Doppelgangers Replace Zynga Parasites on This Week’s List of Emerging Facebook Apps

Take a look below for our weekly list of the most quickly growing apps with under a million monthly users on Facebook. We source these lists from AppData, which tracks a number of metrics.

Over on our sister site Inside Social Games, the big news is that Gangster City, the new Playfish challenger to Mafia Wars, has passed a million users. Here, it’s that the list is suddenly free of FarmVille parasites, non-Zynga apps that lure in users with fake gifts purportedly from Zynga’s most popular game. It’s not that Facebook is banning the apps. Instead, users just appear to be getting wise to the scam.

Top Gainers This Week
Name MAU Gain↓ Gain, %
1.icon My City Life698,494+535,098+76.61
2.icon Truth about friends523,925+523,784+99.97
3.icon Go to Hell273,931+257,768+94.10
4.icon FacéDouble Celebrity Look-alike Doppelganger294,772+223,025+75.66
5.icon MiniPlanet558,648+221,714+39.69
6.icon 你問我答894,879+159,799+17.86
7.icon Sanalika501,359+147,149+29.35
8.icon Horoscope Today654,510+146,056+22.32
9.icon Akinator928,309+145,403+15.66
10.icon Kingdoms of Camelot670,480+133,490+19.91
11.icon The Pink Ribbon633,857+119,933+18.92
12.icon FacéDouble Twins Doppelganger149,280+116,615+78.12
13.icon Show Some Love!759,537+111,542+14.69
14.icon Jumping Dog108,671+108,655+99.99
15.icon Funflow101,589+101,414+99.83
16.icon Lovers133,098+100,885+75.80
17.icon Flowers for Friends503,076+100,625+20.00
18.icon Kampanyalar115,026+92,508+80.42
19.icon Snaptu540,236+90,080+16.67
20.icon SPP Ranch!186,246+89,777+48.20

No apps held over from last week to this one. Despite the lack of Zynga parasites, the usual lack of depth is apparent in most of the new Facebook apps surfacing. One that is fairly interesting, though, is FacéDouble Celebrity Look-alike Doppelganger, which is probably built by the web site of the same name.

The matching technology in FaceDouble isn’t perfect, but the app has borrowed Hot or Not style voting to go through potential pairs. You can also choose to view only friends — although it appears that functionality is broken. It could be that the pairs shown are simply pre-picked, and there’s no technology at all behind the app. You’ll also notice FacéDouble Twins Doppelganger further down, which is itself a doppelganger of the Celebrity app.

Horoscope Today, last week’s number one, has dropped down to number eight, and will probably continue to fall. Arrayed around it are a trio with a little more staying power, and one thing in common: none are in English. They’re 你問我答, Sanalika (in Turkish) and Akinator (in French). Sanalika has been slowly, but steadily growing, while the other two, which are also both quiz apps, are about ready to pass a million users.

Last is Show Some Love!. As you might guess, this is a poke-style app for pestering one’s friends. In exchange for doing so, you get “love bucks”. But users appear to like the app well enough; it has appeared on this list consistently for a few weeks.