Top Friends Expands to the iPhone with Facebook Connect

topfriendsThis morning, Slide launched Top Friends, which has about 12 million active users on Facebook, on the iPhone. Ranked #12 on today’s AppData Application Leaderboard, Top Friends allows users to showcase their top friends and interact with them by sending them awards, drinks, and other kinds of fun virtual gifts. Users can also customize their Top Friends profiles with skins and moods.

Top Friends has always been one of the most popular applications on the Facebook Platform, and the new iPhone version seeks to create a seamless experience between Facebook and iPhone through Facebook Connect. Here’s a quick look at some interesting features:

1. The app takes advantage of the iPhone’s geo-location capabilities to let users see which Facebook friends are nearby in real-time. Here’s an example of how Top Friends might look in San Francisco:

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2. Syncing with the iPhone address book lets you call, email, text message, and SuperPoke! your contacts easily. Here’s an album cover flow view with different contact options.

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3. Browse your friends’ status updates and update your own. If you’re signed into Facebook Connect, you can publish your updates and/or SuperPoke! actions on your Wall and the News Feed.

“Our real-time, social mapping feature is a compelling way to stay connected. You can keep up with your Top Friends and share locations instantly,” said Slide VP strategy and business development Keith Rabois.

Top Friends is another example of Facebook Connect bridging the mobile and Web platforms, and it makes sense. Applications that can offer their users a mobile experience – while still staying connected to the Web through tools like Facebook Connect – will find usage and engagement stats going up.

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