Chess & Social Networks
Caissa's Web has been designed from the ground up to integrate with the most popular social networking websites.
In recent years the idea of a website as an independent, stand-alone destination on the World Wide Web has been replaced by a vision of the web as an interconnected network of software applications, accessible through a web browser, that share data and functionality. The rise of the "API" or Application Programming Interface allows a website to make its data and functionality available to other websites.
Such integration has many benefits. For example, websites that use APIs based on User Identification standards will allow users to easily log in to multiple websites with the same credentials (email, username, password, etc.), rendering obsolete the need to remember and document different log ins for different websites. Similarly, "meta-applications" or "mashups" draw seemingly unrelated data and functionality from multiple website APIs so that information is organized in a way that is useful and valuable to the end user.
At the forefront of this trend toward integration are the so-called social networking websites which allow you to collect and connect with your online "friends" who share similar interests. This is particularly useful for game-playing websites like Caissa's Web because one of the best ways to stay in touch with friends is to participate in a game like chess that encourages social interaction. Integrating Caissa's Web with social networking websites combines the best of the chess playing features of Caissa with the extensive social networking features of websites like Facebook.
So how does all this fancy techno-talk affect you, the (prospective) Caissa member? Well, as much or as little as you like. If you want to ignore all this social networking stuff and just use Caissa as a traditional, stand-alone website for playing chess games and meeting friends interested in chess, Caissa will remain the perfect chess destination on the web. However, if you want to branch out to other networks of friends so that you can share your love of chess and even use chess as a way to keep in touch with friends and family, Caissa's Web offers the perfect platform for such activities.
Below you will find a list of social networking websites and a description of how Caissa integrates with them. If you know of a website that would be a good fit with Caissa, contact us.
Facebook (www.facebook.com) is one of the largest social networking websites. From the Facebook website:
"Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. People use Facebook to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet."
Additionally, Facebook provides one of the most advanced APIs available for integrating with the Facebook website. Known as the Facebook Platform, it allows application developers such as Caissa to deeply integrate with the many social networking features of the Facebook website.
How is Caissa integrated with Facebook?
You can access many of the most popular Caissa features from within your Facebook account. Additionally, you can involve your Facebook Friends in your chess endeavours by inviting them to install the Caissa application and play a game. Although it is not necessary for your Facebook Friends to a have a separate stand-alone Caissa account, we do encourage everyone who loves to play chess on Caissa to sign up for an account using the "Sign Up Now!" buttons at the top and bottom of this page.
- Caissa Chess on Facebook is full-featured.
Unlike many of the chess apps on Facebook which offer a basic chess-playing interface, Caissa Chess offers many of the unique features that make Caissa's Web the best chess site on the 'net. You can choose to play Chess or Chess960, chat with your opponent during games, make If-then moves in Corrrespondence Games, play and watch real-time chess games, collect all of your completed games in your Scorebook, as well as many other great features.
- Access your Caissa Correspondence Games from within Facebook.
Just as Caissa members spend alot of time on Caissa's Web, Facebook users spend alot of time on Facebook. If you are a member of both sites, why should you have to choose between these two great websites? With Caissa's Facebook integration you can access your Caissa Correspondence Games from within Facebook. Similarly, Facebook is implementing technology that will allow Caissa to import Facebook functionality such as profiles, friends and photos.
- Challenge a huge combined player base.
The Caissa Chess application in Facebook offers real-time integration with the Caissa's Web website, with all game data shared between the two sites. Finding a live (real-time) game is easy when both Facebook members as well as Caissa members are available for pairings. And if all else fails, the trusty and reliable team of Caissa chess computers is ready and waiting for a chess game at any time.
- Invite your Facebook friends to join Caissa and play chess.
Your network of friends on social networking sites like Facebook is a great resource for potential chess opponents. Caissa Chess allows you to tap into that resource and expand contact with your friends. Traditional social networking contact features like commenting on photos or "poking" friends is fun, but only games like chess allows you to keep in touch, exercise your brain, and add a competitive spark to your online relationships.
Hopefully this gives you a good idea of the features and benefits of Caissa-Facebook integration. If you have any suggestions about how to improve this integration, feel free to contact us.
The Caissa Chess application was not developed by Facebook and is not endorsed by Facebook.