- What are the pros and cons of an apps only strategy?
- What are the best practices around a hybrid website/app approach?
- And, is there still such a thing as a website only strategy?
What do you think? What is your take on the above questions?
I was recently interviewed by Rebbecca Fanning for Asian Venture Capital Journal about VC's facing global challenges. The cover story describes how VC's are spending more time (than money) huddling in conference rooms with CEO's and entrepreneurs, revising business plans, bugets and strategies. Some interesting data points:
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Facebook Connect is all about making the Web more open and social. Over 6000 developers have so far has integrated Facebook Connect to their sites and contributed to this mission. Today, just launched our first social widget for Facebook Connect - we call it the Comments Box.
Wei Zhu & Ray He explains in this video how you easily can implement the Comments Box on your site and contribute to make the Web more open and social.
They did it again! The team at Nana10 has just launched their second Facebook Connect integration in one week. This time we are not talking about the Israeli Elections, rather the most popular reality show on Israeli TV: Survivor. The show which will air every day on Nana10, will show viewers what's happening to the participants and let Facebook users live-comment on the show.
Another great example of what a smart team of developers can do with Facebook Connect.
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I just love this. Xoopit, a Firefox-plugin integrated with Facebook Connect has just brought social context into Email. Ever since I became a Facebook user I have been thinking about how cool it would be to bring the social graph into my Email. Email is still the main platform through which people communicate on the Internet and so surfacing social context into email - just made email so much more social,exciting and useful.
Xoopit has obviously integrated Facebook Connect and is plugging into Gmail through Firefox, BUT if you are an ISP or an web-mail provider - you can do this yourself without the need of a plugin or the support from Facebook. I'm really excited to see this innovative integration of Facebook Connect via a plugin into mail, but there is so much more an webmail provider can do by integrating Facebook Connect directly.
I would love to see Facebook Connect integrated into leading local webmail services around the globe and make email more social.
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The Israeli elections were just held earlier this week. Inspired by what we at Facebook did with CNN during the inauguration of President Obama, and Nana10 & Israeli TV Channel 10 decided to totally by themselves launch a similar integration. What was impressive, was the fact that they did it all by themselves and manged to even upgrade the integration by allowing people to actually comment on the live reports during the live stream, not just making status updates.
The Nana team told me afterwards that the reactions were so positive that they have decided to luanch similar integrations for the very popular reality show "Survivor" as well.
Kudos, the Nana team for being so innovative and showing the world what you can do with Facebook Connect. I am postive that this will inspire other media companies to follow suit.
To learn more about how you can implement Facebook Connect to make the world more open and social, just follow this link. Everything you need to know is here and you woun't need any approval or support from Facebook to launch it.
Speaking at a Facebook Developer Garage is a fantastic opportunity for us at Facebook to connect with our developer community all over the world. At these Garages we can listen and learn firsthand how we can continue to make Facebook Platform even better, and how together we can continue to make the Web more social.
The timing of the Garage was perfect since Nana10.co.il, one of the leading Israeli portals, just launched their Facebook Connect integration. I was excited to share some details on many of the programs we announced and launched in the last few months including Facebook Connect, winners of our fbFund competition, our Application Verification Program, and our new partnership with Salesforce. We were also thrilled to have leading entrepreneurs Eyal Magen of Gigya and Alon Carmel of Devunity speak about their products and integrations with Facebook and the social Web.
The excitement and the enthusiasm for Facebook Platform was phenomenal, with over 200 developers, entrepreneurs, and local media professionals attending the event.
For me, this was a great opportunity to connect with Israeli developers and to be able to give something back to my homeland and the Israeli Internet community. Israel might be a small country, but Israeli developers and entrepreneurs are everywhere. Rumor has it another Facebook Developer Garage Israel is already in the works. We hope to see you at the next one!
Special thanks to Alon Carmel from Devunity, Yaron Orenstein from the Co.il's, Orly Yakuel and Benchmark Capital's Michael Eisenberg for making this Garage possible.