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Facebook adds new features to drive game discovery, engagement
Facebook has implemented several features meant to drive discovery and engagement for its social games, including a condensed list of games users' friends have played recently that appears on News Feeds.
"These stories are designed to bring new users and significant re-engagement to games by encouraging users to discover games their friends are playing," explains Facebook's business development director Matt Wyndowe. "We will continue to refine the design of these stories based on performance." Another update the company has introduced involves offering users the option to have their favorite titles, achievements, and other game-related items displayed on their personal Timelines. Facebook says this feature allows for "quick re-engagement for the user and discovery among friends." The social network is also testing a new link to outstanding requests for games and apps, which reappears on the upper right corner of its home page. The link is meant to "increase the visibility of outstanding requests and is designed to drive more traffic to games and apps." As it finds new ways for users to discover games, the company says one of its features, the live ticker that appears alongside games and apps, has "not been a substantial driver of traffic." It's now experimenting with removing the current version of the ticker. Facebook will discontinue App Profile Pages starting tomorrow, too.