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:
Pinterest grew its daily active Facebook user base by 60%.
Goodreads increased daily traffic by 77%.
Pose saw 5X growth in signups on its website and mobile app.
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:
Foursquare: Foursquare uses many of the new features announced last week to bring its location app to timeline. People can now add their Foursquare check-ins to their timelines and maps, share their badges and see the top places they've checked into.
Nike: The Nike+ FuelBand is becoming more social through a series of Facebook integrations. As of last week, people can use the Nike FuelBand iPhone app to find friends and see a leader board of how much Fuel they've earned versus their friends. Soon, people will be able to post their achievements and milestones directly to their timeline.
The Onion: Laugh alone no more. People can now log into TheOnion.com with their Facebook account to add The Onion content directly to their timeline and share articles and videos as they read and watch. Friends can discover articles in News Feed, and get personalized recommendations on TheOnion.com, making "America's finest news source" more social.
VEVO: Vevo introduced a new integration that lets people sign into Vevo.com with their Facebook account, get personalized video playlists based on the artists they've liked, discover new music through friends, and post any music video from Vevo’s massive library directly to their timeline.
Fandango: Movie fans now have another way to bring their favorite films to their timeline. The new Fandango timeline app lets people add the clips they watch, the movies they rate and any films they want to see.
Viddy: Viddy, the mobile app for creating quick videos and adding filters, now lets people add clips to their timelines as they shoot. Now when people film videos from a vacation or everyday life, they can share them to Facebook and collect their clips on the Viddy app for timeline.
Endomondo: Endomondo brought its fitness app to timeline so people can share their workouts, progress and favorite routes with friends on Facebook. Sharing fitness activities with friends makes it easier to coordinate workouts and cheer each other on to new fitness goals.
RootMusic: The new RootMusic timeline app lets people mark their favorite songs and artists and the concerts they plan on attending from the Facebook Pages of bands, like The Stone Foxes. As people click "favorite", "going to go" and "wants to go" on a RootMusic app, their picks will be added to their timeline.
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: