Facebook has begun making the application and games dashboards available in beta to Facebook developers for testing purposes. While it may be available to more than just developers, the links to the preview pages were not visible to those users who don’t have the Facebook developers application installed based on users we’ve spoken to. While Facebook posted last week that they would be rolling out dashboards in the “coming weeks”, we didn’t expect them to make the service widely available so quickly.
Instead, it’s likely that Facebook has made the dashboards visible to developers so they can see the impact of the dashboard APIs that have been available for some time now. Currently missing from the dashboards pages are the new navigation on the left-had side of the page as well as the featured applications in the right-hand column. The fact that much of the page is bare also leads us to believe that this is currently limited to developers only.
While it appears that developers currently have the links to the dashboard preview pages, non-developers can access the Games dashboard preview page and the Applications dashboard preview page even if they don’t have the developers application installed. This is all part of Facebook’s roll out of the dashboard and we’d expect more signs of the transition to appear over the coming days and weeks.
What do you think about the dashboards so far? Do you think they will have a positive or negative impact on the overall platform? Are you looking forward to the removal of notifications or are you concerned that it will damage the Facebook application experience?