Facebook Open Stream API

last update : 29 august 2010

On april 27th, 2009, Facebook announced a new Open Stream API that will allow developers access the home page and profile streams. Facebook has always been known as a walled garden of social data (bringing lots of information in but rarely letting information out). Until now, the only data you could access was the status updates of the user, and a few other things.

The stream is the flow of information on Facebook, which manifests itself on a user’s home page as the News Feed and on the user’s profile as the Wall. It represents the content a user shares with friends in a real-time setting. Initially the stream content appeared only on Facebook, and now with the Open Stream API, developers can connect to their users’ streams and let their users read their streams wherever they want. This means that for the first time, you can build new user interfaces for the stream everywhere including Web, mobile, and desktop applications.

The stream API allows for reading and creating content. Thus, your applications can get users’ stories, comments, and likes, and incorporate this data into your user experience. More informations are available in the release notes.