Facebook is updating their policies!

Facebook announced this week that they are further tightening their policy and API restrictions.

The abbreviation API means Application Programming Interface. It is software or programming code that allows applications to communicate/connect with each other.  Here is Wikipedia’s explanation:

An application programming interface (API) is a particular set of rules (‘code’) and specifications that software programs can follow to communicate with each other. It serves as an interface between different software programs and facilitates their interaction, similar to the way the user interface facilitates interaction between humans and computers.

There are tons of service providers who provide APIs in general for the applications and online services we use.  Facebook has now, thankfully, tightened the restrictions on companies and developers regarding APIs.

Generally speaking… when starting out, technology and people are pretty open… As we experience more and learn in the process, we tighten things up for our own well-being and safety.  I foresee what’s happening with Facebook will happen with other service providers who are more open with their applications.  I also see laws being initiated and passed such as GDPR in Europe.

An Upcoming Facebook Change You Need to Know About

Your ability to post to your personal profile is being phased out for everyone and all tools that allow it.   Services that allow you to post to your social accounts like  MissingLtrs,  Coschedule, Buffer, etc… will stop supporting posting to Facebook Personal Timelines.

Posting to Pages remains unaffected.

I see this as a good thing overall.  Your personal data is less accessible to developers in my mind… it is a step in the right, Nurture Your Nature™ direction while also allowing open-ness for connection and business.

Nurture Your Nature™ with Your Technology, Business, and Life,
Darshana Hawks
Your Tech Queen