Don't Place Restrictions on Applications!

Seriously, I have spent countless hours over the past few days trying to find cool applications as one email after the other comes into my inbox asking for an application review. I have also spent time browsing through the application directory. Just yesterday I checked out two applications in particular expecting to write a story about them but once I installed the applications I was thoroughly disappointed.

The first offender was the OnTrack application. This application press releases states the application is “a highly effective goal and project management Facebook application, is publicly launching today in an attempt to make the social operating system as useful as the computer operating system.” Wow! This sounds like it may just be that golden application that I have long spoken of. Unfortunately, it is not. You add the application and try to create a project and are immediately prompted with “You have no more credits and don’t have at least 20 friends to invite, so you can buy a credit for $0.99.”

What?!?!? The most useful application on Facebook is trying to force me to invite users before using the application. While I understand why the application developers thought that this would be useful for getting more users, it is definitely not something that I suggest high quality applications use when launching their app. This one had the potential to be good but it ended up flopping 🙁

For those of you interested in more discussion about forced invites there has been a pretty active discussion on the Facebook developer forum over the past few days. The second offender that ended up being the catalyst for this post was the blogonize application. At first glance, this application appears to be the first effective blogging application that I have seen so far.

Given the popularity of MySpace blogs, I figured this could have a significant impact on Facebook profiles. In theory, blogs could be publicly accessible. I installed the application and the first thing I was prompted with was to enter my Blogonize login. What?!?!? I seriously had high hopes for this application and yet again I am disappointed. Honestly, the Bloggonize people have a pretty slick looking website and they may have a really nice platform but unfortunately this is one restriction that I won’t get past.

Word to the wise: don’t place restrictions on applications that prevent people from using it. I wish there were people that could argue against this that will post on my blog but I have a feeling those that this model is working for will choose to remain silent.