Slideshow: 10 apps growing wildly on the Facebook platform

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As Facebook’s F8 conference — a developer’s haven — approaches, the social network recently identified 10 high-performing apps to Inside Facebook that are either seeing stellar return on investment through ads or are growing through Open Graph and Facebook Login.

Some, like Hotels.com and Top Eleven: Be a Football Manager, may not be new to Facebook users, but the Facebook platform has helped emerging apps such as YPlan, Cooliris and Swell Radio, as well.

The F8 conference has been a major boon to apps such as Spotify … could the 10 apps listed below be the next to make it big?

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Top 25 Facebook apps: April 2014 — Facebook users swipe right for Tinder

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One of the apps rocketing up the AppData leaderboard makes the world more open and connected, but maybe not in quite the way Mark Zuckerberg had hoped. Tinder, a popular dating app, has grown from No. 25 on the AppData’s March Facebook daily active user leaderboard, all the way to No. 17. Tinder is also the top dating app, in terms of both Facebook DAU and MAU (monthly active user) estimates.

Other than that, the chart hasn’t changed a whole lot, with King games Candy Crush Saga and Farm Heroes Saga maintaining a stranglehold on the top.

Click below to find out which apps Facebook users are addicted to, as sorted by AppData’s daily active user estimates.

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DataPoint: Is Social Point the next big game developer?

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The social gaming space is dominated by King and Zynga. As we recently discussed, King’s games alone take up a quarter of the Facebook app market. However, the Barcelona-based Social Point has been growing steadily, and its numbers are nothing to sneeze at.

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Top 25 Facebook apps: March 2014 — Inside Candy Crush Saga’s dominance

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It’s understood that King’s addictive game Candy Crush Saga is the most popular Facebook game, but by looking at daily active user counts (DAU), it shows just how much of a force it is.

With more than 57 million Facebook DAU, Candy Crush Saga has more DAU than the next four Facebook apps — Farm Heroes Saga, Microsoft Live, Spotify and Pet Rescue Saga — according to AppData.

From now on, the AppData monthly leaderboard on Inside Facebook will reflect DAU values. Click below to see which Facebook apps are the most used.

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DataPoint: Klout DAUs down more than 60% in last week

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It looks like the rumor of Klout’s sale (and its recent makeover) hasn’t helped the online influencer this week. AppData reported its Facebook monthly active users dropped nearly 50 percent in the last week, with daily active users down more than 60 percent.

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DataPoint: Social Point gains nearly 1 million MAUs in past week

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Developer Social Point is gaining momentum in Facebook monthly active users. In the past week, the developer has gained nearly 1 million MAUs, according to AppData Facebook MAU estimates. With one app, Dragon City, in the MAU Top 10 of Facebook apps, and three more in the MAU Top 100, Social Point could start to give other developers a run for their money.

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Top 25 Facebook apps: February 2014 — Dragon City falling

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While King continues to reign over the Facebook app world, a game by Social Point — Dragon City — has dropped considerably in the AppData monthly leaderboard. In January, Dragon City was the fifth-most popular app, in terms of AppData’s Facebook monthly active user (MAU) estimates.

Now, it ranks 9th, as apps such as Spotify, Bing and Pinterest have moved up.

Want to see which Facebook apps are the most popular? Click below to see the top 25 Facebook apps, ranked in terms of AppData’s MAU estimates.

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DataPoint: Microsoft’s Skype DAU has grown 82 percent in a year

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It looks like we might not be too far off from a “Jetsons” future after all. According to AppData, Skype is gaining Facebook daily active users (DAUs), meaning video calling could become the norm as more people are working remotely. On Jan. 30, 2014, AppData reported 4.9 million DAUs and on the same date in 2013, it reported nearly 2.7 million DAUs. That equals a gain of 2.2 million DAUs in one year.

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DataPoint: FarmVille 2 MAU drops 54% from a year ago, DAU drops 50%

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Chances are you’ve been getting fewer FarmVille 2 requests from your Facebook friends than a year ago.

According to AppData, FarmVille 2 is experiencing the 2014 deep freeze just like the rest of the U.S. On Jan. 27, 2014, AppData reported 21.2 million Facebook MAUs and on the same date in 2013, it reported 45.7 million MAUs. That equals a loss of 24.5 million MAUs.

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Facebook announces newest update to App Insights

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Version 2.0 beta of App Insights is now ready for developers, Facebook announced Thursday. All Facebook app developers can opt into this new version of App Insights starting today. It provides developers with a better dashboard to manage apps, as well as more actionable data, a clearer interface and improved warnings when outages occur.

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