It’s a well known fact that Mark Zuckerberg is an insanely ambitious person. So, it’s not surprising that he wants to see Facebook everywhere on the web. And, when I say everywhere, I really mean it. Today, at the f8 developer conference in San Francisco, Facebook made a slew of announcements that will not only help it stay relevant but also propel Facebook to the next level. Here is a quick look at some of the stuff that really matters.
Open Graph Protocol: Facebook will be shutting down its Facebook Connect product. In its place, Facebook has launched a new protocol and API called Open Graph, which is based on OAuth 2.0. Facebook has already roped in big names like Yelp, Pandora and Microsoft as partners. The chief purpose of Open Graph is to make integrating external content with Facebook as simple as possible.
New Like Button: Facebook wants to know what’s hot and the new Like button will allow it to do just that. These buttons behave in an identical fashion to Like buttons in Facebook. The only difference is that you can an additional option to include a snippet with each Liked item.
Facebook Bar: Not content with just a button, Facebook will also be launching its very own persistent toolbar. This feature is yet to be unveiled, but you can head over to TechCrunch for more information.
The word Semantic Web has been floating around for quite some time. So far, no one has managed to get it quite right. However, with Open Graph and Social plug-ins, Facebook is in with a real chance to make sense of the web. The new Facebook will not only know what content you like but also know how you discovered that content, who did you share it with and what was your friend’s reaction to the same content.