Today was a big day for us – we launched app search for Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter and Foursquare. When you think of apps, the first thing that probably comes to mind is smartphones. But mobile apps are only a small part of the app ecosystem. Quixey offers app search for your phone, browser, desktop, and the web. Today we’ve added social networks to that list.
Facebook is the prime example of how social apps can be useful. Just like you add apps to your smartphone, you can add apps to your Facebook profile. Facebook is the largest app platform, with the most users (750 million) and the most apps (over one million). Mark Zuckerberg has said it time and again: apps are the future of Facebook.
One example of a popular Facebook app is BranchOut. It allows you to tap into your friends’ networks to find out about new career opportunities at top companies.
Then there is Yobombo
. Want to chat with your friends across the world? Yobombo translates languages instantly while you chat and send messages on Facebook.
LinkedIn is another interesting platform. It’s been growing rapidly, today announcing
that it acquires two users every second. LinkedIn only has 20 apps, but we don’t doubt that that collection will explode by the end of the year. With competition from players like BranchOut, LinkedIn may be inspired to expand its app collection to create the ultimate professional platform.
Apps add additional functionality to LinkedIn and make it better. For example, the LinkedIn edition of the SlideShare app allows you to share presentations with your colleagues.
The Events app allows you to see what events your LinkedIn connections are attending. Events allows you to meet up with prospects at industry events or re-connect with old contacts.
On both Facebook and Linkedin, you install apps directly on your account. However, Twitter and Foursquare work differently. Outside apps are built around information from Twitter and Foursquare to offer new features and functions.
For example, TweetDeck is an app that accesses information from Twitter to let you monitor your tweets, retweets, and hashtags from a totally new interface.
Foursquare apps work in the same way, accessing information from Foursquare to offer you additional features. There are over a million apps that tie into Twitter, and thousands of apps tie into Foursquare.
These apps are pretty impressive, but without app search they might as well not exist. Everyone knows about Farmville, but how many other Facebook apps can you name? What about LinkedIn, Twitter and Foursquare apps? You probably can’t name many.
We don’t blame you. Until today, it has been nearly impossible to find them.
Companies like Facebook have been trying (and seriously struggling) to tackle app search for years. At Quixey, we’re taking on a problem that no one else has been able to solve, and today we are one step closer to solving it.
We have said it before and we will say it again: there is an app for everything. We are committed to helping you find those apps so you can live, work, and play better.
Enjoy our new search and stay tuned for more exciting announcements coming soon!