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Some of Facebook’s applications have attracted thousands of users.  Others have become routine targets of ridicule.  Yet, with a new move to open up the Application Directory and “About Us” pages to search engines and non-members, Facebook is probably trying to capitalize on that first fact.

Developers are liable to embrace the change, viewing anything that will enhance their user bases (and their checkbooks’ balances) as good.  To be honest, though, the thing that most stood out to me was the time at which this expansion was announced: 2:33 PM yesterday.  Credit goes to Akhil Wable for giving up his Sunday afternoon to post on the Facebook Developers page.

Wable’s effort may have been wasted – I’m not sure that many people who weren’t drawn to Facebook for other reasons will be swayed by its collections of apps.  Still, he addressed what could have been a concern for current members, writing, “Logged out users will only have read access to the content on the about pages.”

Also, “We will show only first names for all users, and a profile picture will be displayed only if the user allows it in their public listing.”

Again, this may not be the most powerful change to ever occur at Facebook.  But it should at least avoid annoying users, and proves that the company’s employees are willing to work on weekends.

Facebook App Pages Now Searchable
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