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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Facebook® by Joe Kraynak, Mikal E. Belicove

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Part 3
Harnessing the Power of Facebook Applications
Without its apps (applications), Facebook is the stripped-down model of a social-networking utility. All you’d have left is the Wall, News Feed, and some Profile data. Add in Facebook’s core apps, and you get the fully-loaded model, complete with photos, videos, notes, groups, links, events, and chat. All of these features are Facebook apps, which act as plugins to make Facebook so feature-rich.
But there’s more. Facebook and third-party developers provide even more apps to enhance Facebook, including apps to play games, track your diet, share lists of your favorite books or movies, check your horoscope, send online greeting cards, shop or sell stuff, and even offer coupons to customers ...

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