One month after Facebook gave developers more options for Open Graph actions, the site is making it easier for those developers to create engaging stories, as well as to set up collections for users’ Timelines.
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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.
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.
You know you’ve seen it on your friend’s Facebook profile or Twitter feed: a Foursquare check-in, proclaiming that they are now the mayor of the local burger joint. On Monday, Facebook praised Foursquare’s use of open graph technology, which has allowed the program to grow by leaps and bounds. Foursquare Product Manager Noah Weiss noted that sign-ups rose by 50 percent after Facebook login was added to the application.
The Avengers didn’t just slay the competition at the box office — they were quite successful on Facebook, too. Facebook highlighted the game Avengers Alliance (developed by Playdom) on the site’s developers blog, praising the game’s ability to implement quickly and its use of open graph technology.
People can organize music by genre, artist, title, album date, and just about any other metric you could think of. But what about mood? Facebook application Songza produces playlists based on what types of music the user wants to hear for specific situations. For instance, if a person likes to hear hard rock and is getting ready for a half-marathon, Songza would provide a rockin’ workout playlist. The app was featured Thursday in Facebook’s Developer Spotlight.
So you want the quality of DJ-spun music mixes, but you’re stuck in the office? That’s where Mixcloud comes in. The application, which was highlighted Monday in the Facebook developers blog, has been rapidly growing in popularity since it was launched at last year’s f8 conference.