Facebook adds over 60 new apps with auto-share

January 19, 2012

Expect to see your Facebook feeds get a bit more crowded.

Facebook added support for over 60 new apps on Wednesday with partners including Foodily, Ticketmaster, Pinterest and others, giving interested users the chance to share more about their daily activities.

In addition to the familiar statuses that tell you what your friends have liked, Facebook is now supporting a range of apps that will tell you what they’re cooking, where they’re running and what they’re reading.

The apps are all set up to use the “frictionless sharing” function on the social network, meaning that users only have to give an app permission to share information once. After that, the app updates automatically to a user’s profile, letting their friends know instantly what they may be eating, studying or listening to at any given moment.

So now, as soon as you buy a concert ticket, your Ticketmaster app will let your friends know what you’ve purchased immediately.

The concept of frictionless sharing has already been introduced to Facebook users through applications published by companies such as Spotify and news reader applications from Yahoo News, The Wall Street Journal and, yes, The Washington Post.

In a company blog post posted Wednesday, Facebook’s director of platform Cal Sjogreen said that users can immediately begin adding apps to their timelines.

He also promised there are more announcements to come.

“Soon, there will be apps for all types of interests, as more apps will launch over time. Whether you love snowboarding, gardening, hiking, or knitting, or something else, there will be an app for you,” Sjogreen wrote.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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