Brian Bailey Preface to the Revised Edition

Developing Facebook Apps

Today's Wall Street Journal has a terrific article on the growing rush to build applications for Facebook: Why So Many Want to Create Facebook Applications. It's available online for free. The piece covers a few of the companies and venture capitalists that are behind what it describes as "another online gold rush".

Some interesting thingss mentioned in the article:

70,000 people have signed up for the developer tools

2,000 applications regularly attract at least 100 users

Facebook's monthly visitor total doubled in six months, reaching 30 million in July

One core reason behind its success and attraction to developers and companies? Facebook users aren't anonymous, unlike most social networking sites, particularly MySpace.

If you're curious to learn more, visit Facebook's developer site.