Facebook Monday released its latest gaming statistics, showing that 250 million people are playing games on the social network each month. The first quarter of the year also represented the most successful three-month period in terms of revenue and people playing games to date.
Words with Friends
The redesign for Timeline has been tested in New Zealand and other parts of the world, but Facebook announced Wednesday that it will start officially rolling out the new look to select users immediately. Much like Facebook’s updated News Feed, the goal for Timeline is to reduce clutter and place more options in the hands of users. The new design has about content and open graph actions on the left side of the page, with posts on the right side.
What better way to say, “Happy Valentine’s Day,” to your significant other than to drop a 90-point bomb of a word on them while playing Words with Friends? That was one of the findings of a Valentine’s Day poll by game developer Zynga.
2012 was a big year for games on Facebook, as hits such as Angry Birds, SongPop, and Dragon City were played by millions of users all over the world. Rebel Entertainment (makers of Dungeon Rampage) put together an infographic showing how social games left their mark last year.
With 2012 drawing to a close, which Facebook applications were the most important ones of the year? The list can be debated nonstop, and online presentation tool PowToon contributed its answer by using its technology to create the video below.
Facebook prides itself on being the social network. One of the main ways the site has facilitated connections is through games. Facebook discussed with select members of the press Thursday what makes them successful and how this platform will evolve in the future, using examples such as SongPop and Words with Friends to show how games transcend pixels.
The stock of popular Facebook application developer Zynga has dropped despite growing revenue, which the company reported Wednesday in its second-quarter financial results. Zynga noted that it is scaling back its outlook for the rest of 2012, citing a challenging environment on Facebook’s platform.
Facebook has been under scrutiny since its initial public offering regarding its ability to make money off mobile. Later this month, the company plans to offer developers and advertisers the opportunity to place targeted ads — based on what applications people use — in mobile news feeds, The Wall Street Journal reports.