Until about six months ago, FBML was *THE* standard for creating custom tabs on Facebook pages.
Back this last spring, we learned that FBML was going away and that iFrame apps would now be the new standard.
However, existing FBML apps have continued to work (as we were told they would for a little while). A cut-off date has now been set.
Facebook has updated the Developer Roadmap to list 2 important dates for those that still have FBML tabs running around.
- Jan, 1st 2011: FBML will no longer be supported as of January 1, 2012.
- June, 1st 2011: FBML apps will no longer work on Platform. All FBML endpoints are removed as of June 1, 2012
What this means is that certain parts of FBML will probably start being irreparably broke starting in January… and that in June all FBML will simply go away. (Tabs may throw errors if they are still around, I’d make sure to have them taken down by that date even if you haven’t replaced them yet.)
I don’t expect to see any “mass-fail” starting in January but it is possible and if your business depends on that tab… this is YOUR cutoff date. For those who’s remaining FBML tabs are non-essential June is YOURS.
Is your Facebook page ready for the future? Be sure to keep these dates in mind!
What do you think about Facebook’s gradual transition from the very open FBML standard to the more secure but very different secure iFrame standard?
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