Facebook Opens Up Its ‘Platform’ To Everyone

Facebook is the anti-MySpace” and “Facebook is a new type of “Web 2.0″ portal” are some of the things that were and are being said yesterday and today about the social network’s new “Facebook Platform” initiative. Basically there’s no direct search angle here but it’s an interesting and potentially important development.

First, what is it exactly? Facebook has positioned itself to be a “platform” that third parties (content publishers, advertisers, individuals) can use to build applications within Facebook. What’s the appeal? Basically exposure and potential adoption by Facebook’s huge community of users.

A laundry list of almost 40 partners launched with the announcement yesterday. They included such diverse names as Jobster, Amazon, Microsoft, Slide, Veoh, Dogster, Washington Post, Forbes, SideStep, Glimpse and Feedburner, among others. I would imagine the list will grow very rapidly.

Without getting into the nuts and bolts, Facebook’s viral mechanisms represent an opportunity for rapid discovery of third-party applications in this new, parallel universe of content — I kept thinking about both eBay and AOL during the speech by CEO Mark Zuckerberg. However, the community is also a “filter” that will effectively be a barrier to anything that isn’t interesting or useful enough to gain adoption. There’s no push mechanism here (no direct outreach); it’s all pull and viral promotion. (There is a directory of applications.)

Slide CEO Max Levchin explicitly compared this move and the logic behind it to Microsoft and its developer community. And Microsoft itself is one of the partners through its Popfly initiative. Microsoft is also Facebook’s ad partner in the same way that Google is for MySpace.

Reportedly Facebook turned down a nearly $1 billion acquisition offer by Yahoo and continues to assert that it wants to remain independent. Didn’t we also hear that from YouTube?

For more coverage, see Techmeme.

Related Topics: Channel: Social | Search Engines: Social Search Engines

Sponsored


About The Author: is a Contributing Editor at Search Engine Land. He writes a personal blog Screenwerk, about SoLoMo issues and connecting the dots between online and offline. He also posts at Internet2Go, which is focused on the mobile Internet. Follow him @gsterling.

Connect with the author via: Email | Twitter | Google+ | LinkedIn



SearchCap:

Get all the top search stories emailed daily!  

Share

Other ways to share:
 

Read before commenting! We welcome constructive comments and allow any that meet our common sense criteria. This means being respectful and polite to others. It means providing helpful information that contributes to a story or discussion. It means leaving links only that substantially add further to a discussion. Comments using foul language, being disrespectful to others or otherwise violating what we believe are common sense standards of discussion will be deleted. Comments may also be removed if they are posted from anonymous accounts. You can read more about our comments policy here.

Comments are closed.

Get Our News, Everywhere!

Daily Email:

Follow Search Engine Land on Twitter @sengineland Like Search Engine Land on Facebook Follow Search Engine Land on Google+ Get the Search Engine Land Feed Connect with Search Engine Land on LinkedIn Check out our Tumblr! See us on Pinterest

 
 

Click to watch SMX conference video

Join us at one of our SMX or MarTech events:

United States

Europe

Australia & China

Learn more about: SMX | MarTech


Free Daily Search News Recap!

SearchCap is a once-per-day newsletter update - sign up below and get the news delivered to you!

 


 

Search Engine Land Periodic Table of SEO Success Factors

Get Your Copy
Read The Full SEO Guide