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10 must-have Facebook apps and add-ons

Are you a Facebook user and a music- or movie-buff? Can't wait for an official "Dislike" button? Or always looking to identify connections who've "unfriended" you? If so, download these 10 must-have Facebook apps and add-ons

  • Add Facebook Symbols



    Feeling particularly emo? Whimsical? Artsy? FacebookSymbols.com has everything you could possibly want to copy and paste to a status update or friend's wall. Browse their array of symbols, smileys, emoticons, wall art and more. Use them sparsely, though, or you risk being unfriended.
  • Edit photos in Facebook



    Before you upload last week's vacation photos, check out the Facebook Picnik app, a comprehensive photo editor. Among its many features are the standard ones—cropping, resizing, adjusting exposure and colour, sharpening, eliminating red-eye—as well as 'effect' tools, fonts and stamps.
  • Unfriend Finder



    Ever wonder if you've been dropped by a Facebook friend? With the Unfriend Finder script, every time you log in, the tool checks to see if someone is missing from your friend list. When the script detects someone is no longer your friend, you receive a notification telling you whether you removed them or they removed you, whether they're still on Facebook or if they deactivated their account.
  • 3D Status Analyzer



    How positive or negative are your Facebook status updates? Which words do you use most often? This app gives you a peek into your Facebook musings by analysing your posts and organising the most frequently used words into a rotating globe that you can navigate with your cursor.
  • Type Upside Down



    Keep your Facebook status updates interesting by posting them upside down. Visit TypeUpsideDown.com, type the text of your status update and below, the inverted text will appear in a box. Copy and paste this into your Facebook status box. Note that this also works with Twitter, YouTube, Gchat and other messaging services.
  • Sync your address book



    AddressBookSync helps to get your contacts organised. This Mac OS X application transfers Facebook profile pictures and birthday information to your Mac OS X Address book and iCal (there's one for Outlook users, too). If your mobile phone supports synchronisation with Address Book, when a contact calls, the person's picture will appear. Similarly, contacts' birthdays will synch with your iCal, keeping you updated when you're not logged in to Facebook, too.
  • Flixster



    If you're a movie buff, the Flixster app is a must-have. Discuss movies you've seen with your Facebook friends, keep up-to-date on new releases in theaters and on DVD, and rate the movies you've already seen. Flixster also lets you build a list of movies you want to see so you can coordinate to watch them with other friends. You can also use the app to take movie trivia quizzes, then challenge your friends to beat your score.
  • Add a "Dislike" Button



    While Facebook hasn't officially added the much-desired "Dislike" button, you can add one now to your own status updates with this app. Magic Updates lets you customise an action button — such as "Dislike," "Hate" or "Love" — and adds it to your status update once you click "Share."
  • Music by iLike



    With the Music by iLike app, music lovers can add music, create and share playlists, discover new music and browse charts. Music by iLike also lets you list concerts you've attended and browse concerts based on location or day — and connect with others who are also attending.
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