Exadel has a lot of experience helping customers “mobilize” their businesses. On November 4th, Exadel shared its expertise in this area by hosting a webinar looking at the pros and cons of the two main approaches for mobile development: native apps and mobile-targeted Web apps. You can view a recording of the webinar online.
Tiggr Adds Mobile Components for Tiggr Prototypes
Tiggr, Exadel’s online collaborative tool for developing prototypes for applications, continues to pack new and exciting features. In late November, Tiggr added a mobile component palette based on the jQuery Mobile framework. You can now develop interactive prototypes for iPhone, iPad, Android, or any other mobile device. Additionally, Tiggr’s collaboration now works behind a firewall. Learn more about these feature by visiting the Tiggr blog, and keep up on the latest Tiggr developments by following the Tiggr project on Twitter.
Exadel at Devoxx 2010
Devoxx is an annual European Java conference in Antwerp, Belgium. Exadel participated in Devoxx for the first time this year. At the conference, Exadel’s Max Katz presented on Mobile Development Choices: Native Apps vs. Web Apps. You can view the slides from this presentation on Max’s blog.
Two More Projects Move to exadel.org
exadel.org is Exadel’s open source and community Web site. We have just finished moving two open source projects over to exadel.org: Exadel Fiji and Exadel Cloud in a Box. Fiji takes any Flash widget or JavaFX applet and wraps either one as a JSF component, making it simple to add rich content to a JSF page (works with JSF 2 now). Exadel Cloud in a Box is a ready-to-use stack (an Amazon Machine Instance or AMI) of open source software that you can run in the Cloud (Amazon) or on your own hardware to develop rich internet applications.
Exadel Develops CCH Mobile for Wolters Kluwer
CCH, a Wolters Kluwer business, launched its IntelliConnect® tax and accounting research platform with great success, but then needed a mobile extension for the platform. They turned to Exadel for help, and Exadel delivered CCH Mobile™. Read what CCH has to say about this project.
AllFacebook boasts a nice feature where you can see what the top performing Facebook Pages are – meaning which Pages have gathered the largest following to date. The problem is that there’s apparently a significant lag, and that the data presented is therefor inaccurate (for example, it undercounts the number of fans of the popular Texas Hold’em Poker page by nearly 1.5 million).
Enter Fan Page List, which is entirely dedicated to ranking the most popular Pages on Facebook as well as rankings for various categories, such as Actors, Politicians, Movies, Games, TV Shows, News, Athletes and more, in real time.
The most popular brand on Facebook is … Facebook, with just over 9 million fans. The only other Internet / technology brands in the top 25 are YouTube (#4 with 5,082,029 fans) and Google (#21 with 1,269,926 fans). Food and clothings brands seem to do much better.
In case you’re wondering why Apple is nowhere to be found in the top brands ranking: the Cupertino company doesn’t even have a proper Facebook Page to begin with (it looks like facebook.com/apple was taken by someone else). Microsoft does, but only comes in at #99 with 117,444 fans. But hey, at least they still made the top 100 list, right?
Here are the top 10 brands on Facebook (for the full list, go here):
We’re hearing that iTunes will be implementing Facebook Connect support in the near future, allowing users to share some of their recent purchases with their friends on Facebook. We’re still gathering more details, but it sounds like this could happen quite soon.
It certainly adds up. Over the last few weeks, iTunes has been building out its Facebook Page at Facebook.com/iTunes, which now includes polls, featured items, and is being promoted in iTunes itself. And Lala, which was acquired by Apple in December, has extensive experience working with Facebook Connect (they also power Facebook’s song gifting feature).
To be clear, you can already share songs on iTunes using both Facebook and Twitter (the feature was introduced last September). It sounds like this integration would make this easier, and there’s obviously the possibly for Apple to leverage Facebook’s social graph in much more interesting ways in the future.
Apple has previously worked to add Facebook support to other apps — iPhoto includes an integrated Facebook photo uploader.
Facebook has lately been ramping up efforts to obtain registered trademarks in the United States and other countries and regions for a number of products and services it offers or intends to offer in the future.
In case you’re not aware, Facebook Developer Garage events are developer get-togethers hosted all over the world, which are being described as “a place to explore, get gritty, tinker, experiment, and test out ideas for Facebook Platform”.
Interestingly, Facebook filed for a trademark in three separate classes, only one of them including “sponsoring and organizing online and live exhibitions and events in the field of software development”. I’m not sure if that means Facebook intends to use the term ‘Developer Garage’ for more endeavors in the future or if they’re simply covering all their bases, but here are the descriptions of the two other classes the company applied a trademark for:
International Class 009: Computer software development tools; computer software for use as an application programming interface (API); application programming interface (API) for computer software which facilitates online services for social networking, building social networking applications and for allowing data retrieval, upload, download, access and management; computer software to enable uploading, downloading, accessing, posting, displaying, tagging, blogging, streaming, linking, sharing or otherwise providing electronic media or information via computer and communication networks.
International Class 042: Computer services, namely, creating virtual communities for registered users to organize groups and events, participate in discussions, and engage in social, business and community networking; computer services, namely, hosting electronic facilities for others for organizing and conducting meetings, events and interactive discussions via communication networks; application service provider (ASP) featuring software to enable or facilitate the uploading, downloading, streaming, posting, displaying, blogging, linking, sharing or otherwise providing electronic media or information over communication networks; providing an online network service that enables users to transfer personal identity data to and share personal identify data with and among multiple websites; providing information from searchable indexes and databases of information, including text, electronic documents, databases, graphics and audio visual information, on computer and communication networks; providing temporary use of non-downloadable software applications for social networking, creating a virtual community, and transmission of audio, video, photographic images, text, graphics and data; computer services in the nature of customized web pages featuring user-defined or specified information, personal profiles, audio, video, photographic images, text, graphics and data.
Trademark applications for ‘Facebook Developer Garage’ were filed in the U.S. on the 24th of March, and in Europe on the 29th of March.
There will be lots of news leaking about Facebook’s product announcements at their upcomingF8 Developer Conference in April. That’s because they’re already starting to test out a lot of the new stuff with third party developers, and once two people know a secret, it isn’t really a secret any more.
One of the new features we’ve been hearing about is the extension of Facebook Connect and the Facebook API to allow publishers to add a “Like” button to any piece of content on their site.
Sound trivial? It isn’t. This is likely part of Facebook’s Open Graph API project that will incentivize third party sites to interact deeply with Facebook by sharing content and associated metadata.
Today you can “share” content with Facebook via a simple button (you can see our implementation at the top of this post). The new Like feature goes way beyond the Share button, we’ve heard.
Good for publishers? Yes. But it’s also very, very good for Facebook as hundreds of thousands of websites will rush to format their content to exactly Facebook’s preference and send over all their data without a second thought.
One way to think of this, says a source with knowledge of the product, is this. Google spends billions of dollars indexing the web for their search engine. Facebook will get the web to index itself, exclusively for Facebook.
Yes, it’s a big idea. Or, as MG put it, the entire Internet will be turned into a tributary system for Facebook. And it all flows from a simple Like gesture, and a few other features we’ll be writing about shortly.
As more and more people share and connect on Facebook, we are growing our operations and teams to support them around the world. Just last week, we announced plans to invest in a new Austin, Texas, office, and today in India we unveiled our intentions to open an office in Hyderabad.
Both of these offices will allow us to better serve the more than 400 million of you now using Facebook worldwide, as well as our growing number of advertisers and developers. We are now hiring people to join the online sales and operations teams that we’re forming in these new locations.
By having multiple support centers in a variety of time zones, we can provide better round-the-clock, multi-lingual support.
The new offices come at a significant time in our international growth. Seventy percent of the people using Facebook are outside the U.S. and are accessing the service from more than 70 languages. In India alone, we’ve seen rapid growth and now have more than 8 million people there actively connecting on Facebook with their friends, family, and other people they know, both within India and around the globe.
The new operations centers in Austin and Hyderabad will supplement our support teams in our Palo Alto, Calif., headquarters and office in Dublin, Ireland. We’re proud to now call America’s Lone Star State and India’s City of Pearls home.
Build a viral and loyal community by transforming your fan pages into a service center and advocacy hub
A Get Satisfaction support page within your Facebook community
With Get Satisfaction, the fan page is transformed into a powerful source of social knowledge that extends far beyond Facebook. Just as on your wall, the Get Satisfaction App allows customers post questions, feedback, concerns, praise … but before they post, we’ll search all the community and display the conversations, answers, and responses right there inside Facebook. If they post a new topic, that too becomes a part of the Get Satisfaction community.
Leverage the power of Facebook fans — your most social customers — to become a part of your larger customer community. Because all this social content is hosted in the Get Satisfaction platform, it is highly optimized for search engines and can also be syndicated on your website or pushed into your CRM. This new actionable intelligence delivers valuable consumer insight that ripples throughout the organization and into customer service, consumer relations, sales/marketing, R&D, and product development.
Those who already have a Get Satisfaction community and a Facebook fan page can chose from two integration plans:
Social Engagement Hub on the Facebook Fanpage
A custom integration for brands and high volume communities that lets you fully brand the community experience inside Facebook fan pages with:
Brand customization and banner real estate in the fan page community
Configurable viral post messaging to maximize acquisition of new fans
Customizable tab name
And much more, available upon request…
Support Tab on the Facebook Fan Page – Coming Soon!
The simplest and most effective way for small and medium companies to use the Fan Page App to support their customers on Facebook.
There are two different Libraries available for Coldfusion to publish on facebook.
According to facebook Wiki posting on a wall is very confusing and very difficult to write a program to publish on a wall.
I spent around 2 weeks reading many articles and many documents, Wiki on facebook but in vein and tried many ways and finally I got one workable model. Below are 5 simple steps to publish on a Facebook wall.
If the user grants your application the offline_access extended permission, 0 gets returned for expires and the session never expires unless the user removes the application. In this case, you should store the session key so the user doesn’t have to log in the next time he or she launches your application.
Once the browser has been redirected successfully and you have your session information, you should automatically close the browser window. Note: The above code will execute only once. We should note down the above session key, This will be used to auto login into the application.
If you don’t save these session key values you should generate other token key to create one time session key.
Step4: Setting Permission for wall
Giving Permission to your application to publish on facebook wall. To give permission just replace the your API key in below URL and execute in browser.
Google has just announced via tweet that it’s integrating Facebook Page updates into its real-time search results. Google first revealed that this was coming back in December, when it first started including real-time data in its search results. Other data sources for Google’s real-time results include MySpace and Twitter.
The only problem with the new addition is that Facebook is only granting Google access to updates from its 3 million Pages, which are generally for celebrities, politicians, brands, and local businesses — not your average Facebook user. That information could occasionally be useful, but the power of real-time search comes from having a large number of contributors. Facebook has a huge amount of data from its 400 million active users, but it isn’t sharing most of that with Google. Instead, it’s only granting full acess to user updates to Bing (though that isn’t live yet). Bing will still only be getting status updates that are shared with /06/24“Everyone“, but with its recent privacy overhaul in December, Facebook ensured that it would have far more of those than it used to.
Unlike Twitter, which is reportedly making money off of its search deals with Bing and Google, Facebook isn’t charging the search engines for its data. According to Danny Sullivan at Search Engine Land, Facebook is giving away the status updates because they may drive more people back to the social network.