could take place. Web 2.0 refers to a trend on the Internet that saw a step forward in the way users conduct communicate over the Internet, which includes the use of blogs, videos, podcasts, wikis and online communities where people with common interests get together to share ideas, media, code and all types of information.

Web 2.0 technologies such as social networking, blogs, patient communities and online tools for search and self-care management look as though they will permanently alter the healthcare landscape indefinitely.

As with Web 2.0, there is a lot of debate about the meaning of the term ‘health 2.0′. The Wall Street Journal recently attempted to define Health 2.0 as:

“The social-networking revolution is coming to health care, at the same time that new Internet technologies and software programs are making it easier than ever for consumers to find timely, personalized health information online. Patients who once connected mainly through email discussion groups and chat rooms are building more sophisticated virtual communities that enable them to share information about treatment and coping and build a personal network of friends. At the same time, traditional Web sites that once offered cumbersome pages of static data are developing blogs, podcasts, and customized search engines to deliver the most relevant and timely information on health topics.”

While this traditional view of the definition imputes it as the merging of the Web 2.0 phenomenon within healthcare. I personally believe it’s so much more. In my opinion, Health 2.0 goes way beyond just the permeant social networking technology to include a complete renaissance in the way that Healthcare is actually delivered and conveyed.

Source – http://rxpop.com/

February 1st, 2008
at 12:16 am
Comment by: Graphing Bebo Application Growth

[...] Bebo brought its Facebook Platform-compatible API out of closed beta a few weeks ago, as we reported in this post, the initial growth shows a steep curve from about 50 launch partner applications available before [...]

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