Facebook Developer Updates: Real-Time Features, Stream Plugin Upgrade, News Articles in Searches

By Eric Eldon Comment

Facebook announced a few changes to its platform yesterday, that have been showing up in recent weeks. Here’s a quick look.

It has begun providing developers with real-time updates for page updates, as well as object updates including location, timezone, relationship status and significant other. Developers can also now subscribe to check-in data, the same as other objects, provided that the user has granted permission. These updates allow developers to update their cached data without having to poll Facebook’s servers, helping to improve their user experience and overall reliability.

The Live Stream video plugin has also gotten an upgrade, making it more like other social plugins. Users can check a box to share their updates with everyone else watching the stream in real-time, and they can also choose to not share their comments with friends on Facebook. The company has also allowed multiple Live Streams on a single web site, providing a URL that will link status updates to the appropriate page.

Finally, and as has been appearing for a number of weeks, articles that your friends Like are now appearing in the Facebook search typeahead interface, not just in your news feed.