ach of these companies has something interesting to offer. Some are already established products, some have received further funding, and others are still getting all of their features built and are looking to expand. Regardless, we wanted to highlight them all so you can see what the future of Facebook apps might look like. Tell us if any of them pique your interest in the comments.
The FbFund Startups
1. BackLight: Backlight uses your social graph to help inspire your creativity.
2. Friend Radio: This app takes the favorite music of your Facebook friends and lets you listen to it in a social music player. It plays within Facebook and soon there will be a browser plug-in to let you listen to it anywhere.
3. Funji: Funji is an iPhone app that creates a virtual community within the mobile world. Slick avatars and Facebook integrations are just the start of its features.
4. Gameyola: It’s a monetization and distribution platform for Flash games, especially in the realm of virtual goods.
6. GroupCard: Yes, it’s a virtual group card, and you may have heard of it, because it’s been around for a while. It lets you sign and collaborate on greeting cards. They also are introducing Cash.io today, a product that helps businesses save money on rebates and promotions. It lets you issue codes that can be cashed in by users through everything from Paypal to Facebook Credits.
7. Life360: Life360 is designed to help you protect and track your family’s safety. The product, which won Google’s Android $300k Developer Challenge, can do everything like track family and pets on maps, recover lost item,s and protect you against identity theft.
8. MyChurch: It builds social networks for church congregations.
9. NetworkedBlogs: It pulls your blog feed to your Facebook profile and business page, allows you to add widgets, and lets you read news blogs on Facebook.
10. NutshellMail: A product we’ve previously covered, NutshellMail is a social media management platform that puts Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks in your email inbox. Customize the info you receive on event invites, friend requests, and more.
11. Photos I Love: Photos I Love is a Facebook app that helps you manage your digital media.
12. RentMineOnline: It’s a social lead generation platform for apartment property managers utilizing your Facebook, Twitter, and other social graphs. It wants to broaden to things like gyms, time shares, jobs, hotels, and more.
13. RunThere: It’s not a fitness social network, but a tool for mapping out routes on an interactive map and coordinating runs with nearby athletes.
15. Samasource: One of the two non-profits of the FbFund, Samasource aims to train less-fortunate people in other countries in quality assurance. It has a product to help Facebook Apps test for errors.
16. Sociable: It’s a tool to drive sales by using social graphs to show friend and word-of-mouth recommendations on ecommerce websites.
17. Sortuv: It changes how you find things like restaurants. Instead of “Thai restaurant” it could be “Find me a restaurant like Thai Thai in Chicago.” It has a lot of categories.
19. Vittana: Vittana, the second non-profit in fbFund, lets you help students in developing countries by lending to them to further their education.
21. Workstir: We highlighed Workstir last year for its winning implementation of Facebook Connect. Apparently Facebook agreed with us enough to fund them. It lets you connect with local service providers (contractors, plumbers, etc.).
22. ZimRide: ZimRide is an app that helps you find carpools to join.