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Facebook and the Race to the Top

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Once the race to open up begins among competitors, there is only one possible conclusion: total openness. Call it a race to the top, rather than a race to the bottom, since everyone gains. Here's the latest – and potentially highly important - example: Facebook, responding to Google's Open Social.

Sometime soon, perhaps this week, Facebook will turn the year-old Facebook Platform into an open source project, multiple sources have told us. The immediate effect will be to allow any social network to become Facebook Platform compatible - meaning application developers can easily take their Facebook applications and have them run on those social networks.

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Expect to see the four major technical pieces of Facebook Platform - FMBL (markup language), FQL (query language), FJS (Javascript library) and the Facebook API to be open sourced and made available to anyone.

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