Facebook Boasts 3,000 Timeline AppsBy: Drew Bowling - March 13, 2012
Facebook news comes by way of SXSW wherein the social networking site announced that third-party developers have taken kindly to this whole apps for timelines. In fact, the company says, nearly 3,000 apps have launched since Open Graph apps started stepping out into the Facebook world a mere two months ago.
Foursquare, Nike, The Onion, VEVO, and Fandango are some of the latest companies to launch apps for Facebook timeline. Bolstering this newest wave of app launches, Facebook cited some app-encouraging statistics for some extant apps:
Now that apps allow users to tag locations and friends, app developers have all kinds of new ways to Facebook-ize updates from users. Here’s what you can expect from the newest wave of timeline apps:
This is likely good news for Facebook and will undoubtedly encourage more companies to launch their own timeline apps as the Facebook continues its transition from a private and person-driven site into the most spring-loaded diving board advertisers have ever enjoyed. While this is all well and fine for those companies, this means the morass you already have to wade through to find actual personal updates from your friends just got unfathomably deeper. The Onion, in a moment of brilliant introspection doubling as spot-on outward summary, sums up the impending wave of timeline apps succinctly with their invitation to dress your timeline in their own app: