More sharing comes to Facebook with new apps

Jan 19, 2012 By BARBARA ORTUTAY , AP Technology Writer

Facebook is adding a bevy of new applications to let users share everything from photos of what they cooked for dinner, to details on what they are wearing, to what concert they scored tickets to.

The world's largest online social network unveiled more than 60 new apps Wednesday that let users share the tiniest details of their lives on their Facebook , now known as their Timeline.

Facebook users can already share the music they are listening to through apps such as Spotify, or the articles they are reading through News and other services. Wednesday's announcement expands the number of available apps to cover a range of topics including food, fashion, travel and reading.

Facebook is calling it "frictionless sharing." It means once you sign up for the apps, they will automatically share your activity through Facebook. That said, users will be able to limit who can see this activity when they sign up for the apps, just as they can limit what friends or groups of friends can see their other Facebook updates.

The latest apps include Ticketmaster, reviews site Rotten Tomatoes and Pinterest, which bills itself as an "virtual pinboard" that lets people collect things they find around the Web. expects developers to create thousands more in the coming weeks and months.

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