Facebook-Enabled, Social Recommendations of Mobile Apps Are Here With Apptitude

Facebook may be holding off on offering mobile app recommendations based on your friends’ tastes. But that isn’t stopping third-party developers from doing it on their own.

Vivek Agrawal and Shalin Mantri, who were behind a music app last year called Hitmaker, have built Apptitude — a way to learn about the mobile applications your Facebook friends use. It’s on a soft rollout now and has climbed the iTunes charts to #50 on the free app list today.

“The top 25 chart is essentially broken,” Mantri said. “It’s rigged and it’s unfair to independent app developers. We need to democratize the playing field for developers and more importantly, for users.”

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