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The Developer’s Guide to Social Programming: Building Social Context Using Facebook, Google Friend Connect, and the Twitter API by Mark D. Hawker

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5 An Overview of Facebook Platform Website Integration

In today’s networked world, Facebook is a household name enabling users to create rich profiles and interact with others across the world through wall posts, status updates, messages, and pokes. For developers, the Facebook Platform has opened up almost infinite possibilities to create engaging applications that have before been mostly restricted to the internal Facebook environment. This is where Facebook Platform integration for websites (previously known as Facebook Connect) is different. It allows developers to hook into the Facebook ecosystem through external applications on the Web, cell phones, and even game consoles.

This chapter explores the fundamentals of Facebook for developers, ...

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