Whether you liked the old Facebook, you you barely tolerate the new, chances are if you’re reading this article, you or someone you know has a Facebook profile. Once a networking site that simply allowed the posting of one’s profile and pictures, and the sending of comments and messages to friends, it has grown into a site where you can fill your profile (or the boxes tab anyway) with whatever you want. From horoscopes to bumper stickers, to daily Bible verses and spaces for virtual gifts, there’s something for everyone’s profile. Here are my top five favorite Facebook applications of 2008.
1. Bumper Sticker: Just like you would put bumper stickers on your car, this application allows you to choose from an array of stickers from different categories (including liberal and conservative politics, religion, sports, and TV and movies) to post on your profile, or give to your friends. There’s no limit to how many bumper stickers you can have, so you can decorate to your heart’s content.
2. Pieces of Flair: Much like Bumper Sticker, this application, whose namesake is from the movie Office Space, allows you to express yourself with an variety of, not bumper stickers, but buttons (or pins–whichever you call them,) which you arrange however you want on a virtual corkboard. Also like Bumper Sticker, Pieces of Flair allows you to either choose your own to post to your profile, or give and recieve to and from friends.
3. Wish List: This application is just a recent discovery for me, but it couldn’t have come at a better time– Christmas! Instead of your friends and family members asking you constantly, what you want for Christmas, birthdays, and beyond, Wish List allows you post your Amazon Wish List on your profile. I was so pysched to see this, since I had just started my wish list!
4. (Lil) Green Patch: Even though I no longer have this application anymore (at the time, I had sent out all the new plants,) I thought this was a great application for a variety of reasons. First off, for every ten flowers you send, the sponsors of the application donate the money to save 1 square foot of rainforests. Secondly, you get to see and learn the names of new plants and flowers, so when spring comes around again, you can identify anything you might want to plant. Lastly, it was nice to send and receive plants and flowers, and sometimes even garden decorations, and to tend to other gardens. This was a fun, interactive application for me, that reaped great environmental benefits.
5. Associated Content Portal: As Associated Content Producers, my friend, Tara, and I, were thrilled about the opportunity to access Associated Content from Facebook, and be able to display our published articles on our profiles. Aside from the fun application of Bumper Sticker, this application has to be my favorite, though I just found it about two weeks ago.
As Facebook and Myspace compete, I have to give Facebook the win, because for one, they’re more easy to use, and you don’t have to use a bunch of codes to change something, and two, they had the applications first. If you haven’t checked out any of the applications listed above, please do.