Fun & Useful Facebook Apps

One of the things that distinguishes Facebook from other social networking sites is that it allows third-party developers to create Facebook applications or  Facebook apps that Facebook users can enjoy. I didn't really understand these apps when I first started using Facebook and I steered clear of them, but now that I'm in neck-deep, I've discovered a handful of fun, if not useful, third-party Facebook applications.

Scrabble
Scrabble

SCRABBLE® Worldwide (excluding U.S. and Canada)

Who hasn't played Scrabble? I've spent hours and hours learning some new words, most of them I will never use in everyday conversation, trying to beat my opponents. You can choose up to four players from any skill level from Beginner, Casual, Serious, to Expert. You can also set the timer to two minutes, five minutes, one day, or one week. You can either select randomly from the list of people who are also using the application or invite specific friends to play with you. Right now, I'm in the middle of two Scrabble games with my friend Maje. (I set the timer to one day so I can make one move each day.)

Birthday Calendar
Birthday Calendar

Birthday Calendar

Birthday Calendar is a third-party Facebook application that allows you to plot your friends' birthdays on a calendar for easy viewing. You can add the birthdays of all your friends, whether or not they are in Facebook. It also has this handy little widget you can put on your profile that displays the next 8 or so people who will be celebrating their birthdays. Now there's no reason for you to forget your friends' birthdays. Send them a birthday card (which you can do using the application) and make them feel special!

UNO™ Beta
UNO™ Beta

UNO™

UNO™ is a fun card game that you can play with other Facebook users all around the world. It's very easy to learn and can be quite addicting. You can even chat with your opponents while playing so there's interaction and a little bantering, just like when playing face-to-face. And soon you'll be able to challenge your friends to a fast game of UNO™.

We're Related
We're Related

We're Related

We're Related allows you to add your siblings, cousins, and other relatives to a special widget that appears on your Facebook profile. You can even specify your relation to each other so it appears right under their name and picture in the widget. You can also build a family tree for your other family members to see.

When you visit the profile of someone who is using the We're Related app, you can see which of his friends he's related to.  Who knows?  You might find relatives you never knew you had!

Chain Rxn
Chain Rxn

Chain Rxn

Here's another addicting application on Facebook. It's called Chain Rxn (read: reaction). The object of this game is to burst the required number of balls in each level through a "chain reaction" of explosions. But be warned, it's not as easy as it sounds.

Compare your high scores with your friends' and challenge them to beat it.  Take a break in between though or this will give you carpal tunnel syndrome,

Interview
Interview

Interview

Interview is an application that allows you to share your thoughts on some things, preferences, or quirks by answering some interview questions much like a celebrity being interviewed one-on-one. The advantage to this though is that you can skip any question you don't like and no one will be the wiser. Choose questions that will better frame your personality so your friends get to know little details about you. Here are a few of the questions I chose to answer:

  1. If you could have one superhuman power what would you choose?
  2. If you could be someone else for a day, who would it be?
  3. What are you most proud of in your life?


Living Social
Living Social

Living Social

Living Social allows you to share lists of five of your favorite movies, books, music, games, etc. with your friends so they get to know you a little better. There are many different lists to choose from and if you can't find the one you want, you can always create your own! I like seeing people make these lists; it lets me learn so much about them. 

Quick Poll

Which is your most favorite Facebook app?

  • SCRABBLE® Worldwide (excluding U.S. and Canada)
  • Birthday Calendar
  • UNO™
  • We're Related
  • Chain Rxn
  • Interview
  • Living Social
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cashmere 7 years ago from India

How come you missed out Word Twist? I practically am addicted to it.


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men are dorks 7 years ago from Namibia

I didn't know that, just scrape by it every once in a while. Ill go check it out and invite you.


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Marisa Wright 7 years ago from Sydney

I'm a bit concerned about the birthday one.  For instance, what if someone has their profile set so their birthday is only visible to friends.  I put their birthday on the birthday app, and now it's visible to my friends (who may not be her friends).  Personally, I don't like revealing my birthday to strangers because of the risk of identity theft, so I'd hate to think it could wind up on this app and be revealed.

I have similar reservations about the relative one - revealing too much about your family relationships, if you ask me.


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Susan Ng 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Hi, Cashmere.  I haven't tried Word Twist yet, maybe I'll give it a try one of these days. :)

Looking forward to the invite, men are dorks.  I hope you're not a dork, though.  Kidding! :P

You seem to be a very private person, Marisa. :)  Anyway, I have noticed that when I view the profiles of those who have Birthday Calendar, I can't see the dates of their friends' birthdays, just the names. :)

But We're Related displays your relatives for all your friends to see, so you might not want to use that if you're very concerned about privacy. :)


kuzzuk 7 years ago

I love the Twitter application within FB. Status updates have never been easier!


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Aunty 7 years ago from Scotland

Interesting hub Susan! I only joined facebook a couple of days ago... yeah, I know, a bit slow, LOL. Anyway, it's good to know what's available and I like the sound of teh interview thing. Definitely going to check that out!! Thanks, Aunty,x.


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Susan Ng 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

You're welcome, Aunty. Facebook might take some getting used to, but I'm sure you'll figure it out all right. :)


badcompany99 7 years ago

Jeeez that reminds me I must set up a facebook account tonight, thanks for reminding me ; )


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Susan Ng 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Ha! :D  Get your butt over there right now, Captain! Hehe! :P


nick b 7 years ago

i see you've left out iLike?


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Susan Ng 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

Leaving it out would imply that I actually knew about it, Nick. :P I'll check it out. Thanks. :)


svfox69 7 years ago

A useful scrabble tool, if not abused is http://scrabblecheat.com


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Susan Ng 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines Author

That would indeed be useful, svfox69. But it would kind of take the fun out of the game, wouldn't you think? :)


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TalkRite 7 years ago

Here is a fun and useful application called "facebook communicator". (http://talkrite.org) This one lets you broadcast live and have two-way chats with facebook friends with audio and video utilizing your mic or headset, and a web cam if you have one. There is a cost, but not to bad at $29.95/month for the serious facebook user. - Dave (New Hampshire)


Jemmye  6 years ago

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Abdulrahan yau halliru 4 years ago

I love facebook nd 2go chat

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