Good news for Facebook Developers, that Facebook is going to launch the next generation Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) on 18th May, 2012. Officially Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) will be launch on 6th June, 2012 after successfully testing of IPv6 last year June 8th 2011 but now the next generation Internet Protocol (IPv6) is coming on world’s top social networking website Facebook a few weeks earlier. Facebook Developers will be able to begin working with the IPv6 version of Facebook on May 18, 2012 to prepare for the Internet’s global upgrade to the broader set of addresses on 6th June, 2012.
Last year Facebook had also participated in testing of this new Internet Protocol v6 one year prior, on June 8, 2011. IPv6 will provide more than four billion times as many addresses as the current Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) providing. You would be thinking why IPv6 is going to introduced after IPv4? And where’s Internet Protocol version 5 (IPv5) gone? So the answer is the version IPv5 skips because the experimental protocol IPv5 proved unfit to launch after IPv4. The next generation of Internet Protocol v6 is also a vital version because the current Internet’s addressing system IPv4 has run out of free space and it needs to be upgraded with latest technology. Every internet tech device of internet based on a unique address to communicate with other systems and devices so it’s important to make conversion to IPv6 which provides over 4 billion times more addresses than IPv4 is providing today. Latest Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) will assure everyone including (Users, ISPs, Organizations, Governments, and Companies) have direct and open access to the Internet without any technical interruptions.
According to Facebook Blog Post about Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6);
With the World IPv6 Launch coming on June 6th 2012, Facebook has committed to enabling IPv6 access for our users on most of our HTTP and HTTPS endpoints. Based on the results of last year’s IPv6 test on June 8th 2011, we are confident that enabling IPv6 on our platform will be a success. On May 18th, we will be enabling IPv6 on beta.facebook.com ahead of World IPv6 Launch to give our developer community time to discover issues and report bugs back to us.