Facebook Craze

FacebookFace… book… Facebook Facebook… Face… book… I just join Facebook over a month ago and i am somehow addicted to it. Is Facebook another typical social networking community? Well… it used to be.

i’ve been getting invites from friends long time ago but i’ve never look into it because i thought … “Ohh.. just another Myspace, Friendster … Most likely i will not be logging into it after i register…”
So i never bother to create an account.

Joining the addictive Facebook

However, recently many of my friends join Facebook and keep telling me that it is fun. With peer influence, i decided to register and just take a peep. Within a few days, i’ve found most of my friends who are in myspace friendster also in facebook! This is crazy. I begin to update my profile and look around… then i was being superpoked, being bitten by vampire, getting gifts, got a fluff pet, confirmed friends details, being nominated for Superlatives, being challenged to a race, got a Ford Mustang, compare movie reviews and ratings, threw some turkeys and sheeps, received virtual iphone, got some growing gifts, received superwall posts…

Now i know why my friends said fun and addictive. Facebook is not just another social networking community to customize your profile, upload photos, join some fan groups and check out friends updates. Facebook is more than that! It integrates fun into your social network. Now you get to play games with your friends, compare score within your friends along with all other features of other social networking community.

Why did facebook suddenly take off so quickly?

Although Facebook’s logo looks simple and plain… but Facebook is not simple at all. The reason why it is becoming successful is due to it opening its development platform to 3rd party application developers. Facebook lets other content providers to integrate innovative applications easily to entertain facebook members. In my opinion, this is the Best Feature of facebook which makes it stands out among the rest.

Google is coming out with OpenSocial to try to fight facebook. I dont think this is going to defeat facebook yet unless Google is planning something else. Before that happens, with many high profile investors (such as Microsoft and Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing) pumping funds into Facebook, i think facebook is going to catch up myspace at a fast speed.

Tap Into Facebook Social Networking Power

If you havent join facebook yet, register an account and check it out. If you are running an entertainment-related site, it is time to tap into facebook’s huge social community by developing a facebook app related to your site, creating awareness and branding of your site.

Eg. Freewebs.com develops Warbook, Streetrace, …
Flixster.com develops Movies app.
Rockyou.com develops Super Wall, …

If you are just a developer, you may want to start developing application in facebook platform. With the huge community, there is definitely someone out there going to use your application or play your game. For a developer, the beauty of concentrating your efforts in developing a facebook application rather than a brand new site is… if your application is interesting, it spreads virally like wildfire without the need of tough expensive traditional methods of promoting and advertising of your ‘new site’. When that happens, you can extend to a standalone website with more features.

Facebook Marketplace

Previously facebook developers are having problems monetizing their facebook apps. The following is a list of advertising networks focus and specialize to monetize facebook apps.

Cubics
SocialMedia
Federated Media
Lookery

Both RockYou and VideoEgg develop facebook applications initially and launch their own facebook ad publishing network.

There is also a facebook marketplace for those who wants to be part of the facebook application craze. Buy/sell facebook apps, hire facebook app developers. Recently there are also some facebook applications selling in digitalpoint and sitepoint forums.

Facebook Songs

Before i end, i found some nice facebook videos in youtube and want to share them with you :)

 

5 other facebook songs that i think is good.

Facebook Song by Rhett and Link

The Official Cambridge Facebook Song

The Superpoke Facebook Song

Facebook Song by Vince and Ben

Facebook Song by Malcolm and Dennis


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