Facebook Announces New APIs for Reading and Publishing to the Home Page Stream (Updated)

facebook platform developersFacebook today is formally announcing new APIs to enable applications developers to access and publish information in users’ home page streams.

The new Facebook “Open Stream” API includes two new methods: stream.get and stream.publish. With these new methods, developers can “access the stream on behalf of a user and then filter, remix, and display the stream back to that user however you choose, wherever you choose, in the manner most relevant for the user experience. Other new API methods will allow users to both publish into the stream and to add comments and ‘likes’ to posts in the stream,” Facebook says in a blog post this morning. Details are available in the developer wiki.

seesmic3Now, Facebook users will now be able to use applications to read and interact with their stream in any application they’ve authorized. Early applications have already been under development using the new functionality, including Seesmic and TweetDeck, which we profiled last month. The entire stream will be available for developers to remix and create new experiences, and we expect to see developers create many more applications that optimize the real-time Facebook experience for different use cases.

However, unlike speculation that made its way around this weekend after an article was published in the Wall Street Journal, Facebook is not opening access to all content shared by users to application developers. Rather, these new features are complementary to new APIs Facebook released in February which enabled app developers to access users’ status, links, notes, and videos.

Today’s announcement fits the trajectory of Facebook’s overall strategy in recent months of prioritizing real-time updates, but it isn’t a radical departure from Facebook’s privacy-oriented Platform APIs. Unlike Twitter, where shared information is be default public, on Facebook, shared information is by default private. This means that many applications which the marketing community is clamoring for – like the ability to search and access all updates shared by Facebook users – is not part of this release.

Rather, Facebook is encouraging the developer community to think about new ways of integrating the home page stream experience into their applications. Now that Facebook app developers have easier access to more data, Facebook hopes new real-time apps will dramatically increase content sharing across the Facebook Platform.

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20 Responses to “Facebook Announces New APIs for Reading and Publishing to the Home Page Stream (Updated)”

  1. First Look: Getting Data from the Facebook Stream API says:

    [...] The new stream APIs that Facebook announced today appear to offer a rich level of data interaction between Facebook, applications, and external sites. So how does it actually work, and how do you go about implementing it? [...]

  2. New AIR Applications Take Real-Time Sharing Outside Facebook.com says:

    [...] addition to Facebook’s announcement of new stream APIs this morning, Facebook has also just released the Facebook Desktop for AIR client to demonstrate the new [...]

  3. What Does Facebook’s Open Stream Mean for Marketers? says:

    [...] Facebook’s announcement today of new “Open Stream” functionality, a lot of commentators have misunderstood [...]

  4. Live Notes from Facebook “Technology Tasting” Event in Palo Alto says:

    [...] morning, Facebook announced the new stream APIs which allow users to access and publish information to the Facebook stream from any website, [...]

  5. Facebook finding it’s way to mobile with text message subscriptions | danielpatricio.com says:

    [...] seems everyday Facebook takes another page from Twitter’s strategy. Today they opened up the API to allow 3rd party apps to interact with the stream and enabled text message subscriptions in an effort to make sharing of content more [...]

  6. Twitterator 3: Rise of the Machines « says:

    [...] of open data pipes (which among other things has resulted in Facebook’s today’s announcement). One of the major factors behind Twitter’s success is its openness. It’d be bad to see this [...]

  7. First Look: Publishing Data to the Facebook Stream Using the New Stream APIs says:

    [...] were two sides to the stream APIs that Facebook released yesterday: getting data, which we’ve looked at, and publishing and updating. The latter has the [...]

  8. Facebook Removes Automatic Feed Form Publishing as Stream is Unveiled says:

    [...] developers have no doubt heard by now, Facebook unveiled its new Stream API yesterday. Along with the update, Facebook appears to have modified Feed Forms to give advantages [...]

  9. Facebook Streaming Made Even Easier | iDrive Interactive: The Blog says:

    [...] to read and interact with their stream in any application they’ve authorized.” said Justin Smith of the Inside Facebook Blog. “The entire stream will be available for developers to remix and [...]

  10. links for 2009-04-29 - Kevin Bondelli’s Youth Vote Blog says:

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  11. Facebook Turns On Live Updates in the Home Page Stream says:

    [...] week, Facebook announced new Stream APIs, enabling developers to integrate the Facebook stream outside Facebook.com. We would expect Facebook to enable real-time stream notifications for developers in the future [...]

  12. What Does Facebook’s Open Stream API Mean for Twitter App Developers? says:

    [...] Facebook announced the new “Open Stream API” a couple of weeks ago, it made it easy for developers to build applications around the friends timeline in much the same [...]

  13. brent haupt says:

    dont know what api,s is all about one i know i cant log in to my homepage nor the log in page on the fbook welcome pg you have 3 sections email-password-and a third block whats it about then the log in block its all in vain what must i do

  14. How is Facebook Going to Monetize the Open Stream API? says:

    [...] virtual currency transactions, or other forms of social commerce. However, now that Facebook has opened up the stream API for developers to create new kinds of applications that can run outside any Facebook-operated [...]

  15. BIG Interactive » Blog Archive » What Does Facebook’s “Open Stream” Mean for Marketers? says:

    [...] Facebook’s announcement today of new “Open Stream” functionality, a lot of commentators have misunderstood exactly what [...]

  16. A Look At Recent Convergence Between Facebook and Twitter says:

    [...] Facebook opened up the stream API – a way for third party sites and applications to access a user’s activity and publish to the [...]

  17. Flutteerr Shows What Developers Can Do With the Open Stream API says:

    [...] couple of months ago, Facebook released the Open Stream API, a new set of Facebook Platform APIs that enable developers to access and publish to the Facebook [...]

  18. Facebook Pages Getting Stream API Support – Look for New Page Management Apps Soon says:

    [...] the Facebook Open Stream API has proven very successful amongst users of applications like Seesmic and TweetDeck who are [...]

  19. Facebook Streaming Made Even Easier « iDrive Interactive says:

    [...] to read and interact with their stream in any application they’ve authorized.” said Justin Smith of the Inside Facebook Blog. “The entire stream will be available for developers to remix and [...]

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