Facebook is prepping for its developer conference on Sept. 22. Above, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg prepares to speak at a news conference at Facebook headquarters. (Justin Sullivan/GETTY IMAGES)

This is the fourth semi-regular conference that Facebook has held for its developers in its seven-year history. The event started in 2007, but the company skipped the conference in 2009.

At the last f8 conference, Facebook unveiled the “Like” button, so it’s reasonable to expect that one or two big new features could be hitting the network after the gathering.

It will be interesting to see what Facebook, which recently revamped its privacy settings in a way oddly similar to the new Google+, will unveil for its users — some of whom are happily jumping ship to Google’s nascent network.

Facebook developers will have a much larger megaphone, reaching the company’s 750 million-strong network of users. And Facebook is taking care to nurture its developers, since CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said that he believes the future of social networks is not in user growth, but in cultivating a better network of mobile and social apps.

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