Facebook Location API Launches: Read Only For Now

Adam DuVander, August 18th, 2010

Facebook PlacesAfter months of anticipation, Facebook officially launched its Places feature to check-in to nearby locations and share the place with your friends. The launch includes an API extension to its Graph API, which will first be read only. Launch partners include location-sharing platforms Foursquare and Gowalla, which are part of a private beta for the upcoming read/write API.

The readable API becomes available about 2 p.m. Pacific on Thursday, though it’s already included in the Graph API documentation. It includes calls for reading check-ins for specific users, places or pages, as well as searching a user’s friends’ check-ins.

“What I’m really excited about is when we flip the switch and let everyone participate tomorrow,” Facebook Places Product Manager Michael Gartenberg said.

The launch partners, which also includes business review site Yelp, are fully integrated, including the read/write API. According to Booyah CEO Keith Lee, who heads location app MyTown, another launch partner, they learned of Facebook Places API “a couple weeks ago.”

Check-in apps included in the launch are using the Places API to allow for sharing to Facebook friends from within their applications. They’re also mixing in additional meta-data specific to their apps, such as Gowalla’s passport stamps and shared photos.

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12 Responses to “Facebook Location API Launches: Read Only For Now”

August 19th, 2010
at 1:41 am
Comment by: Facebook Places – the ccean where all tributaries flow

[...] Facebook will ultimately dominate, just as they are doing with “likes”. With the new Facebook Location API also being launched today, it seems natural for mobile app developers to build for the massive [...]

August 19th, 2010
at 8:51 am
Comment by: Facebook Places, Google Places, Foursquare & co.: Das ortsbasierte Web

[...] API zu Facebook Places wird vorerst nur lesbar sein. Das heißt, es wird zunächst über die API nur möglich sein, Check-Ins [...]

August 19th, 2010
at 9:06 am
Comment by: Telefonica Developer Blog | Blog | Mobile Development News - August 19, 2010

[...] Facebook Location API Launches:  Read-Only for Now This readable API becomes available today, Thursday, at 2 p.m. Pacific time.  Meanwhile, Facebook Places Goes Live  on iPhone.  Check-In While It’s Hot (If You Can) [...]

August 19th, 2010
at 12:29 pm
Comment by: Facebook añade geolocalización a sus servicios con Places | conecti.ca

[...] Facebook también liberará una API (por ahora se encuentra disponible pero solo para lectura) la cual lanzo en conjunto con FourSquare, Gowalla y Booyah, quienes integrarán los “check-ins” de Facebook a los suyos, ¿Qué ganan ellos? Pues nada más y nada menos que acceso a 600 millones de usuarios. [...]

August 19th, 2010
at 12:37 pm
Comment by: Facebook Places: What You Need To Know | MediaScrape News

[...] Facebook says it plans on turning on the Read API for third-party functionality on Thursday. What that means is that third-party services will be able to read your check-ins when you interact with those apps as well as the check-ins of people on your friends list (if their privacy settings allow it), according to programmableweb. [...]

November 3rd, 2010
at 3:30 pm
Comment by: Facebook Places API Goes Read/Write, Adds Venue Search

[...] taking another big reach toward location sharing with its latest update to its Places API. When the platform launched in August, we wrote that it was “read only for now.” Now all developers can, with users’ [...]

December 9th, 2010
at 10:29 am
Comment by: Foursquare API v2 is Public, v1 Deprecated

[...] weeks before Facebook announced its location-based “Places” feature in August. Facebook provided a read-only API for Places to all but a few select partners from the feature’s launch until opening write [...]

December 9th, 2010
at 10:36 am
Comment by: Foursquare API v2 is Public, v1 Deprecated | Another Newyork Times

[...] weeks before Facebook announced its location-based “Places” feature in August. Facebook provided a read-only API for Places to all but a few select partners from the feature’s launch until opening write [...]

January 11th, 2011
at 1:25 am
Comment by: Odd_path

Facebook will ultimately dominate,More than 500 million users on facebook, With the new Facebook Location API also being launched, its going to rule just like this ODD PATH

October 10th, 2011
at 9:33 am
Comment by: Facebook Timeline Using Styled Bing Maps

[...] new profile design launching soon on Facebook, makes broad use of the Bing Maps API. Similarly, the Facebook Places feature also incorporated Bing, but now both maps use a different, more simplified [...]

October 10th, 2011
at 9:58 am
Comment by: Facebook Timeline Using Styled Bing Maps « Darin R. McClure – The Good Life In San Clemente

[...] new profile design launching soon on Facebook, makes broad use of the Bing Maps API. Similarly, the Facebook Places feature also incorporated Bing, but now both maps use a different, more simplified [...]

June 19th, 2012
at 10:11 am
Comment by: Factual Aims to be Framework for Local Offers

[...] The Factual Places API, which we said may become the go-to location database, is integral to the new service. Offers are tied to specific business listings or can be looked up to find nearby deals. Rather than roll their own venues database, developers are frequently choosing Factual, something perhaps popularized by Facebook, which used Factual when it launched the Facebook check-in service. [...]

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