Facebook to completely embrace open source

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At the moment, if you want to add an application to Facebookyou have to go through the rigmarole of making a deal with the site to use yourapps elsewhere. According to Techcrunch this is all about to change.
The website has been told by multiple sources that: “Facebookwill turn the year-old Facebook Platform into an open source project.”
Facebook Platform
The Facebook Platform was launched in May 2007 as washeralded as revolutionary. Where sites like MySpace had kept its softwarescripts close to its chest, not allowing outside application developers in,Facebook embraced the idea that apps should be made by those other than themakers of the site.
This meant that apps like iLike were available to users ofthe site and became incredibly successful.
The problem was that for every iLike, you had an app thatwould just clutter up your homepage – something that completely went againstFacebook’s clean and tidy image – and be about as much use as a chocolateteapot.
App attack
The announcement that Facebook could become completely opensource is an interesting one that will bring joy to some app writers who wantto share their work with other sites, while others who make money exclusivelythrough the deals they have done with Facebook may feel like the app money potcould get that little bit smaller.
It also puts the site into the firing line for any rival webmasters looking to get their mitts on what makes Facebook tick, just to make anunofficial version and try and reap the benefit.