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  • Developing with the Facebook Platform and PHP

    Developing with the Facebook Platform and PHP 2007-07-11

    At the end of May this year, the Facebook team announced major changes to the package's developer tools, known as the Facebook Platform. Although the platform itself had been available for several months prior to this release, a host of new features

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  • Win Cash for the best Facebook App! 2007-07-12

    Via digg: Our current feature article about developing for the Facebook Platform with PHP is extraordinarily timely, given the recent announcement from venture capital firm Bay Partners on Tuesday that they will be offering cash prizes for the best F

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  • Facebook: Breaking Down the Walls

    Facebook: Breaking Down the Walls 2007-07-24

    The following is republished from the Tech Times #169. As of July 10th, Facebook had thirty million active members, one of whom is me. In the past two weeks, it seems like half my active contacts have joined the social networking site, including prof

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  • Facebook Beacon: The Great Privacy PR Stunt 2007-12-12

    Here's my take on Facebook Beacon, the recent feature added to the popular social networking site Facebook for informing one's friends about activities on an external site: the controversy was orchestrated. Last week the feature was scaled back due t

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  • Facebook Opens Up, But You Still Have To Add Friends Manually 2007-12-17

    Over a year ago two competing photo sharing services stumbled upon some thorny issues surrounding the openness of their data: Flickr initially denied Zooomr access to its API on the grounds that it was too similar a competitor, but eventually agreed

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  • What Facebook Should Do Next

    What Facebook Should Do Next 2008-07-10

    I've been using Facebook since it went live at my school back when I was still a student, which if the date stamp on the first post on my Wall is accurate, was late 2004. In that time I've seen the site - and my usage of it - undergo many changes. Fr

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  • LinkedIn Tries Facebook-Style Ads

    LinkedIn Tries Facebook-Style Ads 2008-07-17

    Business social networking site LinkedIn has launched a new advertising feature called DirectAds that allows the site's members to buy targeted text ads. DirectAds was launched in a limited beta a couple of weeks ago, and opened to the full site last

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  • Will Facebook's New Design Hurt App Developers?

    Will Facebook's New Design Hurt App Developers? 2008-07-22

    One of the first things I noticed about the Facebook redesign that began to be rolled out today, was the increased presence of Facebook's Social Ads on application pages. Where before, app canvas pages had a single flyer on the left hand side - which

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  • Facebook Connect is Beacon Done Right

    Facebook Connect is Beacon Done Right 2008-07-24

    Remember Facebook Beacon? Last November, Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg called it a "completely new way of advertising online" at the exclusive, super-hyped, invite-only launch event in New York City. But just a month later, he was issuing a mea

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  • Finally, Facebook Reportedly Adding Web Search This Fall

    Finally, Facebook Reportedly Adding Web Search This Fall 2008-07-25

    According a report on CNBC Microsoft is planning to expand its advertising relationship with Facebook this fall by adding web search to the social networking site. Live Search on Facebook is something that Greg Sterling predicted back in October of l

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  • Hasbro Sues Facebook App Scrabulous

    Hasbro Sues Facebook App Scrabulous 2008-07-25

    The end of an era may be fast approaching on Facebook. The New York Times reported yesterday that Rhode Island-based game maker Hasbro had filed a lawsuit in New York against the two Indian brothers behind the popular online Scrabble clone Scrabulous

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  • Did Facebook Flub their Redesign?

    Did Facebook Flub their Redesign? 2008-07-29

    Though Facebook's new design has only been pushed out to about 5% of the site's 80 million users, it's available to anyone who clicks on www.new.facebook.com. But a potential bug may make some users think twice about making the upgrade. But is it rea

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  • Facebook Encroaches Further on FriendFeed's Turf

    Facebook Encroaches Further on FriendFeed's Turf 2008-08-13

    When Facebook began to offer lifestreaming from outside services in April and May, and last month rolled out their newly designed profile and News Feed pages, some called it "FriendFeedization." Or, to put it more bluntly, Facebook is slowly but

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  • MySpace Dev Platform Catching Up to Facebook

    MySpace Dev Platform Catching Up to Facebook 2008-09-04

    Inside Facebook is reporting that the MySpace Developer Platform, which was officially launched last March (at least, that's when the app gallery opened to the public in beta), is growing at a healthy clip. Offerpal Media, a leading CPA advertising n

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  • Facebook Releases Profile Preview Mode

    Facebook Releases Profile Preview Mode 2008-09-10

    In March, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg told my former colleague Marshall Kirkpatrick that the key to privacy was granular control over various aspects of your information. "He said people have been trained to believe that there is a binar

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  • Facebook About to Make Lexicon Way More Useful

    Facebook About to Make Lexicon Way More Useful 2008-09-23

    If there's one thing most bloggers almost universally love, it is tools that let us compare things and identify trends. Compete charts. Google Trends charts and Insights for Search maps. Technorati graphs. We eat those types of sites up because they'

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  • Facebook's Future is as a Search Engine

    Facebook's Future is as a Search Engine 2008-09-26

    In my fourth blog post for SitePoint I called social search a feature, not the future of search technology. That's not a belief held by some very smart people here at the Emerging Technology Conference on the campus of MIT. Yesterday, I sat in on a r

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  • Facebook Finally Launches Web Search

    Facebook Finally Launches Web Search 2008-10-08

    The web search integration that we reported was on its way this past July, finally arrived at Facebook this afternoon. Facebook initially rolled out the new feature earlier in the day, only to apparently have a change of heart and roll back the launc

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  • The Facebook Platform is Dead - Good, Let the Innovation Begin!

    The Facebook Platform is Dead - Good, Let the Innovation Begin! 2008-10-21

    Scott Rafer, the founder of Lookery, which is an ad network that caters social network application publishers such as those on Facebook, apparently declared the Facebook platform dead at a developer conference in Berlin. According to Rafer, publisher

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  • Uh oh, Facebook is About to Become the Internet

    Uh oh, Facebook is About to Become the Internet 2008-12-11

    Don't look now, but Facebook just did something brilliant. Something more important than the launch of their platform a year an half ago. Something that might just embed Facebook into the very fabric of the Internet - and that, like the title of this

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