Alert to Facebook users: FarmVille isn’t the only Facebook app. In fact, it wasn’t even the most recommended Facebook game in 2011. That honor went to Gardens of Time. Facebook apps are a bit like ice cream: there’s a lot of flavors to choose from.
That’s increasingly becoming the case, too, with mobile Facebook apps as more are developed and downloaded every day. Here’s a look at several mobile Facebook apps worth checking out:
* Mobile Facebook: It’s hard to talk about Facebook apps and not mention the social networking site’s own mobile app. The Facebook for Android app has been downloaded more than 2.5 million times, and for good reason. The app compartmentalizes the Web version of the site, allowing users to still see what their friends are up to. You can also upload a photo, check out others’ status updates and look up phone numbers. And Facebook users love it. More than 1 million users gave it a 5-star rating.
* Facebook messenger: Likewise, you can’t mention Facebook apps without talking about the relatively new Facebook messenger. Available for the iPhone, Android and Blackberry, Facebook Messenger is a fast, easy way to send and receive mobile messages. You can also send photos and map your location.
* Go!Chat: This Android app was rated the best Facebook chat experience, the software developers said. You can do much more than talk with your Facebook friends via Facebook chat with Go!Chat. You can also share images and locations, send videos, photos and voice notes over Facebook chat. More than 62,000 users gave this app 5 stars.
* Seesmic: You can manage your social networks with this free app for your iPhone, iPad, Android or Windows phone. You can post to post to multiple Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts and share various types of content, like photos and links.
* FriendCaster for Facebook: The software developers say this is supposed to be an improved version the traditional Facebook app for mobile devices. Obviously, the app is very similar in both look and uses to the traditional Facebook app, but you have more options when it comes to your photos. The developers say this is the only full Facebook app that has advanced photo editing and effects. There’s a free, ad-supported version of this app and a paid version.
* Color for Facebook: This app allows you to broadcast live from your phone, minus the editing or uploading. However, there’s no audio with this free app.
Looking for more Facebook apps?
If you like these mobile Facebook apps, check out some of the others that are available for your iPhone, Android or Blackberry. Many of them are free. You can find them in your mobile app store or market by typing in “Facebook” in the search box.