Monday, January 7, 2013

Facebook Launches Flexible Sentences For Open Graph So Apps Can Share More Descriptive Feed Stories

Link to the full story is here

A Facebook news feed story that says “Tom tracked Muse on” doesn’t tell you much. But with new Flexible Sentences, apps can post stories like “Tom tracked Muse to get concert alerts via” that attract more downloads, are less awkward, and make the Facebook news feed richer. Facebook is also launching a tool to show developers which stories are most shared and could use rewording.

The update plays into Facebook’s “one feed to rule them all” strategy. It hopes to get all types of apps sharing their activity to its news feed and Timeline. This gives it content it can show ads around, and also helps it target those ads based on what people are doing in third-party apps. For example, even if a user doesn’t like the rock band Muse, thanks to the Songkick story discussed above, Facebook knows they’re interested in the artist. It then knows to show them ads about Muse concerts or merchandise.

In exchange for this content and ad targeting data, Facebook helps third-party apps gain exposure to new users and drive intalls. That’s important considering the cluttered app stores make it hard for developers to get discovered unless they reach the top of the charts.

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