2 May

Facebook’s Recently Used Apps Module & The Larger Relationship with App Ecosystem

Last week I wrote about Facebook’s newsfeed clustering of posts published by the same applications.

While it is interesting as a signal of the newsfeed’s evolution – it is represents the larger theme of Facebook relationship, promotion, and integration of applications (and the larger application ecosystem). Obviously Facebook has always been supportive of the ecosystem – from Zynga & LOLapps (gaming) to Spotify & Pinterest (content) to Wantful & ShoeDazzle (off-Facebook commerce), etc. In fact, yesterday’s news was that “visitors from Facebook accounted for 1.1 billion visits to iOS and HTML5 apps, meaning an average of more than 6 visits per user.”

The emergence of Facebook’s Timeline, Open Graph and the proliferation of applications atop the platform (mobile, newsfeed, ticker, etc) – Facebook relationship with applications is evolving:

- How do they cluster by type and by shared users? (example here)

- How do they cluster by recency (example below with “Recent Used Apps”)

- How do they cluster by popularity (example of trending here)

- How do they prevent the Ticker and newsfeed from being overwhelmed by content? (more here)

- What role does Timeline and off-Facebook play here?

- And ultimately, what does this mean for Facebook’s off-Facebook.com strategy: promotion, monetization, mobile, etc?

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