Facebook's new interfaces for Facebook Platform will allow application developers to make their mark on a wide range of Facebook applications. Adding on to APIs already released for Facebook Photos, the new APIs allow access to content and methods for sharing for Facebook Status, Notes, Links and Video.
On Feb. 6, two days after Facebook's fifth birthday, the social networking
service announced new APIs for its Facebook Platform, allowing developers to
access content and methods for sharing for Facebook Status, Notes, Links and
This follows the launch of APIs for uploading and viewing via Facebook
Photos, and allows developers to create new applications for the social
"Your application will have access to any status, notes or links from
the active user or their friends that are currently visible to the active
user," said a Feb. 6 post on the Facebook Developers blog. "In
addition, we're opening new APIs for you to post links, create notes or upload
videos for the current user, and we've made setting a user's status
The post continued, "For example, a travel application could make it
really easy for users to create and share notes and upload photos and videos
from a recent trip. Users could then display that content within a profile tab
for that app."
On Feb. 5, Facebook
announced that it would officially join the board of the OpenID Foundation,
an organization that promotes open frameworks for users' Web-based digital
Both these developments have the blogosphere speculating
that Facebook is taking a more open-platform stance in order to block a
possible threat from Twitter.