Facebook redesigns force app developers to adapt

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facebook_small.jpgADOTAS — I’m now constantly bombarded with silly things to do on Facebook, and apparently even the new design won’t stop it.

With the rise of LivingSocial, which lets social network users list their favorite things, like books and movies, to the top of the app food chain, other applications have been pushed aside.

When Facebook released a design in July, widget applications were hurt because of their placement, and its newest design is doing the same. Developers like Slide, RockYou, Familylink.com and others have seen a decline in usage of between 15 and 25 percent. Causes, the number one application, has experienced a 24 percent drop in monthly active users.

According to AllFacebook though, the total number of monthly active users among the top 50 applications has risen from 317.4 million to 322 million over the past 30 days. While Causes has lost over 6 million monthly active users, there has simply been a shift of the top 50 applications. It also suggests that there is a shift in what types of applications will be top contenders.

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