Facebook to charge developers for verifying applications

Developers of applications for Facebook's social networking platform were left upset on Monday, when Facebook unveiled an optional verification service for developers.

The new verification process aims to improve the quality and trustworthiness of applications on Facebook by reviewing submitted applications for their transparency and trustworthiness as well as how useful they are.

However, developers looking to have their application verified will have to pay $375 per application submitted, although the fee is reduced to $175 for students and non-profit organisations. If the application is verified, the verification will last just one year, requiring that the developer re-submits their application to the process, and pays the fee, on an annual basis.

Verified applications will get a "badge" displayed in the application listings and information pages, increased visibility in news feeds, $100 advertising credit and larger allocations of requests, notifications and emails.

While Facebook believes that verification will benefit developers, the developers most certainly disagree. Developers posted comments on the Facebook announcement with a variety of complaints about the new process.

"Users already dis-trust applications on Facebook platform. Now they will dis-trust unverified applications even more. This seems unfair - my application is already 'well designed', 'trustworthy' and 'meaningful' to thousands of users. And I've spent a lot of time making it that way, " posted one developer in the announcement thread, "why should I pay $375 a year just because Facebook allowed so many useless, spammy applications in the first place? Why should my application suffer just because I don't spam my users with adverts (and don't make any profits)?"

Another developer said "The irony is ALL the apps in the directory are already reviewed and approved and should meet all the standards laid out by Facebook. How can they launch this program without admitting that most apps don't actually meet their own standards even after having been approved? What's next, super extra verified apps for $2000"?

Verified applications will start to appear on Facebook in early 2009.

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I've never used Facebook but to me this is absolutely hilarious. Let me get this straight. Someone develops a app for Facebook for
free and then pays Facebook to have Facebook use their work. Where are all these people. I want about a dozen of them to come
work for me so I can retire.

doordoc007 said,
I've never used Facebook but to me this is absolutely hilarious. Let me get this straight. Someone develops a app for Facebook for
free and then pays Facebook to have Facebook use their work. Where are all these people. I want about a dozen of them to come
work for me so I can retire.


LOL!

So developers spend THEIR time developing apps FOR Facebook, which will increase Facebook's popularity. Then they're also expected to pay Facebook $375 FOR HELPING FACEBOOK?

Why can't Facebook just verify the apps for free, and only let decent ones get the funky badge or whatever they want? Then Facebook improve their own image and encourage developers to write good apps.

error4o4 said,
Facebook has turned to complete crap.


I dont use Facebook for the apps, just keeping in touch with friends.

Facebook hasn't turned to "complete crap" - it is still a brilliant method for keeping in touch with friends and acquaintances. However, the applications are horrific. Anything that adds some credibility and raises the entry requirements is a good thing, as that will help weed out the rubbish.

^ I agree. I love Facebook. It's appeal to me is that it's much simpler and easier to use than myspace. Some of the applications are cool, but alot of them are dumb. So if you're a developer who wants me to download your work, why not show your pride in it by showing users you put up money to get it out to us. I will definitely check to see if a app is verified or not...I work wth motorola and I think the Krave is the perfect companion if you're a facebook user.

Antaris said,
I dont use Facebook for the apps, just keeping in touch with friends.

Exactly. With the new design, the apps really aren't a problem anymore. They are more-or-less tucked away in the back. And the requests from applications that other people are using are not as naggy as they were before.

Exactly, this is retarded, can't see anybody spending that much, unless its packed with ads, in which no one will use it anyway.

Yes, its dumb to ask money for a non-profitable application. And the worst think, it is also expensive, for developer for iphone will cost you $99 x year, a real bargain in comparison with the $375.

Magallanes said,
Yes, its dumb to ask money for a non-profitable application. And the worst think, it is also expensive, for developer for iphone will cost you $99 x year, a real bargain in comparison with the $375.

Alot of apps are bundled with garbage ads for revenue. It seems fair to me to weed out some of the excessive trash.