Facebook has announced that it will now accept fake apps tester accounts. No, it’s really not as bad as it sounds. It’s actually a good thing if you are an apps developer or you have an apps developer working for you.
Test users are actually accounts set up for the specific purpose of testing Facebook apps. When you are done testing your app, you can delete the accounts or use them to test other apps.
If you are looking for a practical application for this ability, how about this:
You develop a new Facebook app and you’re ready to give it a test run. So you hire 50 people to test your app and pay them $100 each to give you feedback on the app so that you can make improvements. Rather than ask those people to set up Facebook accounts, or to use their public Facebook accounts, you set up 50 test users so you can track their usage and maintain their anonymity while getting the feedback that you need for your app.
I’m sure that’s not the only practical application, but it makes sense. In a word, Facebook apps testing just got a whole lot easier. Isn’t that good news?