Facebook enters the “app” market

FacebookFacebook have announced their entrance into the “app” (application) marketplace, the apps that are going to be on the “App Center” will all have a connection to the user using Facebook compatible apps via their mobile device (iOS and Android).

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“Today, we’re announcing the App Center, a new place for people to find social apps. The App Center gives developers an additional way to grow their apps and creates opportunities for more types of apps to be successful.

In the coming weeks, people will be able to access the App Center on the web and in the iOS and Android Facebook apps. All canvas, mobile and web apps that follow the guidelines can be listed. All developers should start preparing today to make sure their app is included for the launch.

A place to find great apps
For the over 900 million people that use Facebook, the App Center will become the new, central place to find great apps like Draw Something, Pinterest, Spotify, Battle Pirates, Viddy, and Bubble Witch Saga.

Everything has an app detail page, which helps people see what makes an app unique and lets them install it before going to an app.”

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The App Center will be available in the coming weeks, which will allow any potential developers wishing to use this social network within their app to develop and submit it.

Read the full article at the Facebook blog HERE

Facebook U-turns on phone and address data sharing

I think personally that Facebook had no choice other than to reverse this decision to allow external websites and companies to see users addresses and phone numbers, with the amount of junk texts and mail you get these days, this would have just added to the numbers in a massive way.

“Facebook appears to have U-turned on plans to allow external websites to see users’ addresses and mobile phone numbers.

Security experts pointed out that such a system would be ripe for exploitation from rogue app developers.”

I agree with the quote above from BBC Technology news in that this would be exploited and may have been a bit of a death nail for Facebook as more and more computer and internet users are now aware of protecting their privacy online and not to give out too much personal information.

Rest of article at BBC Technology news HERE

Steps to control the information you share on Facebook HERE