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April 27, 2009

Facebook may open to developers

Posted: 09:30 AM ET

The Wall Street Journal and TechCrunch say Facebook will announce this afternoon that it will open up its platform to developers.

That's significant, as TechCrunch notes, because Facebook largely has sought to control information on its site. The announcement could lead to programs that allow social media users with several profiles - one on Facebook, on Twitter, on Google, etc. - to update information through a central hub.

More on that from TechCrunch:

Also of note is that apparently Facebook will begin supporting more open standards for the transporting data. It's not yet clear exactly what this will mean, but presumably it could help alleviate some of the issues I wrote about last week in noting that Facebook, Google and others were creating what were essentially proprietary profiles, that forced all of us to actively use and update all of their services.

The Journal says Facebook is taking a cue from Twitter, which has been all over the news lately and has seen rapid growth in the past year:

Facebook, which has around 200 million users world-wide, has been heavily criticized for not doing more and for requiring developers to write some services using a customized Facebook programming language. Other companies like micro-blogging service Twitter have generated buzz by opening up more of their core features to developers.

A formal announcement is expected at 1 p.m. ET, TechCrunch says.

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