It appears the mystery as to why Facebook Connect was available, and then not available, has a little something to do with blocked API access. According to sources at All Things D, Facebook denied Apple’s Ping access to the application programming interface that would allow users to search for their friends, which left them with only a few friends willing to respond to their emailed Ping requests. Normally, this kind of API access is open and doesn’t require any kind of permission, but when it’s being accessed numerous times at a very rapid rate (like, say, 160 million at a time), it’s natural for Facebook to put a screeching halt to the requests and focus on protecting their users data.
Other sources added that Apple went and allowed access to the Facebook APIs anyway, and that made Facebook block it because that kind of access violated its terms of service. The same TOS that holds on to our precious photos and embarrassing wall posts.
Earlier today, Facebook said that it ” believes in connecting people with their interests and we’ve partnered with innovative developers around the world who share this vision. Facebook and Apple have cooperated successfully in the past to offer people great social experiences and we look forward to doing so in the future.”
It’s all hearsay at this moment in time. Apple still included the ability to find Facebook friends in its demo at the music event, but even though our emails are teasing that Facebook Connect is possible, it’s just not happening. We’ll keep you updated as this story progresses.
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