Facebook launches an App Center to help people find and rate apps

by on May 10th, 2012

Facebook has just announced the launch of an exclusive platform for finding and rating desktop, web and mobile apps. The new ‘App Center’ can be accessible on the web and in the iOS and Android Facebook apps.

“For the over 900 million people that use Facebook, the App Center will become the new, central place to find great apps like Draw Something, Pinterest, Spotify, Battle Pirates, Viddy, and Bubble Witch Saga. Everything has an app detail page, which helps people see what makes an app unique and lets them install it before going to an app,” Facebook writes in a company blog post.

Success of an app on this new platform is solely dependent on the app quality. Facebook will use a variety of factors, such as user ratings and engagement, to determine if an app can be listed in the App Center. Well-designed apps that people use actively will enjoy more visibility. Apps that receive poor user ratings or don’t meet the quality guidelines won’t be listed.

In addition to free apps, the App Center will also have paid apps. In-app purchases will give developers the option to offer paid apps. There would be a simple-to-implement payment feature that would allow people to pay a flat fee to use an app on Facebook.com.

Facebook has asked all app developers to create an app detail page. The page is necessary to get listed in the App Center, and will also become the new destination when non-users search for app on Facebook. You can create an app detail page in the App Center section of the Developer App. There you can upload images, provide all the details, and configure all the permissions your app requires. Read these guidelines to know more about setting up an app for the App Center.

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