There is a difference between a fun application that brings friends closer together by random interactions than an application that brings no value, no fun, and a money hogging tool. Random Facebook developers are resorting to the lowest methods and schemes of earning money. The advertisements are not enough. The thousands of impressions they get per day are not enough to earn a decent amount of money. They need to resort to methods such as earn your credits by inviting friends. Unlock all the great features of this application by inviting 20 friends. Earn so many credits by applying to credit cards, cell phone SMS ads, fill out forms to win a Wii and more.
The sad part is, that many people will fall for such schemes and not realize that the developers are not providing a tool for entertainment purposes at all. And they are really not going to care how they will improve the application. Applications on facebook are intended for one purpose and one purpose only. It is a fun way to interact with your “friends.” Facebook has become a spamming tool. A money hogging tool, and so many people are falling for it.
I even considered making an application and placing some ads in it. It’s not rocket science. As long as you are a good php programming, then it is a piece of cake. I even see now a days job positions asking for PHP developers to make facebook applications. Well, it better be a damn good one so A LOT more people will add it. Let it be useful to people, and not force people to “earn credits” to use such tools. It’s very unattractive and a very bad way to make an application popular.
What’s the most annoying facebook application you have ever “tried” to add?