The Facebook F8 (pronounced "eff eight") conference is a yearly event held by Facebook and takes place in San Francisco, California. Its mission is to bring together the developers and entrepreneurs who are building the social web. The conference starts with a keynote speech by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg followed by various breakout sessions concentrating on specific topics. It is known for being the place where Facebook introduces new features and announcements to the public for the first time. The name "F8" derives from the tradition at Facebook of having a big eight hour Hackathon just after the event.
The 2008 F8 event was held July 23, at the San Francisco Design Center once again. News and announcements from this event included:
- Introducing the New Facebook Profile & More
- Integrating Facebook Connect into your Website
Facebook did not hold an event in 2009.
The 2010 F8 event was held April 21 at the San Francisco Design Center. The main announcement was the feature to add a “Like” button to any piece of content on a website by the owner. This feature is now integrated within around 2.5 million websites worldwide, with 10,000 more being added daily.
Additional news and announcements included:
- Social Plugins (e.g. Like button)
- Open Graph Protocol
- Graph API
- OAuth 2.0
The 2011 F8 happened on September 22, 2011. Facebook introduced 'Timeline' that showed a history of user's activity on their profile and also a broader version of 'Open Graph'.
The F8 2011 event was mainly focused on introducing new products, transforming industries, building and growing social applications and product Q&A. Some of the details of the topics were:
- The Future of Digital Music
- Mobile + Social
- The Rise of Social Gaming
- Investing in Social
- Developing Products at Facebook
- Social Design
- Distribution: Growing on Facebook
- Marketing on Facebook
- Hack Better: New Tools for Developers
- Inside HTML5 Development at Facebook
- Making Fast Social Apps
Facebook did not hold an event in 2012.
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Further reading 
- Barnett, Emma, "Facebook f8: Zuckerberg announces revamp: Facebook's founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has announced a host of changes to the site at the social network's f8 conference in San Francisco", The Telegraph (London), 22 Sep 2011.