Facebook used The Next Web Conference in Amsterdam today to announce the launch of timeline-upgraded applications by 18 companies from 11 countries.
The new timeline apps are from:
afisha.ru (Russia), a travel and lifestyle magazine
Amen (Germany), an iPhone app that allows users to create and share opinions
Canal+ (France), a premium television service
Corriere (Italy), a daily newspaper
JustGiving (U.K.), a fundraising site
Le Figaro (France), a daily newspaper
Le Monde (France), a daily newspaper
LiveSport.TV (U.K.), which provides Internet streaming of live sporting events
Look (U.K.), a fashion site
Magisto (Israel), a video-editing and movie-creation site
Muzu.TV (U.K.), a music-video site
Onet (Poland), a Web portal
RTVE (Spain), public radio and television
Sky Italia (Italy), a digital satellite-television platform
Stern (Germany), a magazine
Tripbirds (Sweden), a travel-planning site
Vox.io (Slovenia), an Internet telephony platform
wp.pl (Poland), a Web portal
More than 80 percent of the people on Facebook are based outside of the U.S., providing developers with the opportunity to reach a global audience through their apps.
Since Open Graph launched four months ago, developers have been growing their timeline apps internationally across Web and mobile. For example, last month, there were around 1.5 billion shares from Spotify (Luxembourg) to Facebook. Also, in the past month, Deezer (France) has seen a 300 percent increase in traffic from Facebook mobile, and it is growing by 200,000 new Facebook users per week.
These startups are continuing the momentum started by game developers such as Wooga (Berlin) and King.com (London), which grew to reach tens of millions of users after building their businesses on Facebook, each hitting the top five list of game developers on Facebook in less than a year.