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facebook applicationsLike a lot of you, I’ve largely outgrown my trust for Facebook applications. The truth is, most of these really are ‘just for fun’, which means you have to wade through spam, survey schemes and dysfunctional applications to find your way to something useful.

There are more than enough of these useful Facebook applications though, and you’re missing out on a lot of the fun if you think it isn’t worth your time.

Here are four useful Facebook applications that actually improve your account.

PageRage Facebook Themes

It’s a huge plus that Facebook doesn’t offer graphical configuration like MySpace “” we all know how that turned out. Facebook looks slick, clean, but it might just not be your thing. An all-round user friendly situation would be to customize how Facebook looks for you. That’s what we call a win-win solution.

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PageRage allow you to do this, using a Firefox add-on and Facebook application; you’ll need both of these for it to work. Choose one of many Facebook skins you like from the PageRage gallery, and you’re all set. Mind you, this will only affect how you view Facebook on your computer.

Docs for Facebook

Facebook recently announced Docs, a hybrid between Facebook and Microsoft Fusion to share documents, spreadsheets and presentations on Facebook. It’s no Google Docs or Microsoft Office replacement yet, but it goes a long way.

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In the Docs application, you’ll be able to skim popular reads, browse your own and friends’ files, or upload new documents. Besides uploading or creating a new document, you can also create interactive files that use Facebook data; resumes, charts based on friends’ data and photo slideshows. This is where the Facebook integration really pays off.

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Because the application is really just a Facebook front-end for the new Docs.com website, Facebook will redirect you when actually opening or creating a new document. Although full integration of the word editor (seen above) is still a thing of the future, other Facebook options are present on the Docs site, like posting a document to your Facebook wall.

Twitter Tab

Facebook and Twitter are often regarded as two great battling social media sites, but why should they; the two services couldn’t be more different and it’s only sensible (from a social media aspect) to pay attention to both.

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The Twitter Tab application allows you to keep an eye on both from one website. In fact, you can monitor up to eight different Twitter accounts and customize the theme to match your Facebook page.

RSS Graffiti

RSS Graffiti is an entirely different kind of amazing. It’s especially useful if you host your own blog or website and have an RSS feed. With the ease of subscribing to a feed, you can start publishing posts to your Facebook. Mind, you can also use RSS Graffiti to post from sites like Flickr, Twitter, or Yahoo! Meme “” you just need a valid RSS feed.

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Setting up the application hardly takes a minute and you can start adding feeds right away. The application will prompt you for a feed name and URL by default, but you can configure a whole range of more advanced settings, including filtering, transforming the feed, and scheduling your updates.

Do you know any other useful Facebook applications? Let us know your picks in the comments below!

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  1. Alisa Alta
    January 3, 2011 at 4:15 am

    Facebook has known for its simplicity, with a common white and blue theme. And yes it made the pages load fast. But a candy that tastes blue and white for how many years will inevitably becomes tasteless. A far more amazing idea for a profile page feature would be the themes and layouts. There are so many instructions on how to have a very nice theme on your profile page. Facebook Layouts

  2. Vamanjoor Sukumar
    November 25, 2010 at 8:43 am

    thanx

  3. José Ricardo Santos
    November 24, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Thats great. Thanks!

  4. Daniel Snyder
    November 23, 2010 at 5:38 am

    Just installed twitter tab, went through all the trouble - and then they want you to pay to use it. Can't install it on your fan page without paying ($10 for a year!) ... doesn't work on a profile. So, unless you're going to fork out cash... useless.

  5. Daniel Snyder
    November 23, 2010 at 5:33 am

    The Twitter Tab app looks interesting, although your link goes to the wrong spot... it links to the official twitter app, not twitter tab.

  6. Rafael Cocchini
    November 23, 2010 at 12:34 am

    Or you can just get an invite and use rockmelt.

  7. Clmoses
    November 22, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Would love to have the Twitter tab, but Facebook no longer has the ability to add tabs to your profile!

  8. Ivan kolevski
    November 22, 2010 at 3:41 am

    Great read, loved the RSS Graffiti. Tnx for sharing.

  9. Vonbrucken
    November 21, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    http://blog.reverbnation.com/2...
    http://www.readwriteweb.com/ar...

    It may takes some times for them to remove all tabs but it is an official announcement !

  10. Vonbrucken
    November 21, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Could have been a good article, unfortunately the author does not know that tabs have been removed from Facebook profiles ...

  11. Arieswarlock
    November 21, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Twitter and RSS, that is actually very good. Thanks.

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