Facebook Is Promoting Circle Time for Developers

The social network introduced Developer Circles From Facebook at F8

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Facebook is encouraging collaboration by its developer community with its launch of Developer Circles From Facebook at its F8 developers conference in San Jose, Calif., Tuesday.

The program is open to developers worldwide and free to join, and each Developer Circle is led by members of the local community and has its own dedicated Facebook group.

The social network also announced that it teamed up with online training platform Udacity on custom Facebook training programs, which will be available via Developer Circles’ Facebook groups or the Udacity site.

Vice president of product partnerships Ime Archibong provided more details on Developer Circles in a blog post:

Developer Circles is a community-driven program that’s free to join and open to any developer. Each Developer Circle is led by members of the local community who act as leads for the circle, organizing events offline and managing a local online Facebook community.

Developer Circles are forums to share knowledge, collaborate, build new ideas and learn about the latest technologies from Facebook and other industry leaders. Whether a member of a circle is a student learning how to code, a developer looking to turn an idea into a reality or an experienced coder searching for the latest Facebook product and open-source tool updates, Developer Circles empowers a diverse range of technical talent to improve their skills and access the information they need.

By fostering stronger communities and creating more technical awareness, our goal is to empower developers, similar to existing Facebook programs like FbStart, which, for the past several years, has focused on helping early-stage startups succeed.

Developer events, conferences and hackathons take place everywhere. But we often hear that it’s hard to maintain the momentum, collaboration and knowledge-sharing in between events. With Developer Circles, in addition to hosting meetups and hackathons, each local circle will have a dedicated Facebook group where members can continue the conversation between meetups.

In Facebook groups, developers can share code, links, videos and anything else they would already share on Facebook. We are piloting Facebook groups features with our Developer Circles communities, like social learning units comprised of sequential trainings that allow developers to deepen their knowledge on topics like React and bots in Messenger.

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david.cohen@adweek.com David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.