Turns out all those useless Facebook applications aren’t so useless after all. But just to be sure there’s no confusion, the people who play the Facebook apps are still useless. Participating in the various applications in the social networking website Facebook had had its benefits to the ailing United States economy. According to the latest study, applications in Facebook like Zynga, maker of the widely popular Farmville has contributed some 182,000 jobs in the US economy. Based on the data gathered from reports, the application makers of Facebook created 53,000 direct jobs to the unemployed and another129,000 works given indirectly to the job-seekers.
The study was conducted by a University of Maryland business professor in partnership with Facebook itself. FarmVille is a farming simulation social network game developed by Zynga in 2009. As of September 2011, FarmVille is the third most popular Facebook game, behind CityVille and The Sims Social. Facebook was launched as a social networking website on February 2004.
As of July 2011, Facebook has more than 750 million active users around the world. Facebook users must register before using the site. Facebook allows any users who declare themselves to be at least 13 years old to become registered users of the website.