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Building Better Stories with Location and Friends

March 7, 2012ByAlex Wyler

The most engaging stories often capture where you are, who you're with, and a photo to show what happened. Today we’re introducing several improvements to the Facebook Platform that allow people to do all of the things they can do in a status update – including add friends and location – directly from the apps they’re using. For example, an app used to share your favorite meals can now make it possible to add where you ate and who you were with. These features give developers the tools to build more robust apps that help people to fill out their timelines with more detailed moments.

Location and friends

Starting today, location and friends can be added as properties to any photo, link, or status written from an app. This is similar to the functionality a user has when they add a photo or updates their status.

Timeline map featuring friend and location

To enable these features, the following APIs and documentation are now available:

We have added familiar controls for managing tags. New users select the audience they would like to share their app activity with in the app permissions dialog. Users can choose to feature, hide or route these stories for tag review.

User generated photos and inline video playback for Open Graph

Many new apps have emerged in the past few years to give people a way to capture important moments through photos and videos. Developers working with the Open Graph can now build apps that display large user generated photos and playback video in news feed and timeline.

  • User generated photos — can be attached to actions and shown in a large format in news feed and timeline when the user_generated property is set
  • Inline video playback — is supported in news feed and timeline when using the og:video tags on an object

We look forward to seeing the new experiences you will create with these features.