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OK, so after ignoring many “Friend Requests” over the past few months, I’ve finally caved in and joined
Crackbook Facebook. It appears some people use that other name for it because it’s possible to waste a lot of time in there.
What tipped me over the edge was the fact that the upcoming Australian Blogging Conference has a Facebook page. This, I had to see.
As it turns out, I’m glad I had a look. What caught my eye was the “Developer” link at the bottom of each page. Here I discovered excellent documentation on the Facebook Platform, the API used to develop Facebook Applications. As one who is always interested in new ways of delivering data to the masses, I paid attention.
Now imagine that I had access to some data that a large number of people were interested to see (eg, the World Championship Marbles League, the Southern Oscillation Index, the countdown to Mrs Fitz’s next birthday). I’d be keen to publish this as widely as possible.
First, I would publish a web service to supply this data. Then I would distribute
- a Vista Gadget
- a SharePoint web part, and now
- a Facebook Application.
Here’s a link to my Facebook Profile.