Early last month Facebook released the latest version of Graph API V2.4. Since 2014 FB has had four other releases focused on versioning the core APIs and SDKs. This has allowed to developers to gain more control over the features used by their applications. The rollout of the new API will also be extended to IOS and Android SKDs as well.
There have been a number of changes, but here are some of the highlighted changes:
Simplified Access To Timeline Posts – The API now returns information about the type of attachments in posts. This will allow devs to determine the type of content that is shared in posts opposed to the previous version, which had different object types for statuses. This new feature makes it easier to access the content from a person’s timeline if the application has the appropriate permissions.
Minimal Default Fields – The latest version also cut back the number of default fields that the API returns. This will allow for faster performance with mobile applications.
Video Insights – There are many more metrics available for tracking the performance of the videos uploaded to your page. It’s easy to track the total number of auto plays, plays, and whether the views were paid or organic.
Page Video Options – Choosing whether a video is embeddable is now an option along with selecting a category and setting expiration behaviors.
Improved Marketing API – Facebook has made it easier to organize ad objects. Labels can be used to tag adsets, ads, creatives, and campaigns. A few metrics have also been merged into the Marketing Insights API. This should make viewing the ad performance information more readable.
As I previously mentioned this is only a preliminary mention of the changes highlighted in Open Graph API V2.4. For full details on everything that has changed refer to the official Facebook changelog here: https://developers.facebook.com/docs/apps/changelog
Also note, if you are still using Graph API V2.0 it’s time to start considering an upgrade. V2.0 will be deprecated a year from now on August 7, 2016.