Facebook aps, wow or cow?

With all the buzz facebook has created with launching its platform, i found it to be a wow at first, its so cool and seems very easy to write your own facebook app.  Almost every cool web app there is, is on the list, del.icio.us, twitter, flixter…etc and some cool ones developed by individuals as well.

I just got the silliest one so far, “1 hungry request” from a friend! what is this about? it says “now you are never hungry by your self, declare your hunger with friends” or something of that sort. now come on, that is too useless and silly but sure, facebook is about entertainment through socialization and silliness is a big part of it.

Now the question is, why would you want to develop a facebook app for your existing web application? when in reality you need to bulk up the number of page views on your site; how does having your app on facebook even start to help? my view when i asked this same question to my self…why would we want to develop one for questler? and the answers i could come up with were basically:

  • free advertising  for your hot new beta.
  • let people do one or two things only and get them curious enough to go and check your full list of services/features–>page views!

My thoughts are that facebook should and probably will charge companies for adding their own web apps very soon.
Your views?

Razan Khatib

Razan Khatib

Playing at the intersection of culture, technology, and values. Trying to structure my thoughts and share experiences, learnings, and insights. Co-founder of @spring_apps
Amman, Jordan