Update: Since the event is over, I've replaced the live stream with the dedicated video.
Facebook's 2011 f8 developer conference is today. Rachel King and I are here covering the event. Our sister site CNET has a live blog up, and the embedded stream above should also keep you in the loop.
For the uninitiated, the almost-yearly f8 (pronounced "fate") event takes place at the San Francisco Design Center in San Francisco, California. The name derives from the tradition at Facebook of having an eight-hour Hackathon just after the event. It is Facebook's conference for developers, entrepreneurs, and innovators who want to build a more social Web. The all-day event features Facebook engineers and product teams with keynotes and session tracks that highlight the company's new tools along with best practices for third-party developers and partners.
The f8 conference typically starts off with a keynote by Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, followed by various breakout sessions concentrating on specific topics. The f8 conference has also been frequently used by the company to introduce new features and make announcements for the near future.
All that Facebook has said so far is that it will explore the following topics:
- New Products: We have some exciting product announcements that enable a new class of social apps
- Building Social Apps: Engineers and entrepreneurs share their best practices and strategies for building great social apps
- Open Q&A: Facebook’s engineering and product teams answer your questions
It's hard to say what exactly will be revealed this year, but the rumors tell a pretty good story (a media platform and three new buttons for it). See the links below for more details.
- Facebook Music won’t be very integrated, after all (rumor)
- Facebook to launch Read, Listened, and Watched buttons (rumor)
- Facebook to launch media sharing platform (rumor)
- Facebook Music to feature scrobbling, track unification (rumor)
- Facebook to launch music service at f8 next month (rumor)
- Spotify will not be alone on Facebook's music service
- Facebook accidentally confirms upcoming music service
- Rumor: Facebook has music plans that go beyond just Spotify
- Facebook slates 2011 f8 developer conference for September 22