Facebook to kill Facebook Connect

Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, announced today that Facebook will be launching their new Open Graph protocol and APIs, eliminating Facebook Connect, according to Mashable, via the F8 conference.

Facebook Open Graph is set to lockdown on their APIs available to developers, where third-party websites will be able to gain access this.  With the new Open Graph protocol and OAuth 2.0 standards, Facebook will limit the information third-party websites will be able to gather, and open up their social graphs to users, such as the Like feature across the web.

Microsoft is among the 30 or so companies that have been approved by Facebook to gain access to individuals information, including general information about you and your friends - all of which will allow an opt-out feature when launched.

Microsoft and Facebook have also launched their new Docs.com service, a new social office, allowing users to share documents with each other.

The Facebook Connect name and service will be eliminated, or possibly revised in the future, with a new name.  Facebook did not mention if they have any plans to replace the Facebook Connect service.

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Thank gosh. In practice, I kind of hated Facebook Connect. The whole concept is good though, I'm more than pleased that they are giving another method a go.

To me, it sounds like they're taking everything that's essentially "on" now, shoving it under a few "off" switches and leaving them on. Yes, you have to turn them off, but it seems to be largely easier than what it seems like now (though I admit, I rarely use Facebook anymore) so things are often in different places than they were last login with all the UI iterations)

what! Microsoft and other companies are going to get access to my personal facebook information??

This had better be an OPT-IN feature - NOT an OPT-OUT feature as described in the article above!!!

I can see more people canceling their facebook accounts because of these privacy issues!

dvb2000 said,
what! Microsoft and other companies are going to get access to my personal facebook information??

This had better be an OPT-IN feature - NOT an OPT-OUT feature as described in the article above!!!

I can see more people canceling their facebook accounts because of these privacy issues!


And why not just share this information according to the already existing privacy settings?

I mean, I have already blocked certain info from non-friends. Treat MS and the rest as a non-friend, please.

Northgrove said,

And why not just share this information according to the already existing privacy settings?

I mean, I have already blocked certain info from non-friends. Treat MS and the rest as a non-friend, please.

They're only sharing information you've already set to public, plus the always-public information like your name, friend list, and a few other things.