Facebook's Timeline apps are about to get a lot more interactive.
The social network announced in a post on its Developer Blog the rollout of "action links," which let users interactions to go beyond "liking" and commenting on app posts that pop up in their news feeds, Timelines or tickers.
Action links can be customized by app developers to enable a deeper connection between Facebook members and the sites and services they like to use. For example, in its May 2 blog post, Facebook includes a screenshot post of someone's check-in via Foursquare, which, in addition to "like" and "comment" links also features a "Save This Place" link. This link would allow users to save a place to their Foursquare to-do lists without ever having to leave Facebook.
Similarly, the "Fave this Product" link added by developers to Fab.com posts lets users to add a product to their own Fab.com favorite list without having to open a new page.
Back in September, during the company's massive f8 conference, Facebook first floated the idea a wide rollout of "Actions" that would let developers turn any verb into a link that works similarly to the "like" button. In January, Facebook announced the launch of 60 new Timeline apps that employed this feature. Now, the company is offering developers the option to integrate "Action links" into any Timeline app, allowing users to interact directly with those apps.
As The Next Web points out, these actions link could be a useful way for developers to increase direct actions within apps, as users don't even have to leave Facebook to interact with them.
What are your thoughts on Action links? Will you click on them when you see them around Facebook? Share your thoughts with us in the comments! But before you do, make sure to flip through the slideshow below to check out the social network's top 17 app recommendations.
[Hat Tip: AllFacebook]
With the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Spotify" target="_hplink">Spotify</a> timeline app, music fans can add music to their timeline as they listen, and discover new songs from friends along the way.
Are you crazy about pinning? Bring your pins, repins and boards to your timeline. Since launching their timeline app, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pinterest" target="_hplink">Pinterest</a> saw the number of people visiting the site from Facebook increase by more than 60 percent. To get started, go to Pinterest.com, sign in with Facebook, and add Pinterest to your timeline.
With the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Foodspotting" target="_hplink">Foodspotting</a> timeline app, foodies can snap photos of the food they spot, love, try, and want. Since launching its timeline app in January, Foodspotting has multiplied its monthly active user base by two.
People can now add their <a href="https://www.facebook.com/foursquare" target="_hplink">Foursquare</a> check-ins to their timelines and maps, share their badges and see the top places they've checked into.
Login to Vevo.com with Facebook, or the Vevo mobile app, to get music video recommendations and add the videos you watch to your timeline. Since launching their timeline app, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/VEVO" target="_hplink">VEVO</a> has seen a 45 percent increase in traffic from Facebook's mobile app to their own, compared to just a few months ago.
If your favorite bands have a Band Page on Facebook (and they probably do, as more than half a million musicians have one), you can mark your favorite songs, as well as the concerts you plan on attending and would like to attend, to fill out the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/rootmusic" target="_hplink">RootMusic</a> app on your timeline.
Bring the book club to your timeline. <a href="https://www.facebook.com/Goodreads" target="_hplink">Goodreads</a> gives you an easy way to add the books you're reading, or want to read, to your timeline, and discover what friends are reading as well. Over time, the Goodreads app will surface the number of books you've read in a certain period of time and your top authors. Since launching the timeline app, Goodreads has grown its audience by 90 percent.
<a href="http://viddy.com/" target="_hplink">Viddy</a>, the mobile app for creating quick videos and adding filters, now lets people add clips to their timelines as they shoot. Now when people film videos from a vacation or everyday life, they can share them to Facebook and collect their clips on the Viddy timeline app. Since launching their timeline app just a few weeks ago, Viddy went from 100,000 monthly uniques to more than 790,000. They are averaging 50,000 sign-ups per day and are among the most popular apps in the Apple App Store.
DJs, wannabe DJs and music lovers can add the songs they've "awesome'd" directly to their timeline with the <a href="http://turntable.fm/" target="_hplink">Turntable</a> app.
If you love shopping, you can bring <a href="https://www.facebook.com/fab.com" target="_hplink">Fab.com</a> to your timeline to share your favorite purchases. Fifty percent of Fab's visits come from Facebook.
Need more encouragement to finish that run, or looking for more routes to hike? Turn your phone into your personal trainer. The <a href="https://www.facebook.com/endomondo" target="_hplink">Endomondo</a> app on your phone to track your workouts, and lets you login with Facebook to add your activity to your timeline.
With <a href="http://www.tripadvisor.com/" target="_hplink">TripAdvsior</a>, travelers can build out a map of the places they've been and want to go and pin cities along the way to their timeline. Over time, they can see data on their travels, such as the percentage of the world seen, and total distance traveled.
For the fashionistas out there, <a href="https://www.facebook.com/connect/uiserver.php?app_id=164118886949520&method=permissions.request&redirect_uri=https%3A%2F%2Fapps.facebook.com%2Fpose-app%2F?ref%3Dts&response_type=none&display=page&perms=offline_access%2Cemail%2Cpublish_stream%2Cpublish_actions%2Cuser_photos&auth_referral=1" target="_hplink">Pose</a> makes it possible to bring your favorite outfits (whether you're wearing them or not) to your timeline. Since launching the timeline app, Pose has seen daily sign-ups increase by five times. Celebs like Rachel Zoe are <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150644319103553&set=a.10150509371338553.372053.19292868552&type=3&theater" target="_hplink">adding their outfits to timeline</a> with the app.
Last month the e-commerce site <a href="https://www.facebook.com/connect/uiserver.php?app_id=230486256138&method=permissions.request&redirect_uri=https%3A%2F%2Fapps.facebook.com%2Fsneakpeeq%2F?ref%3Dts&response_type=none&display=page&perms=email%2Cpublish_actions&auth_referral=1" target="_hplink">Sneakpeeq</a> raised $2.7 million for its simple yet innovative approach to making online shopping feel like it does in the real world. You can add Sneakpeeq to your timeline and share the artists, designers, products, and sales you discover with your friends.
Everyone's favorite satirical news source, <a href="http://www.theonion.com/" target="_hplink">The Onion</a>, recently launched a timeline app so people can add the funny stories they read (such as "Study Finds Newborn Infants Can Tell If Parents Are Losers") and the videos they watch, to their timeline.
The <a href="http://www.fandango.com/" target="_hplink">Fandango</a> app lets you add the movies you want to see to your timeline, as well as the clips you watch and movies you rate. Now that Fandango can be on your timeline, you have another way to express your love of "The Hunger Games."
The <a href="https://www.facebook.com/connect/uiserver.php?app_id=172689716102069&method=permissions.request&redirect_uri=https%3A%2F%2Fapps.facebook.com%2Fartfinder%2F?ref%3Dts&response_type=none&display=page&perms=email%2Cpublish_actions&auth_referral=1" target="_hplink">Artfinder</a> app lets you snap photos of artwork from your phone and begin curating your own masterpiece on your timeline. Since Artfinder launched a timeline app, people have spent 60 percent more time with the service.
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