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Platform Updates: Operation Developer Love

December 12, 2012BySean Quinlan

Since last Wednesday's update, we announced a new Login Dialog and the Preferred Marketing Developer Center. We also launched improved documentation that is automatically generated from our source code.

Platform policies update

We have updated our Platform policies (II.4) to clarify that until you display a conspicuous link to your privacy policy in your app, any data accessed by your app (including basic account information) may only be used in the context of the user's experience in that app.

Ability to link App Pages to App Detail Pages

We've released the ability to associate Facebook Pages with app detail pages in the App Center. Linking these two pages will add a "Go to App" or "Play Game" button to the top of a Page and a "Visit App Page" link to the right side of an app details page.

To link pages, we require the Facebook Page is categorized as an "App Page" (found under the "Brands & Products" drop down) and the Page name must contain the app name. You can associate these objects from the "App Details" section of your app settings.

Subscribe button becomes the Follow button

We are updating the Subscribe button to become the Follow button, because we found it is a term that resonates better with people who use Facebook. No change is required to your code. All apps will automatically be migrated to the new button.

New resources to promote your apps

Today we launched a new page highlighting our promotions products. This is relevant for developers looking to drive awareness and installs for apps on mobile and desktop. We want to make it easier to access the right marketing tools and have the information you need to achieve your marketing and business goals. Go to the Promote page for details and documentation about our ads ands sponsored stories products, as well as tools to get you started.

Upcoming breaking changes

As announced in October, the following changes will go into effect on January 9th, 2013:

  • Removing unused splash_screen_url and gamebar_image_url properties
  • Removing Dashboard REST API methods
  • Using canonical URLs when fetching data using link_stat table

Check out the Developer Roadmap for all updates on breaking changes.

Weekly stats

The following stats are for activity between Wednesday, December 5th and Wednesday, December 12th:

Bugs activity

  • 286 bugs were reported
  • 90 bugs were reproducible and accepted (after duplicates removed)
  • 11 bugs were by design
  • 30 bugs were fixed
  • 161 bugs were duplicate, invalid, or need more information

Bugs fixed

Activity on

  • 296 questions asked
  • 87 questions with a score of 0 or greater
  • 24 answered, 28% answered rate
  • 54 replied, 62% reply rate