Review: The good, the bad and the ugly of Facebook apps

Today's hottest social networking site includes thousands of free applications. Here are the best and worst for business, blogging and more.

Too much information

Facebook users, to put it mildly, are a self-involved bunch. Because of that, there are many applications along the lines of, "But enough about me. Tell me what you think about me." Here's a sample.

  • More About Me: If you want the world to know whether you prefer Lipton Ice Tea to Nestea, what your favorite candy bar is, and other vital pieces of personal information, here's how to share that scintillating information.
  • I've Got Kids! If you've bored the pants off of everyone you know by telling them about your kids, here's your chance to bore your virtual friends as well.
  • My Computer: Tell the world how many computers you own, along with their specs, including operating system, CPU, RAM, graphics processor, and more.
  • My Gadgets: The same as My Computer, but about gadgets, although it also lets you recommend gadgets to others and get their recommendations.

Most pretentious Facebook apps

Among a certain type of Facebook user, there's an I'm-smarter-and-cooler-than-you-are ethos at play. Often, it's subtle, although sometimes it's as restrained as a sledgehammer. Following are a few Facebook applications with a high potential for pretentiousness.
  • Cities I've Visited: Even if you've been no further from home than Staten Island or Revere Beach, convince the world you're an adventurous jet-setter by lying about all the places you've been.
  • Books iRead: Similarly, even habitual John Grisham readers can use this application to convince everyone they're world-class intellectuals by listing books they've never read.
  • The New York Times Quiz: Prove your current events smarts with this daily quiz ripped from the pages of the Times.

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