Facebook: The rise of social applications

Facebook: The rise of social applications

Summary: Besides the iPhone and whenever Google sneezes, Facebook continues to be the talk of the town, at least in the echo chamber of Silicon Valley. Let me give you a simple example of why Facebook merits attention, besides Dennis Howlett's post yesterday on how Facebook could play in the enterprise.

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Besides the iPhone and whenever Google sneezes, Facebook continues to be the talk of the town, at least in the echo chamber of Silicon Valley. Let me give you a simple example of why Facebook merits attention, besides Dennis Howlett's post yesterday on how Facebook could play in the enterprise.

Take Facebook Carpool, an application from Logan Green and Rajat Suri. It's green friendly and the authors of the app state the mission as "reducing the barriers to a mainstream ride-sharing culture, where everyone can find ride-sharing partners in an easy and safe way." You can view ride sharing in your network, search for rides, submit requests, track miles, check Google Maps and check profiles of carpoolers.

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Facebook Carpool is a good example of how social networks as a hub for applications creates some powerful effects. Identity, reputation, relationships, connections converge in this environment and allow for more efficient and transparent transactions, such as ride-sharing.

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In addition, Facebook promotes a more social development environment, not unlike open source. The authors of Carpool receive feedback on how to improve the application from users who are part of the network on a discussion forum. Social applications engender a more social approach to developing applications, which increases the likelihood that applications meet the needs of users and not just the designers and engineers.

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See also:

Monetizing Facebook applications

Facebook application reviews

Topic: Social Enterprise

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  • Facebook will be the most preffered social platform in time.

    Facebook has covered all the basics, a good layout, organised and still creative, and
    most of all amazing appplications. and open source doesn't hurt.

    More than the iPhone, i am waiting for two things.

    Facebook ipo
    Facebook email

    Unless yahoo takesover facebook now, i predict that facebook will be among the
    ranks of google and yahoo. Only better, because facebook does a much better job
    integrating all its services than google and yahoo.

    Google seems to be all over the place, with its services, even though i use them,
    they do a horrible job integrating it. Yahoo just doesn't appeal to me, although their
    email is fantastic.

    Facebook, everone loves facebook, sure Zuckherberg is kinda wierd, but Facebook
    is cool. Facebook is the future.
    varoon5
  • Could FaceBook be open source?

    Here is a question for you: Could someone build an open source equivalent to facebook, complete with open standards which let them host their own version and still be integrated?
    JustMe2007
  • GishiGo | Ride Share Network

    There's a great website called GishiGo that does a lot the "free and anonymous" social networks avoid. It helps people exchange identity using PayPal. And it creates a papertrail and bunch of other good stuff. I use it all the time. And I use the social networks like Craigslist and Kijiji and MySpace. The more people who see my GishiGo rideshare post the more likely I will have successful carpool. And it helps me build confidence. That's the real issue. Applaud the guys who are using Facebook account to help with the confidence issue. GishiGo.com seems really good to me. There are a bunch of other websites, but this GishiGo is very powerful network design and only one that is so convenient to me. No registration. Open to anyone who isn't fearful of exchanging their identity (basically filtering out the "need anonymous" people, which is what I want in ridesharing).

    http://www.GishiGo.com
    Aaron2