Thursday, February 24, 2011

Successful Facebook Applications Start from Successful Design.

Design is extremely important for Facebook application success. In order to provide good look and feel of your facebook app take the facebook developer should take into account the following points.

* Design should be an integral part of a general application concept and convey ideas and feelings behind it.

* Design should be user-friendly, intuitive, and of playing style to some extent, because Facebook apps are entertaining by their nature. That extent depends on your application niche.

* Design should be social-networking and viral - and give a user a supporting environment to socialize with other users. Does your design encourage people to communicate and make invitations? Does your design help people to express themselves and show them in a favorable light among their friends? Will users say each other "Wow, just take a look at that app!"?

* Design may impose certain restrictions on a Facebook application and, therefore, cause problems when programming the app and afterwards when adding new functional features. As a result, a Facebook application design should be flexible and simple enough to be able to reflect that constant Facebook growth we've discussed above.

* Also remember that potential users are spoilt by numerous already existing applications competing for their attention. So, analyze your competition to understand what and why is popular and how it can be overcome.