The Internet has always been a copycat industry, so why not copy marketing strategies that have been successful for other companies on Facebook? The social-networking site is encouraging just that, launching its Preferred Developer Consultant program, Kristin Thayer of the Facebook Developer Network announced on the Facebook Developers Blog.
A total of 14 companies is initially participating—Archrival, Buddy Media, Context Optional, Fluid, Involver, iPlatform, Kresma Design, Shuffle Interactive, Sprout, StepChange, Stuzo, Terralever, Vitrue and Wildfire—and Facebook invited more developers to apply.
From Thayer’s post:
We often hear from brands, celebrities, companies and organizations that are looking for the best resources to start building an application on Facebook.com, optimize a Facebook Connect integration or build a Facebook Page. To help you accelerate your efforts, we are introducing the Preferred Developer Consultant program to connect people to the resources they need to build with Facebook products and technologies.
The initial program features 14 companies and individuals that have built flagship applications on Facebook for clients like Red Bull, McDonald’s, MTV and Disney. These consultants are well-versed in building Facebook integrations and offer solutions ranging from contests, polls and campaigns to deeply integrated social experiences. We hope that by providing a directory of companies who have a history of creating flagship applications, we will help you get started, employ best practices and enhance existing experiences. Please check out the Preferred Developer Consultant directory on the Developer Wiki for more information about the companies we are currently featuring.
If you or your company builds high-quality Facebook Connect implementations, Apps on Facebook, and/or Facebook Pages and is interested in being included as a developer consultant in this program, please visit the Developer FAQ for instructions to register your interest.