What does Facebook’s Open Graph mean for the common user ?


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I watched the livestream of F8 Today. I’m no developper, I know, but it’s always good to know what’s going on in the social Networks internal loops.   

There was a bunch of new features announced, no location-awareness yet, but the annoucement included a one-for-all permission dialog and oAuth adoption which was very well welcomed by the audience. 

What seemed to be the most important new feature was the Open graph concept. The idea lies in going from a relationships mapping (what facebook used to do) to mapping every activity one does on the web and aggregate it on one platform that is facebook. It’s basically trying to connect real life things to your social graph. 

Yelp is mapping the graph related to businesess. Pandora is mapped to music. If we can take these maps of the graph, we can make a web that is more social, personalized, smarter and semantically aware.


What does this mean for the common user? 

From now on, you’ll see a Like Button all over the internet. Actually, Facebook announced partnerships with over 30 websites such as CNN, ESPN, IMDB, Pandora and Zuckerberg expects more than 1 Billion Like buttons to be scattered all over the web in the coming 24h. 



If you happen to like, say a movie on IMDB.com, the Like button will power a suite of plugins : “the Activity Stream Plugin”, “the recommendations plugin” for example.

You liking this movie will go directly to your Facebook stream. Not only this, since it’s a movie, it will also go under your favorite Movies on Facebook, giving a more personalized touch to your browsing. You’ll also see Facebook friends who happen to like the same movies as you do.

A great example of the recommendation plug-in is Pandora. Now for the first time when you go to Pandora it will be able to start playing music from bands you’ve liked all across the web.

These are quite powerful concepts that will absolutely change the way we browse the web. Reading an article on CNN will become a social experience as well. With platforms like open graph and @anywhere the social web is becoming more than a reality. How far will all of this go, I guess we’ll have to wait and see…

The integral keynote script can be seen on techCrunch

Update: Reactions to Facebook Open Graph accross the web


I Think Facebook Just Seized Control Of The Internet   

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Lamia Ben