Appbistro, a service that helps page administrators find apps, is launching a verified developer program.
During the verification process, Appbistro will set up the app multiple times to make sure that it executes its core purpose and then assigns a rating and review to that app. It won’t verify apps that crash continually.
The company will also check that the developer offers a customer support solution, whether via email, phone or online. “This is one of the most important aspects for us in that it gives us confidence that your installation of the application will go smoothly and if not, that you will have a helping hand to guide you through,” a spokesman said. “We also ensure that the support system is ongoing and not short-term. It can’t just be any support though, we require it to be speedy and thorough.”
The inaugural verified developers under Appbistro’s program are Payvment, Work For Us and Pagemodo. The program is currently open for submissions for any developer who has an app that they believe fits the bill.
Last month Appbistro launched a Q&A page for page administrators. The level seems pretty low, with questions such as “How to create a face book fan page?”
I guess this would be useful for page administrators who might be considering paying for apps, so they can invest carefully. However, its success or failure would rely heavily on whether developers see value in getting verified.
One factor is that many apps are free and there are often a lot of ratings and reviews from other users anyway. Also many Facebook pages don’t even require apps. I suspect the appeal could be limited. It’s potentially useful for some, but I don’t think it’s going to have a dramatic effect.
What do you think?