Facebook Connect: One Year Later
by Ethan Beard - December 9, 2009 at 11:05am

One year ago we launched Facebook Connect to enable developers to bring Facebook identities and the social graph to their own technologies. With the help of all of you, Facebook Connect has made thousands of websites, applications, consoles, and devices more social, and even made everyday actions - like watching TV, reading the news and playing games - more valuable with the addition of friends.

In the past year, Facebook Connect has grown in many significant ways:

  • More than 80,000 websites and devices have implemented Facebook Connect
  • More than 60 million Facebook users are engaging with Facebook Connect on external services each month
  • Two-thirds of comScore’s U.S. Top 100 websites and half of comScore’s Global Top 100 websites have implemented Facebook Connect

From social widgets like the Comments Box, Share button and Live Stream Box to deeper integrations including log in, Facebook Connect is helping developers drive more traffic to their site, ease the registration process, and provide a more engaging experience for users. By adding social elements through Facebook Connect, websites in a variety of verticals are revolutionizing industries.

Here are some examples of services that implemented Facebook Connect in its first year:

  • Websites: Yahoo!, Huffington Post, YouTube, Bilde.de, MTV, MyVideo.de, Microsoft Live and MSN.com, CNN, Lufthansa, TVGuide.com, NBC.com, Lala, Orbitz, Netflix, Showtime, Yelp, iGoogle, Digg, and MasterCard
  • Mobile Applications: Many of the top iPhone apps, including Bejeweled 2, Tap Tap Revenge, USA Today, Scrabble, Rock Band, UrbanSpoon, Doodle Jump, Gowalla, Sportacular, and Movies
  • Game Consoles: Microsoft Xbox, Nintendo DSi, Sony PlayStation 3
  • Desktop Applications: iTunes, iPhoto, Seesmic, TweetDeck

As we enter a new year with a personalized and social Web, the possibilities for innovation with Facebook Connect are endless. Our friends will define and guide our experiences across the Web, with Facebook Connect as the underlying technology that powers real world social interactions online.

What will the next big Facebook Connect implementation be? We can't wait to see what you do in 2010.

Ethan, who leads the Facebook Developer Network, wants to thank you for being a part of Facebook Connect's first year.