Facebook Rolls Out Verified App Program, Plus One Hell Of A Revenue Model For Themselves:
I disagree with Michael Arrington @ TechCrunch that the recent announcement of fb Verified App Program represents a new revenue model… I mean of course it DOES as in it will bring in revenue.
It just may not have high margin and may only be done by a certain proportion of the app marketplace.
I loved Michael’s comment that $9M was a lot of money where he came from, and it is where I come from too, however neither of us own one of the largest social media platforms in the world that is heavily invested in by Microsoft (did he forget the $240mn they put in??!!) $9M one-off SHOULD be small fry in fb-hq and if it isn’t then start worrying!
now if it was $9mn recurring and growing…. that might be a different matter as long as the margins were good… however $375 to test, verify an app – I’m sure there is automation but it does sound like a low-margin cost-covering exercise so there must be something else in it…
So imho what is more interesting is that fb want to get more involved in telling users which apps are good, and which aren’t.
fb’s Great Apps has already drawn a lot of criticism from, what might be sour grapes, commentators claiming nepotism, but hey I figure people that made a great platform probably have some friends who make some great stuff too… no biggie. Plus causes is a GOOD IDEA.
so whilst I don’t buy the big conspiracy theory of “great apps” I will entertain the possibility that being able to rank apps into badges of acceptability from fb will allow them to get more involved in how business is built on their platform. If you can introduce control on your platform you can certainly take a slice of the pie that other people are making in your playground. Fair Play
For those of us intending to roll-out serious business models with fun apps on social media $375 for the right to play in the playground shouldn’t be a big deal… the only thing is that we will expect a different kind of relationship with fb now… a little more serious now that we’re paying them money… are they ready?