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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Facebook f8 Conference, July 23, 2008 – Facebook today introduced the latest advancements to Facebook Platform during its annual f8 developer conference, calling on its more than 400,000 developers to connect their Websites with Facebook through Facebook Connect, extend their applications to dozens of languages worldwide, and make use of new developer resources to help them succeed.

“We opened Facebook Platform with a belief that community innovation can give people the tools, and the power, to share and communicate in ways that Facebook can’t build on its own. We’re humbled by what our developer community has accomplished,” said Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook. “We’re confident that the changes we’re presenting today help developers build more meaningful social applications that enable users to share more information.”

Facebook earlier this week released its new site design for users to preview and test, which is being gradually rolled out to Facebook’s more than 90 million active users over the coming weeks. The changes announced today, along with those launched earlier this week, leverage Facebook’s powerful feed system to give developers a new way to gain visibility and help users share and discover more information.

Leveraging the Power of Feeds

“Across the Web, content creation has become easier and more immediate, resulting in a continuous stream of information through what we call ‘feeds’,” said Zuckerberg. “The power of feeds on Facebook is their ability to move you into a world where you receive relevant information in a social context wherever you are on the Web.”

The new site design emphasizes dynamic content and surfaces the most recent and relevant information and activity through feeds, both on News Feed and the Wall. For developers, the new site design enables even deeper integration within the profile for their applications. By taking advantage of the improvements with feeds on Facebook and the other new features, developers can more efficiently distribute their applications and gain more ways to engage meaningfully with users.

“We’re confident that the new profile and integration points will give entrepreneurs and developers even greater opportunities to build their businesses and deliver on the promise of Facebook Platform,” said Ben Ling, director of platform program management, Facebook. “One goal of the new site design is to align Facebook Platform with users’ interests who will see a new class of applications emerge that provide deeper engagement and a better experience.”

Making the Web More Social with Facebook Connect

Facebook announced that 24 Web sites and applications have joined its efforts to make the Web more open and connected through Facebook Connect. A developer ‘sandbox’ is now available so developers worldwide can start working with Facebook Connect.

Facebook believes that enabling users to take their identity and friends with them around the Web, while trusting that their privacy is protected, makes the Web more open and connected. Facebook Connect allows users to bring their Facebook account information, friends and privacy to any third party website, desktop application or device.

今日、計画されているFacebook ConnectをデモンストレーションするZuckerbergの基調演説で、Digg、Six Apart、Citysearchがライブでフィーチャーされた。一般ユーザーがFacebook Connectを利用できるようになるのは今秋である。

“Digg surfaces the best content on the Web as voted on by its community of 26 million,” said Kevin Rose, founder of Digg. “Facebook Connect will help us promote more conversations on Digg by giving Facebook’s 90 million users an opportunity to sign-in to Digg with their Facebook accounts and become part of the active Digg community. This allows both Facebook and Digg users to more easily share the content they care about with the people they care about.”

With Facebook Connect, users benefit from the following features:

• Trusted Authentication – easily authenticate into partner sites using their Facebook account

• Real Identity – leverage their real identity across the Web in a trusted environment

• Friend Linking – take their friends with them wherever they go, enabling trusted social context anywhere on the Web

• Dynamic Privacy – assurance that the same privacy settings users have set up on Facebook will follow them wherever they decide to login throughout the Web

• Social Distribution – share actions on partner sites with their friends back on Facebook through feeds Additional planned participants at launch include: Amiando, CBS.com, CNET, CollegeHumor, Disney-ABC Television Group, Evite, Flock, Hulu, Kongregate, Loopt, Plaxo, Radar, Red Bull, Seesmic, Socialthing!, StumbleUpon, The Insider, Twitter, Uber, Vimeo and Xobni.

Expanding Facebook Platform Internationally

翻訳システムが全世界的に成功した結果を受け、FacebookはFacebook Platformを利用するあらゆる開発者に対し、Translation Applicationを公開した。公開は今日からで、Facebookの開発者は誰でも、現在Facebookで使える20言語のどの言語でもアプリケーションを利用可能にすることができる。まもなく、さらに69言語が利用可能になる予定である。

自らアプリケーションを翻訳したり、母語での翻訳を決めるためにともに働く世界中のFacebookユーザーがアプリケーションを翻訳できるようにしたりするために、開発者はTranslation Applicationにアクセスすることができる。

This innovative approach combines the passion of Facebook users with technologies that are systematic and manageable. The Translation Application enables developers to get high-quality, fully-translated applications in front of users, no matter where they live or what language they speak – much faster than ever before, and without ever having to pick up a dictionary.

“Through Facebook’s international platform, the possibilities are endless for both developers and users,” said Chamath Palihapitiya, vice president of growth, Facebook. “With no language barriers to break through, developers can take the stage with an even larger audience of users from all over the world, and users will have access to even more great applications than ever before built by the world’s best developers.”

Helping Developers Succeed

When Facebook Platform launched in 2007, it gave developers the opportunity to create applications that are deeply social and meaningful to users. More than 400,000 developers and entrepreneurs from 160 countries have signed up and developed applications. For the next phase of Platform, Facebook has focused on ensuring that developers have the resources and incentives they need to build applications that deliver on the vision of Facebook Platform.

Facebook launched four new and expanded developer programs and resources:

1) Great Appsプログラム。FacebookのGreat Appsプログラムでは、ユーザーに価値を提供しFacebook Platformのビジョンを推し進めるアプリケーションに対して報酬が与えられる。このプログラムは、有意義で信頼に足る優れたデザインのユーザーエクスペリエンスを通して、Facebookのソーシャルアプリケーションのための指針を具体化するものである。また、同プログラムにより、Facebookはより良い視認性を得、新機能へのアクセスが早い時期にできるようにもなる。また、Facebookからのフィードバックもより多くなる。Facebookの開発者に対するGreat Apps選考プロセスの公開は9月である。

Facebook is excited to announce iLike and Causes as the inaugural Great Apps. “Facebook Platform provided iLike with an unprecedented opportunity to become one of the world’s leading online music services in just over a year,” said Ali Partovi, CEO of iLike. “I’m delighted that Facebook is committed to recognizing the apps that are most appreciated by users. We expect the Great Apps program to have a very positive impact on the entire Facebook Platform ecosystem.”

“The Causes application enables socially-conscious Facebook users to unlock the power of their social network in order to raise money and awareness for the causes they care about,” said Sean Parker, chairman and co-founder of Causes. “With more than 100,000 causes created by 12 million Facebook users, we’ve had remarkable success building user trust and value on Facebook and we’re excited to join the Great Apps program.”

2) Application Verification。FacebookはApplication Verificationプログラムを導入する。このプログラムは、ユーザーが信頼できるアプリケーションを識別するためのさらなる安定性を提供するようデザインされている。アプリケーションは安全で敬意を払え、かつトランスペアレントで、プラットフォームポリシーの順守に対するコミットメントを明示したものでなければならない。検証されたアプリケーションは、Facebookに追加された視認性の恩恵を受けるだろう。このプログラムは、Platformエコシステムを強固に保つために現在進行中のFacebookのポリシー施行を補完するもので、9月に開発者に公開される。

3) fbFundコンペの拡大。fbFundはFacebookエコシステムを成長させる試みであり、会社を始める際の困難のいくつかを解消することにより、開発者にリソースを提供するために昨年導入された。新しいコンペの一環として、Facebookは上位25のアプリケーションに対して$10M(1000万ドル)近くのノンリコースの助成金を出すことにしている。Facebookの審査委員会に加え、今年はユーザーがアプリケーションをテストし、2008年8月29日の第1ラウンドの締め切り後にお気に入りのアプリケーションに投票する。

Winners from the first fbFund competition were announced today and include: ConnectedWeddings, CourseFeed by Classtop, GoalCamp, HotBerry, J2Play, LuckyCal, MyListo, Podclass, Trazzler, and Zimride Carpool App.

4) New Developer Website Facebook is introducing a new website for Facebook Platform. Improvements include better navigation and cleaner access to the blog, wiki and forum to encourage community involvement. Facebook will also start highlighting social, meaningful and trustworthy application case studies.

For additional information on the announcements made today at f8, please visit the f8 Press Page at: http://www.facebook.com/f808Press.

About Facebook Founded in February 2004, Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Anyone can sign up for Facebook and interact with the people they know in a trusted environment. Facebook is a privately-held company and is headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif.

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(翻訳:Megumi H.)