2010.05.08

Facebook, you are doing it wrong

So, I’ve been delaying this post for a couple weeks, I was trying to finish my first Facebook app before posting the bugs and undocumented API that I’ve found while developing a Facebook tabbed app (application that runs inside a tab) and helping some of my co-workers with another projects involving Facebook.

Facebook, you are doing it wrong

Let’s get started, recently many big companies started to invest a lot of money on “social media” and to use Facebook as one of their platforms to engage with consumers, and the way they usually do this is by adding new tabs to their profiles using it almost as a micro-site. Here are a few samples: GAP, Adidas, Axe and many more..

My first complain is about the way that Facebook setup tabs, why the hell a tab needs to be an application? why everything is an application even being outside Facebook (Facebook connect website) or something that you don’t want other users to install on their profile or access through a canvas page? why does the tab works completely different than a canvas page or a Facebook Connect website and have different restrictions? why is it so hard to get started and why the documentation doesn’t explain which methods are available on a tab? – many questions, no answers..
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