Finding Good Facebook Applications - dummies

By Jesse Stay

Part of Facebook Application Development For Dummies Cheat Sheet

There are millions of applications on Facebook. Finding the perfect one for your business’s Facebook Page can be a difficult process. Here are some apps that are worth checking out:

  • RSS Graffiti: RSS Graffiti allows you to easily import news and info from your other sites (anything with an RSS Feed) to your Facebook Page or Profile. The app provides options to define the title of the imported info, and to change the way the text appears when it shows up in your stream.

  • AppBistro: AppBistro is your one-stop shop for finding apps on Facebook. By viewing your Facebook profile and the Pages you’re an admin of, AppBistro determines the best apps for your Page. Come here if you’re just browsing and trying to find apps for your Facebook Page.

  • Lujure: Lujure allows you to build custom Facebook Page tabs in a nice, WYSIWYG interface. Tell it what you want on the tab, and it creates a custom tab for you in a very simple way. This app will help you get something off the ground even if you don’t know anything about Facebook development.

  • SocialToo: SocialToo allows you to post to Twitter from your Facebook profile. Want to just use Facebook’s interface? SocialToo allows you to link a Facebook account and Twitter account, and to post status updates, links, and Places checkins to Twitter straight from Facebook. In addition, they have custom promotions packages for your business (such as offering giveaways to people who have liked your Facebook Page). SocialToo provides many other features for Twitter as well.

  • Group Deals: Group Deals has a lot of potential. It allows you to offer deals to people that have liked your Page on the condition that a certain number of people have signed up for the deal. The more friends a user has invited, then, the more likely the deal is to happen.

  • Payvment: If you do e-commerce, you’ll want to look at Payvment. Payvment gives you simple tools to enable shopping-cart functionality in a social experience. Right on your Facebook Page, you can start selling items from your store in no time, and your users can see the items their friends are most interested in to help them in their purchase choice.

  • Slideshare: Do you do a lot of presentations? Slideshare can be a great way to show off your presentations right on your Facebook Page. Just add the app to your Facebook Page, and visitors can see your latest presentations right in a simple link on the left of the Page.