A closer look at the Facebook Timeline and the Open Graph
[Sept] 22, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes
There's a lot happening in the social media space this week. First we had Google opening up Google+, adding a number of features, and expanding its popular Hangout service. Then Youtibe launched a new channel for teachers. Today, we have Facebook's F8 conference happening (with a lot of live streaming online) and the announcement of a new social news service, a social music service, TV and movies in the stream, and more. Most interesting is the addition of verbs to the social graph. "These new social apps are meant to help you discover what your friends are currently doing, beyond just the fact that they just Liked something. Facebook wants developers to do more than just use the Liked verb (and more than the Read, Watched, and Listened verbs too). During his keynote, Zuckerberg showed Cooked and Ran as possible examples. The Open Graph is “a completely new class of social apps” says Zuckerberg."
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