Huge Facebook Announcement Today! My Guesses...
Facebook’s f8 Developer Conference is going on this morning in San Francisco, bringing together tons of developers. Along with the techies will be an even bigger contingent of tech-related bloggers, waiting with a slew of possibilities already typed up from their best guesses, each carefully crafted paragraph awaiting a rapid cut-and-paste as the picture emerges.
Today is supposed to be socially earth-shattering, according to Ben Parr at Mashable, who is one of the rare kingly figures who actually gets to see the secrets before they are released to the commonwealth. He might have his article already written, inserting a few choice quotes as they are spoken, hitting that submit button well before the rest.
In keeping with previous Facebook-related revelatory events, as a techie who has to listen through the walls of the royal court, culling together hints and whispers, I will do what I do best during these final hours before a big Facebook release....
I’m going to make 3 big Technorati guesses:
This morning, Mark Zuckerberg and his team will release the following exciting news about Facebook:
Facebook Music will be integrated into the interface, a full-fledged player integrated with an incredibly large music library, likely from an existing social-based music service like Spotify or Turntable. This is a no-brainer, as the integration of music into the Facebook interface has been loudly broadcast from a distance.
The music feature will allow you to pop out a player so you can minimize (or possibly even close) the typical Facebook window, listening to music at work without someone over your shoulder. You’ll also be able to see what your friends are listening to, and sync up with their “playlist.” You will be able to share your listening pleasure as well with who you want.
A wide-open code-chunk SDK
Facebook will make app developers incredibly happy by ripping wide open its code structure for others to pry into, and “borrow from” for their own apps. This is not just simple single sign-on authentication into other apps or websites using Facebook; this will be the ability to grab ahold of whole feature chunks within Facebook itself and create your own works using them, as well as enjoying server storage space from Facebook’s own media servers. I’m talking snapping in Facebook’s entire photo sharing structure for your very own app, whether it is a filtered image app or recipe sharing service. Users of your new app will take photos as usual with their mobiel devices, storing on (and sharing images from) Facebook’s servers over the Web.Continued on the next page