Connect Rises on This Week’s List of Emerging Facebook Apps

One might have guessed that the top app on this week’s AppData list of emerging Facebook apps would be one commemorating Thanksgiving. It’s true that an occasions-related app is at the top, but the American holiday seems to have passed the app world by; the top app is Birthday Greeting Cards, by Socialsoft.

Here’s the full list of the 20 fastest-growing apps still under a million monthly active users:

Top Gainers This Week – Games
Name MAU Gain Gain,%
1.Original Birthday Greeting Cards503,685+417,020+481%
2.App_2_162461630459416_9977 La sfida delle città388,877+371,804+2,178%
3.Original ABC.com766,426+338,359+79%
4.App_2_164819630206264_37 Epic Fighters430,771+261,288+154%
5.App_2_128246950529106_698 Bar World432,242+228,551+112%
6.Original Profile Stats721,875+201,687+39%
7.App_2_140357045994487_425 Happy Hospital484,805+188,774+64%
8.App_2_175202372495964_5248 OyunPark236,952+186,326+368%
9.App_2_146118892073972_2344 Mighty Pirates434,894+163,373+60%
10.App_2_149288638421413_1755 寵物戰爭166,423+155,237+1,388%
11.App_2_367415665181_4980 Puzzle Saga210,387+148,001+237%
12.App_2_166960806653757_9946 Clash of Kingdoms468,617+139,398+42%
13.App_2_151985508172001_5311 The Smurfs’ Village309,430+122,038+65%
14.App_2_112227688836781_7288 Prizee Jackpot845,943+121,757+17%
15.App_2_140289966015371_9408 Entrevista Social192,284+118,504+161%
16.App_2_149765091710484_8999 FameTown551,854+117,354+27%
17.App_2_385041300032_4073 MyGame400,602+115,300+40%
18.App_2_109417482436806_8689 MySpace633,076+113,953+22%
19.App_2_264970205531_8955 Quotes Factory310,917+113,158+57%
20.App_2_125563607490233_6907 Little War422,029+112,319+36%

Birthday Greeting Cards is not a particularly impressive app, with a very basic interface and card options. It also uses a tactic to convince users to buy its virtual currency, BdayBucks (Update: Socialsoft emails to say that the friend activity stream was working incorrectly; it has removed the feature.). See the right-hand side of the below screenshot, in which the app falsely claims that friends have recently bought currency. (None of those friends have even installed the app.)

La sfida delle città is an Italian-language geography test / game. It’s followed up by, which is just showing a count of how many Facebook users are logging into ABC’s website with Facebook Connect. Such “apps” are becoming more common in our rankings; at number 13, for example, The Smurfs’ Village simply lists Facebook logins to a Capcom mobile game, and at 18 MySpace shows the recent Facebook integration to its competitor.

The really interesting apps on the list are the games, starting with Epic Fighters, a new text RPG from Digital Chocolate and moving down through some pretty good titles like Happy Hospital and Mighty Pirates. We’ll discuss all of those in more depth this morning over at Inside Social Games.