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Friday Podcast: Facebook Application Development With Leonard Lin

leonard linLeonard Lin is one of 3 co-founders of Tyler Projects, a Singapore-based software developer which focuses on social networking applications.

Their Battlestations application on the Facebook platform (and recently Friendster social network) is one of the most engaging and popular applications, incorporating flash animation and immersive gameplay. Besides featuring multiplayer features including player-versus-player gameplay, it also includes clan warfare and boasts an active Facebook forum.


I invited Leonard on the Friday Podcast and we discussed:

  • How to develop a winning concept for your Facebook application
  • Development strategies, especially going down the FBML (Facebook markup language) route versus developing in an iFrame environment
  • Monetization options for Facebook developers
  • Developing an active in-game economy, offering premium in-game items and growth strategies

Check out the Friday Podcast below:

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Is Facebook The New Phantom Menace?

There was some buzz last week as the managing partner of Facebook application developer Tyler Projects, Leonard Lin, had his Facebook account suspended.

In a post on Facebook, Leonard reproduced the suspension notice:

Hi Leonard,

As you may know, one of your posts in a Facebook group was removed because it was considered to be an advertisement or spam (specifically, an advertisement for an external application). Content that promotes a product, service, or group is always removed from the site. Your account was suspended for these reasons.

However, after a review of your situation, we have decided to allow you a second chance on the site and have since reactivated your account. In order to prevent this from happening in the future, please refrain from posting any such material and remove all outstanding content that violates our Terms of Use. For more information on conduct prohibited by Facebook, please read our Terms of Use, which can be accessed through the “terms” link at the bottom of any Facebook page.

Thanks for your understanding,

User Operations

This doubtless caused on uproar on Tyler’s facebook application BattleStations where Leonard is active in game development and on the discussion boards (as well as being the public face of BattleStations).

His “infraction”?

Posting a link (accompanying a movie review) to a trailer for “Wanted” on a discussion board.

Apparently, Facebook is getting pretty serious with it’s ‘walled garden’ concept – that you should do all your stuff within the Facebook.com domain.

If you haven’t had a chance to look at the Facebook “terms of service” that Brett was refering to, click on the “Terms” link at the bottom of each Facebook page.

A number of the terms look pretty nefarious. (more…)

Friday Podcast: Facebook Application Monetization – A View From The Inside…

facebook developers garageThis past Wednesday I joined a number of Facebook Application developers and sponsors on a “Marketing and Monetization of Facebook Applications: Hype or Goldmine?” at the second Singapore Facebook Developers Garage organized by the Entrepreneur 27 Singapore and Singapore PHP users group.

The panelists included:

  • Bernard Leong (Thymos Capital partner, and session moderator)
  • Leonard Lin (TYLER Projects managing partner – developer of Facebook application BattleStations!)
  • Kien Lee (Senatus founder – an investment holding company which owns more than 100 Facebook applications)
  • and myself (through my work on the $uperRewards monetization system for Facebook applications)

facebook application monetization panel

Facebook Application Monetization Panel: Leonard Lin, myself, Bernard Leong, Kien Lee

I had my MP3 recorder capture most of our panel discussion and you can access the recording below.

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