Facebook going 'Open Source'?

Earlier this month, Facebook announced "Facebook Connect", which would allow you to sync Facebook accounts with other websites, such as Digg. With these developments came hinting that social networking was in for a change. Facebook has plans to veer away from being a normal standalone site.

Facebook hopes to bring it's application platform into open-source. Many other social networking websites are using "OpenSocial", a platform that any social networking site can use. Facebook has been one of the only networking websites that have disregarded open source.

But the question remains, especially given the scant detail of the latest rumor, about whether "open source" means truly open source or some variety of "extensible." Facebook has been redefining a whole lot of what we think about the Web, so this may be no exception.

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To be fair, I wouldn't say Facebook really disregards open-source. They run their entire operation on PHP, MySQL and Linux or BSD (don't remember) and contribute pretty heavily towards the development of those platforms.

(Magallanes said @ #3.1)
how?.

Mysql is evolving to close-source, and in PHP i don't find any noticeable change proposed by Facebook.


Mysql is not evolving to closed source.
Sun released a statement saying it would develop a few extra tools for Mysql, and those tools would be closed source. Of course, some people started screaming they'd close the Mysql source.

(Magallanes said @ #3.1)
how?.

Mysql is evolving to close-source, and in PHP i don't find any noticeable change proposed by Facebook.

AFAIK, Facebook have been working with Zend and some extension authors on caching/clustering techs.

Great so when I open someones profile not only does my browser crash trying to render the 50 applications they have but also I have to wait while it drags in crap from about 40 other sites too.

Way to go!

You're gonna like the new layout then... all applications on a separate tab. You never need to look at them again! I had the privilege of checking out the new design the other day and it's quite nice.

(JiveMasterT said @ #2.1)
You're gonna like the new layout then... all applications on a separate tab. You never need to look at them again! I had the privilege of checking out the new design the other day and it's quite nice.

Well thats a start although they need to beef up their mobile platform. It was nice and clean before applications started creeping onto that too.