2009′s Top 25 Facebook Applications
After reading this article on Inside Social Games, I saw the top Facebook applications of 2009, according to AppData. To no oneÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s surprise, Farmville and CafÃƒÂ© World are the most popular applications, with over 73 million users for Farmville, and almost 32 million users for CafÃƒÂ© World.
But what is ZyngaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s secret in making those games so interesting (IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m trying to avoid the word addictive!!). Mark Pincus is the founder of Zynga which started in 2007. By 2008, he had 45 staff members working with him. Now, he’s got 600 employees, including a behavioural psychologist on his team. The key to his “golden mechanics”, so called, is constantly evolving the game(s) in response to users’ preferences… akin to weekly TV programming.
It would be interesting to know how these applications will do in 2010. I am certainly anxious to play new games that will arise from Zynga!
|Application||Number of Users|
|10.||Texas HoldEm Poker||20,844,469|
|11.||Facebook for iPhone||19,828,420|
|19.||Roller Coaster Kingdom||13,610,418|
|21.||Facebook for BlackBerryÃ‚Â® smartphones||12,002,396|