Platform update: infinite scrolling, stream filters, user support, more

Facebook’s latest platform update includes infinite scrolling for the apps and games dashboard and API support for News Feed filters. The company also announced it will require all apps to include a an email address for user support starting April 1.

Developers could benefit from the new infinite scrolling feature on the apps and games dashboard because users will be likely to browse more titles when they don’t have to click a button to load them. This gives apps lower on the list of “Friends Using,” “Recommended Games,” “Recommended Apps” and “Newest” a better chance of being discovered.

The new filter parameter for the Graph API Home connection allows developers to retrieve part of a user’s News Feed. For instance, an app can pull just the stories from a particular friend list. This could be useful now that the social network has automatically created Smart Lists for users and is encouraging them to designate people as “Close Friends” or “Acquaintances.”

Facebook has also decided to start requiring all apps to list a user support email. Developers have had the option to include this in their apps before, but the user support email field will not be mandatory until April 1.

Two breaking changes effective this week are Request 2.0 migration and Requests 2.0 Efficient. The migration from FBML requests to Request 2.0 will be complete on Jan. 15.

The company also announced an improved comments box for mobile, which we cover in more depth here.

For further details on platform changes, see Facebook’s Developer Blog.

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