10 Great Facebook Games, Apps, and Websites - dummies

10 Great Facebook Games, Apps, and Websites

By Carolyn Abram

Apps use Facebook information to provide some sort of service to you. That might be the capability to battle your friends in a game of chess or poker or it might be the capability to vote up content on another website. Here are ten apps that are popular among Facebook users.


Spotify is a music service you can actually download to use on your computer and on your mobile phone. Regardless whether you use the Spotify app on Facebook, you can use Spotify to build playlists, listen to specific songs or artists, and follow music from your favorite artists.

When you listen to songs or create playlists on the Spotify Facebook app, this information is shown to your friends on Facebook. When your friends look at the Music view of News Feed they can see what you’ve been listening to, click Play, and start listening to the same song right away. It’s a great way to discover new music and share the joy of music with your friends.


Goodreads is a website that enables you to list books you’re reading, write book reviews for the books you’ve read, and share reading lists and suggestions with friends. When you sign up for Goodreads using your Facebook information, you will easily be able to share books and reviews with your Facebook friends on your Timeline.


By “pinning” links and images to your various boards, Pinterest allows you to create collections of things you want to try or find interesting. When you sign up with Facebook, you can automatically share your boards with your friends. If you choose, they’ll see when you pin new things to your boards in their News Feeds. From there, they can like your pins or comment on what you’ve been pinning.


Instagram was acquired by Facebook in 2012. However, it continues to operate as an independent mobile app for taking, editing, and sharing photos. Instagram works with the camera on your mobile phone, allowing you to add filters to the images you take and then share them via the Instagram app. People can follow each other’s photo streams and comment on the photos they like.

If you choose to sign up with your Faceboook information, you can post your Instagrams to Facebook, where your friends can see your photos in their News Feeds. This means you don’t have to post the same photo twice. Instagram photos automatically are compiled in an Instagram album on your Timeline.


Someecards is a website that creates witty, darkly funny e-cards in honor of all the typical holidays — birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, and so on. You can use the app on Facebook to browse cards and post them to you or your friends’ Timelines. This allows all your friends to be in on the occasion. After e-cards are posted to a Timeline, friends can like and comment on them.

Candy Crush Saga

Candy Crush Saga is a matching game that takes place entirely in a world full of candy and candy shops. You can play it on your computer or on your mobile phone. The goal is to create clusters of certain candy types to score points. As you progress through the levels, you can see how you’re stacking up against your friends.

As the levels get harder and harder, you may find that you need a few extra turns, which your friends can then gift to you to help you win. You can also send each other gifts within the game to help you get higher and higher scores.

Scramble With Friends

Scramble With Friends is a mobile game that you can choose to join through Facebook. Once you do, you can easily challenge friends to games of Scramble (a Boggle-like word game). You can use your Facebook information to easily find opponents and then post your victories (or losses) to your Timeline so everyone can see your prowess with letters.

Scramble With Friends and many of the other most popular Facebook games are owned by Zynga. The Zynga games are often known for their addictive nature, their entertainment, and unfortunately, sometimes spamming people’s friends. As you’re playing these games, make sure you pay attention to your Timeline and the number of posts the games make to it.


MyFitnessPal is a diet and exercise app that helps you keep track of the food you eat and the calories you burn. When you sign up with Facebook, you can get support from any of your friends who are also working to lose weight or just be healthier. When you add Facebook friends as friends in MyFitnessPal, you can collaborate as you all work to achieve them.

You can also post fitness-related updates back to Facebook, such as a weight loss or a particular workout you just completed. As an added bonus, MyFitnessPal works on your smartphone, and can sync with activity tracking devices like the Fitbit and Jawbone UP.


Kickstarter is a website that enables people to crowdsource funding for a project. In other words, people can donate to a project like a film, book, product, or idea. In addition, you can check out what projects your friends are supporting and see if you want to support them also. Additionally, Kickstarter is a great way to garner support for a project that is near and dear to your heart.


SongPop is a game you can play on your phone or on your computer. It centers around identifying song titles and artists as quickly as possible based on a snippet of music. Of course, once you sign up through Facebook, you can challenge your friends to see who can identify the most songs the quickest.

This game is great because it provides easy links to find the songs in the game in Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, and YouTube.