Facebook developers shouldn’t be surprised if users become more interested in games and standard applications in the near future. Facebook announced yesterday that a Games Dashboard and an Applications Dashboard will launch sometime in the next few weeks.
Thanks to this move, users should be shown recently used games and apps, news items, friends’ recent activity, a directory, suggestions, counters, and all other sorts of stuff. The added information and increased level of interactivity is almost sure to generate interest.
Of course, developers will need to do their part. A post on the Facebook Developers blog stated, “[W]e’re updating the Dashboard API and opening up the Applications Dashboard sandbox and the Games Dashboard sandbox so that you can begin integrating your applications to ensure that your users will see personalized and interesting content from you in their dashboards when they go live. Get started populating the dashboards by visiting the sandboxes today.”
But on the whole, it looks like Facebook’s putting forth most of the effort here, which is nice.