The long tail of Facebook applications

This article from O’Reilly on the long tail of Facebook applications ties in with some of the comments I made on the Exponetic blog a few weeks ago comparing Web 1.0’s history with Facebook’s own progress.

The key points are:

  • Some applications are getting huge traffic
  • The majority of applications aren’t
  • Only 45 applications have more than 100,000 active users

100,000 users is still a lot of people (bearing in mind an active user is one who visits at least once per day).

As I originally said, I believe the best prospect is not in creating one killer viral application but in working towards a suite of applications. That’s the way to make the long tail work.

The long tail of Facebook applications

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