Facebook to allow apps

Webmonkey – The Facebook stream is now wide open for developers.

The social networking site has launched its new Facebook Open Stream API, a set of tools developers can use to build apps that let users read, interact with and write to their Facebook stream. The company announced the arrival of the new API, which uses the emerging Activity Streams standard, in a blog post Monday morning.

Update: Also on Monday, the company announced it will soon offer support for OpenID logins.

The Facebook “stream” is the constantly updating river of news that displays what’s going on with you, your friends and whatever tidbits they’re talking about or sharing. Facebook defines the stream as the “the core Facebook product experience.” That’s definitely been the case since last month, when the site changed its default page design to bring the stream front and center.

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