What you can do with the Social Graph is changing on April 30th. Let’s recap some of the important changes that will take effect for all apps using the v1.0 API at the end of the month:
Users can now choose to decline any permissions your app requests, except for their public profile. As a result, if a user declines a permission that...
What you can do with the Social Graph is changing on April 30th.Let’s recap some of the important changes that will take effect for all apps using the v1.0 API at the end of the month:
Users can now choose to decline any permissions your app requests, except for their public profile. As a result, if a user declines a permission that is critical to your app’s performance, your app will offer the user a broken login experience unless it has been updated.
Users’ friends’ information (including pictures, profile information, etc.) is now restricted unless their friends are already using your app.
User IDs will no longer remain constant across apps. They will now be different and unique and referred to as app-scoped user IDs.
Facebook Chat functionality in your Web-based, desktop, or mobile instant messaging products will be deprecated and, therefore, cease working.
The implications of these changes are significant for what is possible with the Facebook Platform. No longer will you be able to build apps with the Social Graph API that relies on user’s Friends data for recommendations, connections, or interactions unless other users have also authorized the app. In addition, messaging related to apps will either have to happen through a Game or be limited to an invitation to join an App.
Facebook has rolled out a new Facebook Media Solutionsprogram and a new public feed API,which offer some interesting new opportunities to use aggregate data from the platform as well as to access the Public Feed API and Public Posts. Fission is excited to be a part of this program, and help to bring this functionality to the nonprofit community as we explore new ways to leverage the power of Facebook for social good.
As you think about what this means for your existing Facebook App, we are more than happy to talk through what needs to happen to upgrade your app, including how you can properly handle declined permissions, ensure your app and database work with app-scoped user IDs, and redesign any features relying on users’ friends’ data.
Feel free to contact our team at Fission if you’d like to talk.