Facebook announed at the SXSW conference yesterday that the number of apps for its Facebook Timeline has grown to nearly 3,000 since making its Open Graph application platform available two months ago.

These new applications let users share a variety of actions with their Facebook friends, such as what they're reading or what they're watching.

Facebook claimed that businesses that have launched a Timeline app are seeing an increase in engagement and growth.

Pinterest, an up-and-coming social network, has increased the number of Facebook users visiting its site by more than 60%. Goodreads, a site that helps people discover and share books, and Pose, a fashion and beauty app, have both also seen significant upticks in referral traffic. The number of daily active users at Goodreads has increased 77% and Pose has seen a 500% increase in daily signups for their mobile app and website.

In addition to the news about some of its most successful Timeline apps, Facebook also announced the release of eight new ones launching this week at SXSW. These include the following:

Foursquare

Users can now add their Foursquare check-ins to their Timelines and maps, share their badges and see the top places they've checked into.

Nike

As of last week, people can use the Nike FuelBand iPhone app to find friends and see a leader board of how much "fuel" they've earned versus their friends. Facebook says Nike will make achievements and milestones available for users to post directly to their Timeline.

VEVO

Video site Vevo introduced integration that lets users sign into Vevo.com with their Facebook account, get personalised video playlists based on the artists they've "liked," discover new music through friends and post music from VEVO to their Timeline.

Fandango

The new Fandango Timeline app lets users add the clips they watch, the movies they rate and the films they want to see.

Viddy

Viddy, a mobile app for creating quick videos and adding filters, announced its new Timeline app, too. With it, people can add clips to their Timelines as they shoot them.

Endomondo

Endomondo, a fitness site, added a Timeline app so people can share their workouts, progress and favourite routes with friends.

RootMusic

RootMusic's Timeline app lets people mark their favourite songs and artists and the concerts they plan on attending from the Facebook Pages of bands. As users click "favourite," "going to go" and "wants to go," their picks will be added to their Timeline.

To browse the complete list of available Timeline apps, and to search by category, visit Facebook's Apps Directory.