Facebook is making its plugins work even faster. Recently, the social network rebuilt the recommendations plugin, and now it’s the activity plugin that will get the speed boost. This will make it easier for users to indicate through Facebook that they’ve read something, watched something, or any other kind of action verb.
Waze, a GPS navigation application that updates with user-submitted traffic information, has grown quite well since adding Facebook integration. The social network put Waze in the developer blog spotlight Thursday, highlighting the app’s use of Facebook login to drive traffic.
Many Facebook applications help users get into shape or keep steady fitness regimens. Not all of them have become as wildly popular as RunKeeper, which was in the spotlight Tuesday on Facebook’s developers blog. RunKeeper found that those who connected their Facebook accounts to the app were much more active in real-life.
Mobile applications that have easy, one-tap Facebook login buttons have made it easier for users to sign up and interact. The social network also found that users who connect their Facebook accounts to apps are more likely to spend money. Citing numbers from top apps such as SongPop, Bingo Blitz, and Diamond Dash, Facebook wrote about how valuable that easy connect option is.
It’s not just Instagram: Facebook plans to change the way all applications are measured. In a post on its developer blog Wednesday, Facebook noted that instead of revealing specific metrics such as apps’ actual monthly active user and daily active user totals, the social network will instead rank apps and place them in tiers.
Even a casual Facebook user can see that the site has changed dramatically over the past year. On Thursday, Facebook’s developers team took some time to reflect on some of the highlights that made the social network what it is today.
For people who have photos all over the Web — on Instagram, Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, etc. — Cooliris is a great way to bring all of those images to one place and organize them. Facebook’s developers team thinks highly of the application, as it earned a spotlight on its blog. Cooliris gained a strong following shortly after launch, and the app has taken off on the Facebook platform.
After using social music applications such as Spotify and Pandora, Noah Shanok, CEO of Stitcher Radio, wanted to find some way for talk radio fans to share their favorite podcasts and programs. Thus, the Stitcher Radio application was born. Since Stitcher deepened its Facebook integration in February, the app has taken off, earning a featured story in the site’s developers blog. Shanok told AllFacebook that the future sounds pretty sweet for Stitcher Radio.
Facebook announced Monday that it has launched a new application-programming interface that lets game developers know if a user is eligible for an upgrade or gift through the payer promotion system. The social network noted that companies such as Kixeye have utilized payer promotion to grow revenue and get gamers more fiscally involved.