Facebook purchased Face.com just a few weeks ago, and Face.com said that although they had been acquired by the company, they would continue to support the Developers who use the API, because they “love you guys”.
Well, perhaps due to pressure from Facebook, the API is now being shut down meaning that developers who have worked hard on projects will no longer be able to use it.
They are allowing developers to download their data, and the KLIK app has been removed from the App store, according to the Face.com homepage.
Developers have dedicated months of work into projects that require the API to function correctly, and now they are being stopped, simply because Facebook says so, even though it goes against a previous statement released by Face.com. Well we know who wears the trousers in that relationship.
The API technology is now likely to be used solely by Facebook behind the scenes for benefits for their company.
A Twitter user named James Mundy has got lucky though. He has been working for months on his project that requires the API and was gutted to find out it is being shut down. Luckily he managed to speak to someone at Face.com and they have allowed him an extension until October for him to find an alternative to work with according to his tweet that has been featured all over the web.
http://Face.com API is shutting down. Yet another service killed by an aquisition.
This makes it clear that you have to be careful if your project or business relies on 3rd party API’s or a particular service, as they can end, which means so does your business.