Today Facebook launched a new application that lets you use your Facebook account on other websites. It's called Facebook Connect, and if you are on a participating website, you can connect your Facebook account to the participating site, and both sites can share the same info. The application is available to all interested third parties at http://developers.facebook.com/connect.php
The idea is that it gives you an easy way to log in to participating sites using your Facebook account, and you no longer have to recreate a new profile on every website. Friends will be linked across participating websites, and any action you do on a participating website can be shared through the Facebook news feed.
About 100 websites have already worked on Facebook Connect during a testing period, and are planning to release the feature soon. Some sites include:
- TheInsider.com (by CBS Interactive)
- Global Grind
- Inside Facebook
- Red Bull
- SGN iFun
Also, alumni associations at Oklahoma State University, University of Toronto, Oregon State and Ithaca University are planning to implement it, as well as services and plug-ins from Force.com, iModules, Pluck SiteLife and Six Apart.
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