Two months after launching its Timeline app, Viddy hit the number one spot in the App Store for the first time ever. Viddy is essentially the video version of Instagram. To the right is the screenshot to prove it, and here's the message from Viddy announcing the milestone, posted on Twitter: "Check the @AppStore - We're #1!!! http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/viddy/id426294709."
Facebook has underlined growth courtesy of Timeline apps many times already: Facebook announces more media apps for Timeline, Facebook: Lifestyle apps on Timeline are taking off, and Facebook: Video apps on Timeline are taking off. Viddy's announcement really made me sit up though.
Facebook first ported the Facebook Platform to the mobile world, starting with Apple iOS and its own mobile website back in October 2011. The social networking giant said the move would allow developers to take advantage of social channels for app discovery, among other things.
Thousands of app developers have been leveraging Facebook Platform for Mobile, but Viddy is the biggest success yet. Here are some numbers showing Viddy's growth through the social network's mobile channels:
Like I said, Viddy is an extreme example. Yet the app is part of a trend, not an offshoot: seven of the top 10 grossing iOS apps are integrated with Facebook, and seven of the top 10 free iOS apps are also integrated with Facebook. Those numbers come straight from the horse's mouth, but even if they were inaccurate, there's no denying that integrating Facebook helps more than it hurts. The question is: how long will this trend last?