Despite the backlash over the Cambridge Analytica data abuse over the past few weeks, Facebook is marching forward with its F8, its annual developer conference. How will Facebook continue to push developers to build on its platform while maintaining strict control over how data is shared with app makers? For all the updates regarding data privacy, new tools, Oculus, and more, follow along here.
Facebook F8 (pronounced “eff eight”) is a mostly-annual conference held by Facebook, intended for developers and entrepreneurs who build products and services around the website. It is hosted in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, previously in San Francisco (until 2016) and now in San Jose, in Silicon Valley. Previous events have started with a keynote speech by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, followed by various breakout sessions concentrating on specific topics. Facebook has often introduced new features, and made new announcements, at the conference.
The “F8” name comes from Facebook’s tradition of 8 hour hackathons.
The scheduling of F8 has been somewhat erratic. No conferences were held in 2009, 2012 or 2013, and the date for the 2011 conference was announced late in the year.[ads-post]
The first F8 event was held on May 24, 2007, at the San Francisco Design Center in San Francisco. The notion of the social graph was introduced.
The 2008 F8 event was held July 23, 2008, at the San Francisco Design Center once again. News and announcements from this event included:
- Introducing the New Facebook Profile & More
- Integrating Facebook Connect into your Website
The 2010 F8 event was held April 21, 2010 at the San Francisco Design Center. The main announcement was the feature to add a “Like” button to any piece of content on a website by the owner. This feature is now integrated within around 2.5 million websites worldwide, with 10,000 more being added daily.
- Additional news and announcements included:
- Social Plugins (e.g. Like button)
- Open Graph Protocol
- Graph API
- OAuth 2.0
F8 2011 was held on September 22, 2011. Various things Facebook introduced at the conference included a new profile redesign named ‘Timeline’ that showed a history of user’s activity on their profile, and a broader, more advanced version of the ‘Open Graph’ protocol.
The F8 2011 event was mainly focused on introducing new products, transforming industries, building and growing social applications and product Q&A. Some of the details of the topics were:
- The Future of Digital Music
- Mobile + Social
- The Rise of Social Gaming
- Investing in Social
- Developing Products at Facebook
- Social Design
- Distribution: Growing on Facebook
- Marketing on Facebook
- Hack Better: New Tools for Developers
- Inside HTML5 Development at Facebook
- Making Fast Social Apps
F8 2014 was announced on March 8, 2014 by Facebook representative Ilya Sukhar that the F8 event would return on April 30.
The conference was focused on Facebook’s strategy to become a ‘cross-platform platform’.
Here is a list of the main topics:
- Audience Network
- Autofill With Facebook
- Anonymous Login
- Removing The Ability To Pull Friends’ Data
- Granular Mobile Privacy Permissions
- 2-Year Core API Stability Guarantee
- Graph API 2.0
- Mobile Like Button
- Send to Mobile
- Message Dialog
- Visualization APIs For Media
- Pricing changes
- Analytics and Offline Storage
- Internet.org Innovation Lab
The 2015 F8 conference was held on March 25, 2015 at the Fort Mason Center.
The 2016 F8 conference was held on April 12 and 13, 2016.
Announcements: Facebook Analytics adds push and in app notifications feature
The 2017 F8 conference was held from April 18, 2017 to April 19, 2017, at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California. Announcements included:
Integrating the camera more into Facebook and Messenger, including more 360º features
New augmented reality platform, challenging Snapchat
Facebook Messenger: chat extensions including Spotify, Apple Music, and Aeromexico – which are called up by the user but do not chat in groups;
- improved discovery
- further integration of M virtual assistant
- Virtual reality hangout app for Oculus Rift
- Deep learning framework Caffe2
- New 360º surround cameras
- Helicopters that provide internet via fiber optic cable
Building 8 project aiming to allow people to type straight from their brain and hear through their skin
The 2018 F8 conference was held from May 1, 2018 to May 2, 2018, at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. At the conference, Facebook announced the creation of their own online dating service. Shares in the dating business Match Group fell by 22% after the announcement.
Facebook Developer Conference. Coming Soon…!!!
A conference about technology and human connection. April 30 + May 1, 2019 San Jose, California
Facebook’s annual developer conference spotlights our global community, the latest … F8 2019 will happen April 30 & May 1, 2019 at the McEnery Convention, San Jose, California.