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Facebook Cookbook by Jay Goldman

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Application Verification Program

Problem

The world of apps is getting too crowded, and I feel like users just don’t trust apps the way they used to. How can I get them to know that my app is legit?

Solution

If you’re faced with being MC Hammer (i.e., being 2 legit, 2 legit 2 quit), consider the Application Verification Program launched at the 2008 f8 conference. More information is at http://developers.facebook.com/verification.php.

Discussion

Interested developers can submit their apps, along with a processing fee, and Facebook will verify and certify that the app:

  • Uses major integration points in the manner they were intended

  • Triggers communication between users and friends appropriately

  • Has relevant and appropriate content in communications

Verified applications will receive a badge on their About Page, heightened presence in the Application Directory, and more visibility in some Facebook communication channels compared to their unverified peers. Generally speaking, if your app complies with Facebook’s Platform Policy (http://wiki.developers.facebook.com/index.php/Platform_Policy) and meets (or exceeds!) the Guiding Principles (http://developers.facebook.com/principles.php), you should have no trouble.

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