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Facebook Garage – F8 Edition

The next Facebook Developer Garage London event on Wednesday April 21st will give you the chance to watch a live video stream of Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote speech from the f8 Facebook Platform conference in San Francisco – see http://www.facebook.com/f8

Since many are unable to attend f8 in person due to the volcanic ash, Facebook has provided us additional resources to help run the event. Facebook hope their European developers will join us for an evening of education and collaboration.

It takes place at LBi in the Atlantis Building at the Truman Brewery, 146 Brick Lane, London E1 6RU (Google map), and if you’re coming please sign up on the Facebook event page.

The evening will kick off at 5.30pm (BST) with a live video stream of Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote speech starting at 6pm. Following this, Christian Hernandez, head of Business Development for Facebook in the UK and Europe will take the stage to discuss the events, and we’ll have live demos of new features from official Facebook launch partners who will be available to take questions.

Following this, Ethan Beard, Facebook Developer Network Director, will Skype in for a live talk about the new tools for all participants.

This is a FREE event, with free drinks and snacks.

Key sponsors:
Facebook
LBi
Adknowledge

Sponsors:
Nudge
iPlatform
Logicode

Be sure to join the Facebook group to be kept up to date and get notified of the next event too.

fbExchange.Net – a new site for Facebook development answers

With Daniel Schaffer (author of the .Net Facebook API Client) I’ve put together a Stack Overflow-type website for Facebook developer help called fbExchange.Net. It’s intended to build as a knowledge base and to be focussed more on tech than the official Facebook developer forum’s discussion format. (So hopefully the forum will be the place for “Is the Platform down?” or “What do you think of the new design?” type questions, and fbExchange.Net can be the site for “How do I…?” questions.)

For anyone who’s not familiar with the Stack Exchange model, you gain reputation by asking (good) questions, and answering them such that other people vote for your answers. For freelance developers and consultants having a high reputation can even help to bring work in. While the site’s in an early stage (“bootstrap mode”) it’s easier to gain points too, so there’s some benefit in getting in there now (hint, hint).

It’s intended to be dev-centred, but there’s no reason why it can’t cover most of the practicalities of “how do I set up a Facebook Page” etc, so feel free to create questions you know the answer to and even answer them yourself. The great thing about the system is that since it’s community moderated, and questions are tagged rather than put into categories, then the definition of “what can I ask?” is fairly broad.

ITV loves Facebook

Ben Ayers at the Facebook Developer Garage London

ITV loves Facebook it seems, digital manager Ben Ayers told the Favcebook Garage in London tonight.
They found 1.2 million visitors to their site were coming via Facebook, echoing Facebook’s own discovery as the sharing site of choice for most of the internet.

They’ve been busy amassing 600,000 fans of their shows and have found that over half of their own ITV.com users are also on Facebook.

It seems a major UK channel is waking up on the need to integrate their own content experience with conversations on  Facebook.
Especially the “two screen” experience, “people watching TV wihile chatting, reading live feeds and consuming other related content during our shows”. For shows like This Morning two-screen is now a major part of the viewing experience.

Facebook’s live stream social widget and public profiles offer other channels and shows the ability to tap into this growing consumer way of watching social TV.

Source – http://www.nudgelondon.com/blog/2009/07/itv-loves-facebook/

Developers making over $700,000 month on Facebook

According to Techrunch, at least one of the clients of Social Media are making over $700,000 a month from a suite of Facebook apps. Apparently it’s not one of the big game developers, but they’re not saying who they are only that “this was spread over 30+ of the client’s applications, but the company only consists of a handful of (very prolific) developers”.

If nothing else it shows there’s certainly serious money there to be had.

Full story here.

BBC ‘The Box’ Flash Game Competition Now OPEN!

The Facebook Developer Garage London is helping the BBC to find a fun flash game as part of their ‘The Box’ project, tracking a BBC branded shipping container as it travels around the world, transporting goods by sea, road and rail, to educate about globalisation. They’re looking for an enjoyable (and potentially educational) game which is related to the box project in some way. Any individual can submit a game they’ve created, with the final winning game available for the public to play on bbc.co.uk/thebox – and if you turn the game into a social network application, will link to this as well. Although the BBC isn’t allowed to actively promote developers it will place your name alongside the winning game on the site to acknowledge your efforts – a great showcase for your work. You’ll also have the chance to come into BBC headquarters to spend a day with the digital team and be interviewed for the site.

Jeremy Hillman, the BBC Business Editor, came to the November garage to tell us about the project – see the video below. To enter, simply email a link to your game to [email protected], along with your contact details. The entry MUST be from a named individual and not from a company or commercial organisation, and you must own the complete copyright to the game. We’ll be accepting entries until Friday 19th December. The top game will be selected from the entries by a judging board made up of Facebook Garage committee members, school children and other independent experts – the final winner will be announced on The Box website and at the Facebook Developer Garage on January 21st 2009, with the winning game continuing to be featured on the site for the duration of the project. 


BBC The Box Flash Game Competition! from Joshua March on Vimeo.

Lookery video: “The Facebook Platform is Dead”

This video presentation from Scott Rafer of Lookery makes the argument that the Facebook Platform is dead and that Connect is the next big thing, but only for the short term. Lookery is quite a high volume application advertising platform, as well as off Facebook, so has access to a lot of traffic data and can’t be dismissed out-of-hand.

View Scott Rafer’s presentation

BBC’s ‘The Box’ Flash Game Competition

The Facebook Developer Garage London is helping the BBC to find a fun flash game as part of their ‘The Box’ project, tracking a BBC branded shipping container as it travels around the world, transporting goods by sea, road and rail, to educate about globalisation. Any individual can submit a flash game they’ve created, with the final winner being voted on by the public. The winning game will be available for the public to play on bbc.co.uk/thebox – and if you turn the game into a social network application, will link to this as well. Although the BBC isn’t allowed to actively promote developers it has agreed to place your name alongside the winning game on the site to acknowledge your efforts which should be a great showcase for your work. Journalists from the BBC will be coming to the next garage on 12th November to tell us more about the Box project, when we’ll be releasing more details on how to enter the competition.
You can buy tickets for the garage at novembergarage.eventbrite.com and can see the Facebook event here.

October Garage: Speaker line up here, tickets available now!

TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/183235061

Join us this month as:

* Phil Clandillon and Steve Milbourne from Sony BMG talk about an application based competition they ran across Facebook and Bebo to promote Michael Jackson, lessons they’ve learnt and what else they’re doing on the platforms

* Chris Thorpe from MySpace discusses the changover from Open Social 0.7 to 0.8, and why sometimes it still makes sense to use Javascript in normal applications.

* Karl from Social Cash talks about using Facebook Connect

* Todd Fast, CTO and architect of Zembly, a Sun Microsystems tool to build and host applications across multiple social platforms.

* Toby from Nudge shows us their latest application, Spotted!

* Iskandar from Nudge goes over the latest developments on the Facebook platform.

This month thanks to Gold Sponsor Sun (http://uk.sun.com/startupessentials/) we’re back at Sun Microsystems Customer Briefing Centre and they’ll be laying on the pizzas, wifi and beer

Our Event Sponsors: Nudge (www.nudgelondon.com/blog), Logicode (www.logicode.com) and Social Cash (www.socialcash.com)

Media partners: Newspepper.com

This is a ticket only event. Tickets are £7.

Student ticket available for £4 with a valid Student ID card.

NB: Tickets can be bought on the door however, please buy online to avoid disapointment