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FarmVille no longer king of the Facebook hill

After spending more than a year as the No. 1 Facebook application, "FarmVille" has been knocked from its perch.

And just like that, the world as we know it has come to an end.

An app called "Phrases" has taken down the farming simulation game that has charmed millions and annoyed bajillions while managing to hold its top spot for a whopping 15 months.

The top app chart is based on the number of monthly active user an application has. "FarmVille," created by gaming juggernaut Zynga, reached a peak of 84 million monthly active users earlier this year, according to Gamasutra.com.

Created by a relatively unknown company called Takeoff Monkey, "Phrases" lets Facebook users post quizzes, sayings and images on their newsfeed. The app is currently sitting pretty on top with 54,387,850 monthly active users. Meanwhile, "FarmVille" has been nudged to the No. 2 spot with a mere 53,939,978 monthly active users.

"FarmVille" has been losing user numbers ever since Facebook changed its notification policy earlier this year in an attempt to reduce anger from the many non-"FarmVille" playing users infuriated by the constant game progress notification posted by their friends.

But it's not like Zynga is hurting or anything. The company still boasts four of the top five Facebook apps – "FarmVille," "Texas HoldEm Poker," "FrontierVille" and "Mafia Wars."

And Facebook users should brace themselves for another Zynga chart climber. The company will be launching a new Facebook game called "CityVille," which will start with a public beta in the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, "Phrases" isn't expect to hold its position long. According to Gamasutra, Takeoff Monkey recently disabled the app for U.S. users without offering any explanation, which has caused the app's user count to drop fast.

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Winda Benedetti writes the Citizen Gamer column for msnbc.com. You can follow her tweets about games and other things right here on Twitter.