The Facebook Platform’s stated mission is to “build the social web.” With help from social app developers, it certainly met its goal.
May 24 marks the fifth anniversary of Facebook Platform. The project first launched at the 2007 f8 conference to 70 app developers, like the Washington Post and Digg. Fourteen months later, at f8 2008, more than 30,000 apps existed on Facebook Platform.
An extension of Facebook Platform, Facebook introduced Connect at the same 2008 conference. Facebook Connect enabled third-party websites to build social integration into their user experiences.