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F8 Developers Conference: Facebook Game Shares Move to the Ticker

Date: Sep 22 2011 02:04:27 Source: games.com Views:
KeyWord: f8 Facebook Developers Conference,Zynga,FarmVille,F8,Facebook Games,Words With Friends,The Ticker

By Joe Osborne From games.com

You know those annoying pop-ups Facebook displays whenever you try to share something in FarmVille or what have you? Soon, those might be a thing of the past, according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The Facebook boss announced the change in brief during the f8 Facebook Developers Conference, referring to a particularly hilarious Internet meme.

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This change applies to Facebook apps across the board, but, of course, you're concerned with the games. According to Zuckerberg, sharing activity will be directly and automatically published to the News Feed or the Games Ticker, depending on what exactly it is you're sharing. And with that comes the privacy concerns.

Judging from Zuckerberg's brief mention of the change, this would cause apps to inform users upon installation exactly what activity they will automatically share. This information is extremely early, but imagine that, if developers like Zynga were to implement this change, that players would have the be informed of those changes.

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Later in the presentation, Zuckerberg mentioned that games will take even more advantage of the Games Ticker, which launched earlier this summer. The Facebook chief showed an instance in which a friend played the word "TEXT" against another in Words With Friends, which was displayed on the Games Ticker. He then proceeded to mouse over that Ticker notification, and it displayed a snapshot of the game board.

Of course, you could then jump into the game and start a match with either player. In short, the day of the game-stopping share notification will soon be over. In its place, much of the viral sharing in Facebook games seems as if it will take place in the Games Ticker. It appears that these changes have already taken place in Words With Friends.

When these specific changes will take place has yet to be announced, though imagine much of them will be up to the developers. And if FarmVille players' reactions to when 25 Comments to its flagship game is any indication, you're opinons will be mixed.

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