No acquisition rumours here, just Yahoo! APIs, and plenty of them. The ever-growing number of Facebook applications using our APIs is a testament to how easy it is to get our content on to other platforms.
One of the latest Yahoo! entries is Music Blogs, a slick Flash application that lets Facebook users search and play music from music blogs, post favorites to their profile, and share them with friends. Created by William White and Joseph Magnani of Yahoo!'s Media Innovation Group, the player has already received good press and has over 100 users on Facebook. Not bad for a week-old application.
The Thanksgiving holiday is a great time to sample some of those Yahoo!-based Facebook applications, some made by Yahoo! employees and some by 3rd party developers. Here's a, by no means complete, short list:
- del.icio.us - Creates a bridge between your del.icio.us and Facebook accounts, letting you display your recent bookmarks on your profile. You can also display recently saved bookmarks in the News Feed.
- My Flickr - Display your photos according to various criteria such as Recent Photos, Tags, Interesting, Date Range, Privacy Filter, Photosets, and sortings. Also displays your photos with different layouts.
- zuPort: Flickr - Automatically imports your Flickr photostream keeping your sets, collections, tags, and comments intact. Customize to pick how many photos to show, layout, and more.
- Upcoming.org - Shows you all the Facebook events you're going to, plus a list of the latest events in your city from Upcoming. Also updates your Facebook friends with all the public Upcoming events you're going to.
- Yahoo! Music Videos - Browse and share favorites in your profile, and send dedications to friends. Automatically spotlights videos that match artists found in your profile and your friends' profiles (check out our "making of" blog post on this one).
- Local Updates - Keeps track of where you've been, where you want to go, and where you're at. Uses Yahoo! Local.
- My Weather - Displays the weather forecast for your city using Yahoo! Weather.
- Yahoo! Finance - Add market data and dynamic charts from Yahoo! Finance to your profile
- Answers - Lets you show you and your contacts latest questions, from Yahoo! Answers, on your Facebook profile.
- Yahoo! Search - Get all the features of Yahoo! Search from your Facebook account.