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Hey, How'd You Develop a Killer App For Facebook, Tim O'Shaughnessy?

This social networking entrepreneur kick-started a vivacious Facebook app movement

By Jennifer Pullinger - September 22, 2009
What are your top five favorite albums, movies, or books of all-time? What about your top five favorite beers, things to have when zombies attack, or destructive world leaders?

Tim O'Shaughnessy, CEO and co-founder of, has watched as his "Pick Your Five" application exploded in users on Facebook over the past several weeks. Since March,'s "Pick Your Five" feature has gone viral millions of times over, attracting up to 150,000 new users per hour and more than 6 million new users in its first week launch alone. The application allows you to pick any of your top five likes or dislikes and share them with your friends. Currently, the application has more than 17,700,000 monthly active users on Facebook.

O'Shaughnessy co-founded, a "social discovery and cataloging network," with Val Aleksenko, Aaron Batalion, and Eddie Frederick in 2007. Before creating, he ran the product group at Revolution Health and worked at AOL in product development. He is a graduate of Georgetown University, and has been in Washington, D.C. ever since helping build consumer Web products....

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