CityVille Grows Huge on This Week’s List of Fastest-Growing Facebook Apps by MAU

A handful of apps show massive gains on this week’s AppData list of fastest-growing Facebook apps by monthly active users, while most others are closer to normal levels, although still a bit high. There are two broad trends driving this growth: the impending arrival of Christmas and New Year’s, and Zynga’s release of CityVille.

As we cover in detail over on Inside Social Games this morning, CityVille is already a huge phenomenon, with 22 million MAU. Unfortunately, Facebook’s reporting is running a day or two behind, as occasionally happens.

Top Gainers This Week
Name MAU Gain Gain,%
1. CityVille12,941,177+12,276,238+1,846%
2. My Year In Status7,096,530+6,730,783+1,840%
3. Birthday Calendar2,880,258+1,438,348+100%
4. JibJab4,147,916+987,362+31%
5. Badoo5,133,138+935,594+22%
6. FarmVille54,528,558+933,544+2%
7. Yahoo!6,858,572+751,360+12%
8. FrontierVille30,393,785+678,369+2%
9. Phrases (new)17,329,628+671,776+4%
10. Social Fun6,812,417+614,560+10%
11. City of Wonder7,520,929+576,514+8%
12. phrases 4 fun3,474,364+572,434+20%
13. My Top Fans Pro1,494,776+560,064+60%
14. Die Herausforderung der Städte534,608+526,662+6,628%
15. Mighty Pirates1,441,254+516,089+56%
16. Game of Truth2,360,184+471,422+25%
17. Ravenwood Fair4,933,184+464,738+10%
18. Vegas City3,936,761+437,770+13%
19. Frases Diarias10,441,640+435,785+4%
20. 德州撲克(中文版)4,030,139+422,730+12%

Taking on CityVille first, the game is succeeding from a combination of international growth and heavy cross promotion. We broke down the details in depth earlier this morning. The game is pushing some growth across Zynga’s portfolio, with both FarmVille and FrontierVille growing significantly. Long-term, CityVille could detract from other Zynga games.

My Year In Status is taking advantage of the end of the year, when most people start thinking back to what they’ve accomplished during the year. The app also saw huge growth last year around December, then lay dormant for most of 2010. Likewise, JibJab and even the dating app Badoo could be enjoying some effects from the season.

The other app worth pointing out is Yahoo!. Between Yahoo and Microsoft’s apps, which show when Facebook users visit their web properties, Facebook’s traffic-tracking system is beginning to surface some of the web’s connections, which could be interesting for future analysis.