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Facebook Launches App Center With Over 600 Apps

Soulskill posted more than 2 years ago | from the since-there-aren't-enough-app-stores-already dept.

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Mattygfunk1 writes "Facebook is following the leader and launching its own app store. The move is intended to encourage longer browsing sessions from users and attract attention from software developers, in addition to allowing more personalized advertising. 'Each app will generally allow the user to install it as a Facebook application. However, a "send to mobile" will also appear if the app has a mobile app from either the Apple iOS App Store or else the Google Play store. In either case, the app can be sent to a user's phone and can be installed there.' It's currently only available in the U.S., with more countries to follow in the coming weeks."

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Let me be one of the firsts to say (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40257999)

No Thanks...

Re:Let me be one of the firsts to say (5, Insightful)

gatfirls (1315141) | more than 2 years ago | (#40258399)

You definitely aren't the first and you surely won't be the last. There always seems to be a peak in any website where the features are user driven and then the features are marketing driven. Facebook hit that point a while back and have been alienating their user base ever since.

And let me be one of the firsts to say (2)

gsslay (807818) | more than 2 years ago | (#40259263)

Don't want.

Re:And let me be one of the firsts to say (2)

zlives (2009072) | more than 2 years ago | (#40259447)

that is because the only way to measure a corporations success in today's greed has no limit corporate "capitalistic" mindset

success != profit
success == growth in profit

Re:And let me be one of the firsts to say (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40259743)

I don't understand what your post had to do with the post you replied to?

Do you not know how to start a new thread?

facebook is dead (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40258007)

They just don't know it yet.

Re:facebook is dead (1)

KingBenny (1301797) | more than 2 years ago | (#40258159)

naah they're not they're just gonna have to tone it down a notch, the unwillingness of people to change should not be underestimated, the vampirism of what's called investors neither, nothing really happened, a bubble of air got so hot all the oxygen spontaneously combusted and some people are left with a few blisters, stocks have no 'not satisfied-get money back' label on them as far as i know, fb still has what, about one seventh of the world number of accounts? if only for brand name recognition its an invaluable advertising tool, i'm sure there's a busipsy here and there who sees that, the fixation on unlimited growth however might be a cold shower in these years and some to come

Re:facebook is dead (1)

pscottdv (676889) | more than 2 years ago | (#40261437)

if only for brand name recognition its an invaluable advertising tool

Ubiquitous brand recognition is only useful if people don't think the brand stinks. I remember a well-known brand back in the 80s called the "Yugo".

Happy Friday from The Golden Girls! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40258009)

Thank you for being a friend
Traveled down the road and back again
Your heart is true, you're a pal and a cosmonaut.

And if you threw a party
Invited everyone you ever knew
You would see the biggest gift would be from me
And the card attached would say, thank you for being a friend.

Re:Happy Friday from The Golden Girls! (1)

devjoe (88696) | more than 2 years ago | (#40258411)

Confidante, not cosmonaut.

Re:Happy Friday from The Golden Girls! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40258787)

Troll successful! Down periscope!

Re:Happy Friday from The Golden Girls! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40262725)

Ha! Faggot.

Re:Happy Friday from The Golden Girls! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40261921)

what a refreshing change from the other spam trolls we've been seeing lately

"The White Album" (5, Insightful)

Fishbulb (32296) | more than 2 years ago | (#40258025)

The way things are going, buying Angry Birds on every new platform is going to be the "buy the White Album again" of the app generation.

Re:"The White Album" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40258205)

Every platform but WinMo.

Re:"The White Album" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40258323)

Unless that's some kind of joke about no one having Windows Phone in order to buy it, you're wrong. That story was erroneous, and Angry Birds has been available for Windows Phone 7 for some time:
http://mashable.com/2011/06/29/angry-birds-windows-phone/ [mashable.com]

The platform where you won't be buying Angry Birds again is Android, since it's free. Fairly certain the same goes for ChromeOS.

Re:"The White Album" (1)

Dishevel (1105119) | more than 2 years ago | (#40259295)

It may be free on Android but the developers are not crying about not making any money from it on Android.

Re:"The White Album" (1)

DuckDodgers (541817) | more than 2 years ago | (#40261639)

I can't speak for elsewhere, but the free version on Android is ad-supported. My toddler loves the game, but about every 90 seconds I have to close the app store for her because she accidentally touched an advertisement.

Re:"The White Album" (1)

BlueScreenO'Life (1813666) | more than 2 years ago | (#40263763)

WinMo != Windows Phone

Re:"The White Album" (2)

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) | more than 2 years ago | (#40258813)

Actually I think buying Dark Side of the Moon would be more appropriate.

Until CDs came along there were record plants making nothing but copies of DSotM because people bought a new copy as their old copy wore out.

0800-CAREBEARS (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40258097)

subject says it all.

Security (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40258101)

Hopefully they are checking the apps for malware. It sounds like it would be a great place to target users.

Facebook Fone? (2, Insightful)

Metabolife (961249) | more than 2 years ago | (#40258143)

This could be the first step to fb making a smartphone for dumb people.

Re:Facebook Fone? (4, Interesting)

swb (14022) | more than 2 years ago | (#40258405)

This is exactly what it is for.

They are borrowing the app store model from Apple and the advertising-supported model from Google to produce low-end smart phones for the "facebook generation", probably with some kind of data plan subsidy to make them cost competitive for the lower-income types who'd own a real smartphone if the data plans weren't so expensive.

High-profile app vendors who are on iOS, Android and Windows will just add another platform to be on, giving Facebook the "10% of the apps satisfy 90% of the people" kind of popularity, which is probably adequate for the people who would consider a Facebook phone anyway.

Re:Facebook Fone? (1, Flamebait)

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) | more than 2 years ago | (#40258821)

The Facebook generation. Soon to be known as the Eloi.

heh heh... (1)

bmo (77928) | more than 2 years ago | (#40258163)

My account is where app and game requests and chain statuses go to die.

It has probably let me hang on to the "classic Facebook" look instead of Timeline, because "this app will install timeline." No...no it won't.

--
BMO

i'm psyched! (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40258209)

I can't wait to run applications provided by an organization whose entire purpose is to collect every possible bit of data about me and sell it to others. I'm eagerly looking forward to the experience of needing an internet connection for my computer to do things that it's always been able to do on its own before.

Even better, it's gonna be awesome that I now need Facebook's permission to run those applications, each and every time I want to.

Man! I'm psyched for this. Hope you guys are too!

Re:i'm psyched! (1)

Baloroth (2370816) | more than 2 years ago | (#40258377)

Yep, since Facebook will splatter the people who use their apps all over, it'll help me identify people I shouldn't be friends with that much faster!

Simpler methods (0)

s.petry (762400) | more than 2 years ago | (#40261833)

Just ignore Facebook. I have an account, and honestly I'm thinking about cancelling it. It's really a cool thing talking to people face to face as opposed to through a medium that limits us to what people want us to hear as opposed to what people really are (while of course making a few people exceptionally wealthy).

The only thing I ever thought much about using Facebook for was pictures. After re-reading the EULA and ToS I had to re-think that, and now won't even upload a picture.

Re:i'm psyched! (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40261549)

I can't wait to run applications provided by an organization whose entire purpose is to collect every possible bit of data about me and sell it to others.

You mean like Google Chrome, Google Android, and the whole search and internet suite you probably use on a daily basis?

so this is what is happening (5, Insightful)

berashith (222128) | more than 2 years ago | (#40258247)

I tried to read an article from wall street journal, and I get a damn pop-up telling me that I am able to install their facebook reader app. As I wasnt sure why I couldnt just read the article at wsj.com using my "browser app" I just closed the tab and went on with my life. I am pretty sure I didnt lose out on much. If they really want me to share with my friends, I will, as long as the article is something I feel like sharing and discussing. Just because I look at something doesnt mean that it should be publicized and tracked.

Re:so this is what is happening (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40258331)

Re:so this is what is happening (1)

InvisibleClergy (1430277) | more than 2 years ago | (#40258609)

Usually if you cancel out of it, then cancel again, you can get to the article anyway. I just discovered that yesterday.

Re:so this is what is happening (1)

berashith (222128) | more than 2 years ago | (#40258723)

i wasnt forced into the reader on the way to the article, although i did click from fb originally. it was just a pop-up that wanted me to install something that I am sure would require me to give access to friends of friends to be able to do the same thing that I did that morning. Not a big deal really, but annoying, and it makes sense that everyone is building these "apps" if facebook is pushing a store.

I normally do the actions in the oatmeal strip from the AC above this. just close out and search for the title and view outside of any fb overview.

Oh good! (2)

DWMorse (1816016) | more than 2 years ago | (#40258257)

Because anyone that's ever used the iPhone or Android Facebook apps know that, you know, apps are just what Facebook excels at.

Call me when they can produce one of their own that isn't a steaming pile of terribad.

Re:Oh good! (1)

pscottdv (676889) | more than 2 years ago | (#40261457)

Oh man! Someone mod this guy up!

No free thinking person needs this (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40258263)

http://archive.org/details/EbenMoglen-WhyFreedomOfThoughtRequiresFreeMediaAndWhyFreeMedia

Free Software,
Free Hardware
Free Bandwidth

These are the things can really help to empower people and better society as a whole. Especially in this time of austerity.. (http://archive.org/details/EbenMoglen-InnovationUnderAusterityf2c2012Keynote)

Please listen to Eben Moglen.

The anti-Java (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40258519)

All these app systems, walled gardens, whatever. It's sort of an anti-Java philosophy: Write everywhere. Run nowhere.

There's room for one, maybe two or 3 at best. It's just like when Atari and Commodore were big home machines. Maybe you can port to two, and then you're done. The long tail of platforms isn't worth it. Welcome to no. 3 at best, FB.

Re:The anti-Java (1)

DuckDodgers (541817) | more than 2 years ago | (#40261653)

It's anti-Sun Java. Oracle Java is write once, sue everywhere.

(Stolen from a user comment on the This Week in Tech podcast network.)

Re:The anti-Java (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40262183)

Give them a year, they'll surpass amazon and Google for #2.

They just don't get it... (1)

MikeRT (947531) | more than 2 years ago | (#40258525)

Instead of advertising, how about creating cheap, useful APIs for developers to enable things like mobile gaming against friends, tightly integrated with Facebook? They have an opportunity to build out a service layer that is connected to all of the popular games and ecommerce sites and that provides value independent of advertising. How hard would it be for Amazon to get an inexpensive service to discretely figure out social graphs so they can show you products your friends and family are buying?

Re:They just don't get it... (1)

SuperKendall (25149) | more than 2 years ago | (#40258889)

Although I disagree they "don't get it", and what they are doing may work out well for them... I do agree that your idea is a REALLY excellent one.

Even if all Facebook did is succeed where OpenID kind of failed (hey, it's still around, I use it, but you know what I mean) that would be really good for users.

Re:They just don't get it... (1)

Hognoxious (631665) | more than 2 years ago | (#40262951)

Sure, that's a good idea and it would be nice. However providing value and extracting revenue are at best tangentially related.

Pure PR; stock is in the ICU (5, Funny)

optimism (2183618) | more than 2 years ago | (#40258541)

From TFA:

The service, called App Center, debuts with 600 applications, including Zynga Inc. (ZNGA)’s “Draw Something” game

Huh? How is someone going to play "Draw Something" effectively on a laptop or desktop with no touch screen? Have you ever tried to draw with a mouse or trackpad? Haha.

If you want to play on a smartphone or tablet, of course, you'd just download the native app from the app store/marketplace.

This looks like a pure PR play, one of many that will prop up the Fakebook stock until the early investors have exited to their satisfaction, and FB employees with options have been sufficiently comforted that the stock will not drop below their strike prices before the end of the year.

I love this sport. It's like watching a huge train wreck in slow motion, except that no one will be directly killed by it.

Re:Pure PR; stock is in the ICU (2)

InvisibleClergy (1430277) | more than 2 years ago | (#40258625)

I once had a webcomic I drew with my mouse. It was pretty bad.

Re:Pure PR; stock is in the ICU (1)

TeknoHog (164938) | more than 2 years ago | (#40262771)

Randall Munroe, is that you?

Re:Pure PR; stock is in the ICU (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40259781)

"Draw Something" got boring pretty quick. Same words over and over again each time you start from round 1. Ended up you could guess the drawing before people even started... I and most of my friends uninstalled it and never gonna look back.

Dork Tower has a funny about it too:
http://www.dorktower.com/2012/06/06/draw-something-else-dork-tower-06-06-12/

Re:Pure PR; stock is in the ICU (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40260143)

Huh? How is someone going to play "Draw Something" effectively on a laptop or desktop with no touch screen? Have you ever tried to draw with a mouse or trackpad? Haha.

Microsoft seems to think everyone will be going the touchscreen route on desktops and notebooks eventually. Even ignoring that, there are graphics tablets from Wacom [wacom.com] , or even ridiculously cheap ones from Monoprice [monoprice.com]

Even if you're not an artist, they can be nice to have and use, so it's not unthinkable that someone would have one, and at the Monoprice prices, a Draw Something junkie might even be willing to buy a cheap tablet just to play on a larger screen.

mod UP (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40259327)

Apps from Facebook? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40261003)

I'd just as soon buy shoelaces or beer from them.

Never used facebook and never will (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#40262243)

Good thing the retards decided to overvalue the stock by ten fold.

Hope they get sued to the hilt.

Buried beneath Facebook Apps uh games uh whatever (1)

rueger (210566) | more than 2 years ago | (#40263647)

Facebook is just building on Google's model, yet somehow they do it in significantly more irritating fashion.

Say what you wish about Google, at least the advertisements they offer up seem to have some relevance to what I want or need. Facebook seems intent on flogging sketchy weight-loss plans, corrugated steel garages, debt-reduction schemes, and criminal pardons. Somehow most of these scream out SHYSTER! BEWARE!

And that's without EVER accepting invitations to whatever Zygna game, poll, friend finder or other nasty thing that some relative has signed up for.

Ultimately for me it comes down to one thing: I generally trust Google, but not Facebook.

Security Issues (1)

no1home (1271260) | more than 2 years ago | (#40264831)

So, this is so I can leak more of my personal info to them and they can fail more efficiently at protecting it, right?

What class management (1)

Conspire (102879) | more than 2 years ago | (#40266917)

So, the company wants to enter into the app market against Apple and Google. Yeah that's an easy one. I give this a 9 out of 10 chance of failure in the short to mid run. This reminds me of Microsoft entering the phone market. Such a brash, so full of ego, "we are gonna take over" kind of approach to a market that is well already.....crowded. It is like a strategy designed around the press release to drive retail investors to the stock, its a borderline scam. How could management really think they can win that market. There is no innovation There is no competitive or comparative or economic or platform advantage in their plan. It is a plan vanilla "me too" play, only weaker because its on others' OS and platforms. This stock is going to continue tanking. This type of strategy is a red flag to the high probability that the management and board have no idea how to capitalize on their "registered user base". No clue. They are clutching at air now. Nokia could not get it right. Microsoft could not get it right. RIM is struggling. Motorola is all but a brand. Hey how many people are using their "Samsung Market" or "Sony Market". FB thinks they are smarter than those guys because they had a viral photo and drivel social networking site and the biggest IPO (cough *ponzi* cough) in social networking history? They think they can drive the smartphone market with games, crowding out Google and Apple? What is their expected market share in two years? This is destined for failure. Stock at 10$ by end of year? Could be single digits if they keep coming up with plans like this.
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