Facebook users who are fed up with posts from applications cluttering their News Feeds will likely approve of the update to login with Facebook that was announced Thursday, as apps must now separately request permission from users to post on the social network on their behalf.
Contests are all over Facebook — some are fun and play by the rules, others are boring or illegal. ShortStack put together an interesting infographic that offers tips for brands and pages that want to create a Facebook contest that draws people in. ShortStack broke these steps down scientifically.
An enterprising mom in California had an idea for an application that would be similar to OpenTable or Yelp, but for babysitters. Using Facebook’s platform as a vehicle, Lynn Perkins started UrbanSitter about a year-and-a-half ago. So far, there are 15,000 babysitters in the program and 50,000 families — a number that grows as the platform rolls out to more cities. The app and website allow families (largely in areas such as San Francisco, New York, and Boston), to find college-aged babysitters, and to see who their Facebook friends have hired to take care of their kids.
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.
Facebook continues to pursue engagement with the mobile developer community, announcing the launch of its Facebook Mobile DevCon 2013 series of “highly technical” gatherings, initially taking place in three cities in the coming weeks.
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.