Facebook Helps Developers Plan Ahead

Facebook Wednesday threw its software developers a bone, releasing a “roadmap” of forthcoming features to help them plan their products. They include new ways for software applications, like games, to messages Facebook users when their friends want to play Scrabble, for instance.

The company also said it will be releasing a new navigation menu to allow users to gain quicker access to hundreds of thousands of applications from the left-hand side of their screens.

At the event at its Palo Alto, Calif. headquarters, the company also snuck in some news of a slightly different flavor. The social networking site said that it plans next year to release a tool that will allow any Web page to show up in Facebook search results.

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