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How to get started with Facebook's new API?

Monday, April 27, 2009 by Dave Winer.

I'm reading the docs for Facebook's Open Stream API, with fascination. It sounds like an app can read and write to a user's stream, something like the way one writes an app to access the Twitter status stream. That's something I want to do! Permalink to this paragraph

A picture named tt.jpgBut... Permalink to this paragraph

Say I want to write an app to access my own stream. What's the process? How do I give the app permission? What's the endpoint? Permalink to this paragraph

I assume FQL is Facebook Query Language? What do I do with that? I don't know. Permalink to this paragraph

I have a feeling these docs are written for developers who have been working with Facebook. I have never written any code to call Facebook's API. Permalink to this paragraph

If they want to go after Twitter developers (no one is going to like this, but it's the truth) read their developer docs, and make your API work like that.  Permalink to this paragraph

I say no one is going to like that except Twitter developers of course. ;-> Permalink to this paragraph

This is why I say that to compete with Twitter you must start with item #0 in the wishlistPermalink to this paragraph


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