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Facebook To App Developers: Good Idea, Now Stop Using Our API 158

An anonymous reader writes "In what seems to be a recurring theme with Facebook as the social networking giant adds features, competing apps that use Facebook integration risk being cut off due to the terms of service surrounding the API. For example, 'Voxer CEO Tom Katis told AllThingsD that the company got an email on Thursday saying that Facebook wanted to hold a phone call to discuss possible violations of a section of the company’s terms of service. The section in question centers around the use of Facebook’s social graph by competing social networks.' Similarly, 'Within hours of Twitter launching its Vine video-sharing application on Thursday, Facebook has cut off access to Vine’s "find people" feature, which used to let Vine users find their Facebook friends using the Vine application.' You have to ask yourself: is it really worth developing an app that integrates with, or worse runs completely on Facebook's platform?"
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Facebook To App Developers: Good Idea, Now Stop Using Our API

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  • Um, DUH? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Todd Knarr ( 15451 ) on Tuesday January 29, 2013 @04:35PM (#42730871) Homepage

    Why would you ever design a product that's completely and utterly dependent on a service provided by someone else, especially someone else who you view as a competitor or who may down the road view you as a competitor, without an iron-clad, air-tight contract guaranteeing exactly what services they'll provide you and providing scorched-earth-level penalties for their failure to provide service according to the agreed-upon terms? Anything less is pretty much a guarantee that they'll pull the rug out from under you as soon as they think it'll be to their advantage. I'm not a business type or some super startup guru, just a lowly techie, but even I can figure that one out. Gleh, what do they teach in school these days? That the Universe is all rainbows and unicorns and that everybody plays nice all the time?

  • by Todd Knarr ( 15451 ) on Tuesday January 29, 2013 @04:37PM (#42730891) Homepage

    Because they want an R&D division to come up with profitable new ideas for them?

  • Re:Is it worth it? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by houstonbofh ( 602064 ) on Tuesday January 29, 2013 @05:08PM (#42731313)
    When your entire business is totally dependent on someone else's business, you have absolutely no control.

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