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Facebook Introduces 60 New Timeline Apps; Improved Auth Dialog and More!

Facebook: 60 Timeline Apps, Improved Auth Dialog, Facebook added a new way to enhance user’s Timeline experience by adding 60 new timline apps from a variety of different companies. “Starting today, developers can build apps that let people add anything they love to their Timelines – whether it is eating, traveling, shopping, running or taking pictures,” Eddie O’Neill writes.

Facebook released 60 timeline Apps

As a part of the this launch, more than 60 apps are going live today – including Pinterest, Rotten Tomatoes / Flixster, Foodspotting, Gogobot, and more,” announced Facebook.

“These are great examples of how the Open Graph brings experiences to Facebook. The developers took things that users already enjoy and made it easy for users to express them on their timeline,” Eddie said.

For users, once you’ve added an app, you can begin updating your timeline with your activities as they happen. “Soon, there will be apps for all types of interests, as more apps will launch over time,” Carl Sjogreen, director of platform, informed.

How to add apps to your timeline?
“Timeline apps are for the activities you want to share with friends. You choose when to add an app, and you decide who can see it. After you’ve added an app, you can always remove posts directly from timeline, and you can also edit your settings from your personal Activity Log,” Sjogreen explained.

And, if you are new to Open Graph, check out the tutorial on how to use the Open Graph to integrate your app with Facebook. “If you’ve already submitted Open Graph actions, we are starting to approve actions that meet our guidelines today, and hope to have all actions previously submitted approved within the next month,” added Sjogreen.

Also, launched today is the improved version of “Auth Dialog” and the “migration plan for developers.”

More Control & Clarity for Users
Similar to the inline-app privacy controls people have when they post content, Facebook today introduced a new, inline privacy setting that allows a user to control who can see their app activity on Facebook. With this setting, people can share their app activity with as large or small an audience as they’d like.

“We’ve added headline and description areas, so developers can help people can learn about their apps before installing them. There is also a new area of the dialog to let people know when they’re installing a Timeline app, which’ll share their activity in the app on Facebook,” revealed Matin Movassate.

Inline Privacy controls for Facebook app activity

Facebook optional permissions

Optional Permissions
“We’re moving extended permissions to a second screen, so they’re easier to review, and we’re making them optional for users. With this change, we’re also providing a new area that lets developers explain why they’re requesting the optional permissions,” Movassate said.

“We’re also deprecating the 'offline_access' permission. Instead, we’re providing developers a method to reset the expiration time for valid, existing access tokens when a user interacts with their app.”

Adding, “there’re no changes required for most apps, but developers utilizing the 'offline_access' permission will have until May 1, 2012 to update their apps.”

Authenticated Referrals now available to developers. “By enabling the feature, the permissions dialog will be displayed inline when people click any link to your app on Facebook, enabling you to personalize people’s experiences the moment they arrive at your app,” Movassate said.

Facebook authenticated referrals

Implementation & Required Steps
Movassate writes, “new Auth Dialog is starting to rolling out today for web, mobile and desktop apps. You can start using it in your app by enabling the “Enhanced Auth Dialog” setting in the Developer App. When you upgrade to the new dialog, be sure to also provide a compelling, headline and description via the Developer App and verify that your apps don’t break if users deny optional permissions.”

Adding, he said, “On February 1, 2012, all apps will be enabled for the improved dialog, but those that haven’t fully configured their dialog can disable the setting in the Developer App until February 15, at which time it will be turned on for all apps.”

For more information, see this tutorial.

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