Posts tagged App Center

Facebook uses random sampling to determine app ratings and avoid manipulation

This is an interesting and new approach for a review system (in this case, rating applications,) since users cannot rate applications on-demand, but rather have to be randomly presented the opportunity to rate them. This can prevent a lot of fake and malicious reviews.

Currently there is no way for users to rate an app on demand. Instead, users are randomly prompted to provide star ratings through modules around the site. This unique approach discourages user or developer manipulation. Facebook product manager Matt Wyndowe tells us the company is considering options for allowing users to rate apps directly from an App Center page, but Facebook wants to do so in a way that maintains the integrity of its ratings.

Because high ratings can lead to better placement in the App Center, developers want to know how to get more positive ratings for their app. Although there is no particular link users can visit to rate a Facebook application, we’ll go over the different ways that users are currently able to rate apps.

Facebook is getting its own app store for all devices, all platforms, all prices

Facebook is launching a new App Center, “a place to find social web, desktop, and mobile apps” — and not just Facebook apps.

The App Center will bring Facebook users all the best in iOS apps, Android apps, web apps, mobile web apps, and even desktops apps “The goal is to solve the app discovery problem… based on what you and your firends enjoy,” a Facebook rep told VentureBeat in a phone chat today.

You won’t just find free apps here, either. Facebook is also introducing paid apps. The company stated it expects in-app purchases to be developers’ primary money-makers for the time being; however, making paid apps available through the Facebook platform is the beginning of a very interesting business opportunity, both for devs and for Facebook.