Facebook ‘Likes’ Local Developer Circle’s Rise


The Harare Facebook developers circle is growing at an impressive rate considering it was formed barely a fortnight ago, a visiting official has said. The group was formed with the objective to provide resources and expertise to interested Facebook developers.

Speaking at the launch of the local chapter of Facebook developers, Facebook Strategic Partnerships Officer Pride Dzambukira said he is enthralled by the growth Harare Facebook Developer Circle.

“If the rate at which this circle has been growing, that’s two weeks, it’s going to be the biggest circle in the world because it rose from zero to about 200 in 10 days so probably there were 100 people added in the first two days and another you know in the last two days,” he jokingly said.

He gave a brief history of Facebook Developer Circles saying this concept was incorporated into the company’s  mission statement.

Facebook Strategic Partnership Officer Pride Dzambukira

“We launched in April with 23 circles around the world. We had about 14 000 members. We probably now close to 20 000 and 29 circles. This (Harare Facebook Developer Circle)is number 30,” noted Dzambukira.

One of the finalists for the Facebook messenger bot challenge, Kuziva Muvezwa peaking at the same event said the group is meant to educate aspiring developers.

“We want to educate. We are all going to learn together.

Kuziva Muvezwa addressing attendants at Facebook Developers Circle

“I have been a programmer for the last 7 years. I will be learning as well. We will be learning as a community. There will be tutorials, Facebook product D drives and developing using our best practices,” he said.

He also said the other purpose of the circle is assist one another in coming up with polished products.

“Another thing is we want to help each other create better products. Exciting products.

“We would want to empower each other as developers to build successful apps and businesses,” he said.

Two local Facebook developers also shared their experiences in developing the Messenger bots.

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