Facebook F8

Facebook F8
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Facebook F8 is a developer conference organized by Facebook. It has been held since 2007 in San Francisco, California, United States. Originally conceived as an annual event, the scheduling of the conference has been somewhat erratic. No conferences were held in 2009, 2012 and 2013, and the date for the 2011 conference was announced with a considerable delay.

Facebook F8 is intended for entrepreneurs and developers who build products and services around the Facebook social media and social networking service. Its main goal is to bring together colleagues and like-minded individuals and give them a chance to discuss new opportunities and the further development of Facebook. The company also uses the conference as a platform to make new announcements and introduce new features. The event’s name alludes to the traditional 8-hour hackathon held right after the F8 event.

The inaugural F8 event was held on May 24, 2007 at the San Francisco Design Center. Its main highlight was the introduction of the notion of the social graph. Later on Facebook often used F8 to introduce new features. For example, the 2008 F8 event featured the introduction of the new Facebook profile, social plugins and Graph API were introduced two years later, and the main feature announced at the 2011 event was Timeline.

Facebook F8 traditionally kicks off with a keynote speech delivered by Facebook co-founder and chairman Mark Zuckerberg. The speech is followed by a series of breakout sessions concentrating on various topics concerning the further growth of Facebook and its products, subsidiaries and initiatives such as Instagram, Oculus, Facebook Messenger, LiveRail, WhatsApp, Internet.org, etc.

Facebook F8 is an event for all developers and entrepreneurs who want to learn more about Facebook’s applications and services as well as hear about the prospects of its development directly from Mark Zuckerberg and other executives. The attendees can meet up with Facebook engineers and ask them any questions concerning the integration of their products with the platform. The conference also provides an excellent opportunity to meet other developers, exchange ideas and experiences, and establish new business contacts.

In 2020 and 2021, the event was held online due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Facebook F8

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