What to expect from f8?

    F8 is the main event of the year for Facebook. This conference attracts application developers, Internet entrepreneurs, journalists and Facebook partners from all over the world, because it is here that the company talks about the changes that will determine the further development of the social network itself and how it will work with other sites, applications and services.

    The name f8 comes from the 8-hour programming marathon, which it traditionally ends with.

    The conference opens with a speech by Mark Zuckerberg, which outlines the main topics of the conference and the news that Facebook is going to show. Further work goes on within several thematic streams.

    Here are some examples of what Facebook ads are doing on f8:

    2007- in fact, it was at this conference that the term “social graph” was introduced into wide circulation  (social graph - a mathematical model of connections in a social network). Now a social graph is a common word among all those who deal with social networks on the Internet.

    2008 - a new user profile format was introduced, but more importantly, Facebook Connect was launched  . This mechanism allowed people to use their data with Facebook for authorization and communication on other sites, and other sites - the ability to integrate their news into the feed of Facebook users. This was an important step that helped Facebook transform itself from a self-contained system into a provider of “sociality” for the rest of the Internet.


    2010 year- Introduced Social Plugin , known primarily as the “Like Button” . What at first seemed like a simple way of evaluating content and placing it on its “wall” in practice has become one of the most important Facebook mechanisms: “likes” not only help to rank content, but also establish links between people and other objects (brands, films) , books, organizations, etc.). A year after the presentation, the Like button was used by 2.5 million sites, including 80 of the 100 most popular in the United States
    In addition, Facebook introduced less noticeable, but no less significant developments: the Open Graph Protocol , which allows any site to "join" in the social graph, and the Graph API for application creators.

    2011 - stay tuned for updates on this blog and news. I hope this brief retrospective gives an idea of ​​what to expect from f8.

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