With so many social applications available for use, it helps to know what each does and why you would use it, see how the list of social applications may meet your business or social needs.
The best Facebook social applications allow users to connect with friends in similar businesses, share tips about how to run their businesses, and remind them to visit and connect. The main differences in these applications involve the topics on which people connect. Here is my list of top Facebook social and business applications by topic:
Facebook Business Applications for those Who Share Social Media Connections
Empire Avenue allows you to meet friends, ask for favors, by buying and selling shares in people hoping to connect. You can easily see how much social activity they are involved in my joining their connections at such places as Facebook, Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn, Foursquare, blogs etc. Share prices are based on participation at Empire Avenues, social media and by connections.
Xeeme Engage allows you to track friends in using a phone based app Xeeme which provides a similar list to Empire Avenue without the social activity.
Facebook Social Applications for those Who Love to Share Books
Goodreads is the most popular, allowing users to add the books they are reading, connect with friends, shares their favorite books and suggest books to their friends. Shelfari is similar to Goodreads. The Facebook applications tracks your participation.
Facebook Social Applications for those Who Love to Share News
Mashable is by far the most popular way to share news; the Facebook application tracks your participation. Digg is similar.
Facebook Social Applications for those Who Love to Share Media Interests
Get Glue allows you to share your favorite television shows, books, movies, etc; the Facebook application tracks your participation.
Facebook Social Applications for those Who Love to Share Pictures
Pinterest allows you to pin a photo and associated link to an article or other media; the Facebook application allows you to post pictures and track your participation.
Slideshare allows you to build a slideshow explaining some experience or knowledge; the Facebook application shares your participation.
Facebook Business Applications for Sharing Your Resume
LinkedIn is by far the most popular, allowing you to see the activity you participate in within LinkedIn. LinkedIn helps provide job tips, connects you to school mates and business colleagues.
Branchout is similar to LinkedIn but is a Facebook application only. It allows you to refer and rate friends.
Facebook Business Applications for Sharing Your Knowledge By Answering Questions
Quora is a tool where you answer questions about various topics; the application tracks your participation.
Storylane is a tool where you answer questions about your life and what you like to do; the application tracks your participation.