Dev

Facebook shows developers some love with new alerts system

Facebook is rolling out Developer Alerts, a way for developers to keep tabs on their Facebook apps via email and Facebook notifications.

The new alerts cover a range of key communiques, such as notifications of upcoming API changes, status updates for new app submissions, and communications about the social network’s policies.

The whole system is part of Facebook’s recent wave of attempts to give developers what they need and specifically request. In this case, the company said devs were asking for more and better communication.

“Most developers won’t receive alerts very frequently, but when you do we hope you find them a helpful way to understand and track issues with your app,” writes Facebooker Min-Young Wu today on the company blog.

“We’re beginning to roll this out to apps today and plan to enable it for all apps in the coming weeks.”

Special alerts will go out when Facebook is planning changes that might break your app. You’ll get notifications 90, 60, and 30 days before the change goes into effect until you’ve enabled the necessary migration.

For clarity’s sake, app alerts are going to be threaded by issue and will include links if you need to get more information or take an action. Notifications will also be sent out when an issue is resolved.

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