Facebook Offers Better Integration with Website Publishers, Office Apps

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A new Facebook platform will now enable Website publishers to create a connection between the content on their sites and users' Facebook information, including a "like" button available as a plugin. An Open Graph Protocol lets Web pages become part of Facebook's social graph. In addition, ISVs are launching their own plugins. Facebook also announced an integration between Microsoft's FUSE Labs Docs.com and Facebook, letting users share Microsoft Office documents such as Word and Excel files on Facebook.

Facebook April 21 unveiled a Facebook Platform redesigned to let Website publishers build a bridge between their content and users' Facebook information.

The new Facebook Platform, which CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other executives unveiled at the company's F8 developer's conference in San Francisco April 21, supports Social Plugins.

These plug-ins require only one line of HTML or XFBML (Facebook markup language) tags to let publishers port Facebook's social graph to their Website.

The plug-ins include the widely reported-on Like button, which lets users share Website content they enjoyed.