Five years ago Facebook announced the Facebook Developer Platform and since it was announced at the 2007 f8 conference with 70 app developers the program has sky rocketed in use. In fact one year after it was first revealed the program already had 30,000 apps.
Adding to Facebook’s reach was the Connect platform in 2008, the first glimpse into third-party website integration for the company.
Eventually we were treated to the Facebook “Like” button, tons of games from the likes of Zynga and the Open Graph.
Fast forward to 2012 and the Facebook developer platform has created more than 182,000 American jobs with an economic value of $12.19 billion.
Throw in Facebook Timeline which is hated by many users but offers the potential for even closer app development integration and it’s easy to see why Facebook continues its meteoric rise, even as people complain about privacy issues and other Facebook missteps.