Facebook's expanded FbStart program gets app community excited

When Facebook opens up to mentor developers, it doesn't take long for its friends to come running. 

Just a few weeks after announcing its own version of an accelerator at its f8 developer conference, Facebook said it would open up FbStart more widely to the app community at large. The company said any developer with an app that's been launched for 30 days or more will be eligible.

The early reaction from developers on Twitter suggests that FbStart will have international appeal: 

Meanwhile, the FbStart program may be even more helpful to third-party firms in the app development space as it is for Facebook itself. 

Even those outside the "official partners" were quick to offer support for those taking part in FbStart: 

Still, Facebook still may have some work ahead to convince more app developers that FbStart will give them the leg up they need.

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