Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Facebook Shows Off Latest Versions Of Its Game And Apps Dashboards

LM Comment: A important change in the directional path of Facebook.

January 21, 2010: summarized from Venture Beat -- Facebook showed off a new version of its dashboards that are meant to give more attention to games and other apps on its social network. Today, it will give developers access to the new design so that they can start creating apps that are well integrated with the dashboards.

Users can reach the dashboards by clicking on an icon on the left hand side of their Facebook pages. The dashboards give users a central place to to manage, play and discover games or apps. That means the social network recognizes the popularity of these activities and is giving them the same kind of visibility it does for photos and events, said Gareth Davis, platform manager for games at Facebook. The latest versions are here.

“This is all about helping games and apps in front of users in a more effective way,” he said.

This is critical for Facebook to get right, since there are hundreds of millions of gamers on the social network. The idea is that users will be able to see games that their friends are playing, helping users discover games that are relevant to them. The game dashboard’s top will show the apps and games that a user has recently used. The games can also leave messages in a news section. That news can be global, or personal. An example of the latter would be “it’s your turn in a game against Jared.” You can also mention a specific name of a user, using an @ sign, in communications that show up on the page.

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