Developers invited to expand Facebook experience

Company releases tools that allows them to build new online products and services

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By  Vineetha Menon Published  April 28, 2009

With 200 million people accessing the Facebook website regularly, the company is now looking at other ways it can expand the social networking experience for its users.

It has released a series of tools that allow developers to use the content generated in Facebook to build new online products and services.

“For the first time, we're opening the core Facebook product experience - the stream - with the new Facebook Open Stream API,” wrote developer Ray C. He in a company blog post.

With the Facebook Open Stream API, developers can access all the content posted to news feeds, which include photos, videos, links, comments and other material. They will also be able to display those in any application built for mobile devices, websites or desktops.

Facebook has already worked with a few developers to build new user experiences. These, together with any future applications developed, will be found in the Facebook Application Directory.

The company has reassured users that its decision to open up content to third-party developers will not affect privacy expectations.

“Consistent with our previous steps toward greater openness, we believe users must have full control and choice and that's exactly how we've designed Facebook Platform and the Open Stream API. All Facebook Platform terms governing data use apply and an application or Facebook Connect site can only access a user's view of the stream if the user gives the application permission,” He added.

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