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Platform Updates: Operation Developer Love

January 16, 2013ByShireesh Asthana

Graph Search

Yesterday, we announced improvements to Facebook search to help people discover more of the people, places and things they care about.

Apps are now more discoverable on Facebook with Graph Search. In addition to showing up in search results based on your app’s name, they can show up in search results based on criteria like "strategy games my friends play" or "apps my friends who live in San Francisco use." To optimize your app for Graph Search, please make sure your app details are up-to-date and that your app is properly categorized.

Please visit to learn more and request access for the limited beta.

Showing larger images for links in news feed

Now, when a person shares a link to a page in your app that contains a large image (200x200px or larger), it will be presented more prominently in news feed. These larger images draw higher engagement from friends, which drives more people to your app.

To take advantage of this improvement, be sure to include large images and tag them appropriately. Please provide the largest images you have, and we will automatically downsample and crop them for people based on the device they're using. For more information, please see our documentation and best practices.

Upcoming breaking changes

As announced in November, the following changes will go into effect on February 6th, 2013:

  • End of custom actions for content consumption
  • Authenticated referrals going away
  • Create_event permission required to remove attendees from event
  • Minor change to admin.getAppProperties call
  • Canonical URLs used when fetching Open Graph objects
  • Offset no longer allowed when searching posts
  • Curly bracket syntax for mentioning users in notifications going away
  • Removing ability to post to friends walls via Graph API
  • Picture connection/field may return a dictionary

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

Weekly stats

The following stats are for activity between 01/09/2013-01/16/2013:

Bugs activity

  • 237 bugs were reported
  • 67 bugs were reproducible and accepted (after duplicates removed)
  • 13 bugs were by design
  • 33 bugs were fixed
  • 114 bugs were duplicate, invalid, or need more information

Bugs fixed

Activity on

  • 278 questions asked
  • 60 questions with a score of 0 or greater
  • 25 answered, 42% answered rate
  • 39 replied, 65% reply rate