Mark Your Calendars: Planning for Facebook’s Platform Changes Over the Next Three Months

For all the product managers and engineers out there, yesterday’s Facebook Platform roadmap announcements were a mixed blessing: on one hand, it’s fantastic to have a relatively cohesive picture of what’s coming in the next few months for the first time. On the other, there are a lot of changes coming, the specific consequences of many of which are unknown, and there’s a ton of work to do as a result.

So in case you missed one of the 19 specific announcements Facebook made yesterday, here’s your calendar of upcoming Platform changes, based on Facebook’s Developer Roadmap:

Late October 2009

1. Simplified policies posted, verification program ended, and “extending verification standards to all applications”
2. Platform Live Status tool launching, which will show “updates on platform stability and load”

November 2009

3. New email permission API (developers can ask users to share their email address)
4. Access point to invites will be moved “to either a filter in Inbox or surfaced in the Application and Games Dashboards”
5. User-to-user Inbox APIs will be launched
6. Stream story formatting changes (1 image shown by default, few lines of text, 1 action link)
7. New “add bookmark” button

November/December 2009

8. Notifications API (both app-to-user and user-to-user) will be removed (note: Facebook says this will happen “30 days after email permission is available”)
9. Feed forms cannot be popped open without “explicit user intent” (note: this is a new Facebook policy)
10. Application bookmarks moving from the bottom menu bar to the left side of the home page
11. Counter API launching (counts can appear on home page application bookmarks)
12. Applications and Games dashboards launching
13. New application branding on canvas pages launching

December 2009

14. All stream publishing APIs beside Stream.publish, Facebook.streamPublish, and FB.Connect.streamPublish will no longer be supported (this will happen on 20 December)
15. Revamped developer site launching

Late 2009 / Early 2010

16. Requests API will be removed (note: Facebook says this will happen “30 days after launching new Inbox sharing”)
17. Profile boxes will be removed (application tabs will be the only way to integrate into the profile page at that point)
18. Improved analytics and APIs launching

Early 2010

19. Open Graph API launching