Facebook Announced Three New Components at f8 conference to Make the Connections-based Web more RealBy Dipankar Das, Gaea News Network
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Facebook is expected to announce three new components at the f8 conference to make web more real and those tools are social plugins, the Open Graph protocol, and the Graph API. The new plugins will deliver two innovative concepts. 1>The web is moving towards model based on the connections between the users and their likings 2> The connection based web is going to provide values to both users and the developers.
- Social Plugins: These components are the easiest way to get started with the Facebook Platform. The plugins are embeddable social features that can be integrated in your site with a line of HTML. The crucial one is Like button. When you click the Like button, a link to that page is added to your Facebook profile and your friends will be able to share the stories. The Acitivity Feed button displays the most recent interesting things that are taking place at your site. If a user is logged into Facebook, the plugin will be personalized to show content from their friends. The Facepile plugin shows profile pictures of the user’s friends who have already signed up for your site.
- Open Graph Protocols: You will be able to integrate your web page into social graph using this component. It is mainly designed for the web pages of real world things like Restaurants, Movies, Celebrities etc. Once your web page page becomes an object in the graph, users will be able to connect your pages. Your pages will show up in user profiles, within search results and in News Feed based upon the data that you provide.
- Graph API: This API is aimed at providing access to various parts of Facebook’s social graph data. Developers will be able to get information on any object in the Facebook graph using Graph API. It simplifies the way developers read and write data to Facebook. The API represents objects like people, photos and events uniformly in the graph and the connections between them, say for example, Friend relationships, shared content, and photo tags.