Facebook f8? Read The Fine Print

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The terms and conditions of Facebook’s new f8 development platform may give its targeted developer audience pause before firing up the IDE and getting to work.

The debut of Facebook Platform for application development received the kind of reception by tech observers that a World Series winner gets from its fans. Enthusiasm, euphoria, and lots of love surrounded its launch.

As Larry David might say, curb your enthusiasm. Vecosys blogger Ivan Pope took a peek at the terms and conditions associated with f8, and he found a couple of gotchas that developers have to consider.

He summarized the salient points in his post:

Be aware of this:
1. Facebook can limit you or terminate you at any time at their sole discretion (Section A.3)
2. Facebook reserve the right to impose fees at time and in any manner (Section 3)
3. Facebook can copy and distribute your Application, and analyse the content in order to target advertising (Section 4)
4. Facebook may create similar applications to yours, with no obligation to you (Sectition 4)
5. You can

Facebook f8? Read The Fine Print
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  • rodney_rumford

    True, there is legal wording that might give some developers reasons to pause. Most of this is boilerplate stuff.

    But the fact remains that it is a platform and the network effect might just be too compelling to ignore by businesses and developers. It is win/win/win across the board .

    We are reviewing and rating facebook widgets and applications here: http://www.facereviews.com

    Rodney Rumford

  • Jeff Nelson

    I have been following this release. There has been a ton of positive and negative feedback. Facebook better watch out. Check out what these guys are doing.

    facebook+f8+with+fu.html” target=_blank>http://www.cherrytap.com/cherrytap+counters+facebook+f8+with+fu.html

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