Facebook For The iPhone…STINKS
March 23, 2010 by Ryan Ray
I need to rant a little bit, so read on and join in if you have similar experiences. If you’ve recently used the Facebook app for the iPhone I hope you can relate here when I say, IT SUCKS. Now that might seem harsh but hear me out.
Facebook has become to most trafficked website, passing Google. This is a huge deal. Facebook was one of the first, if not the first big website to develop a site just for the iPhone browser. It was slick, it didn’t offer everything the normal site offered. That was half of the beauty of it though. You could easily see the features that made Facebook hugely successful. That site still exists today, but there is something that’s supposed to be one step better. That’s the NATIVE Facebook iPhone app. Honestly that app is actually quite great, the thing is that it’s prone to crashing and at the very least sluggish performance.
My first problem is I’me experiencing dismal performance, anyone else out there like me? It may be that I should blame the massive amounts of data Facebook has instead of that app. On the other hand their website on my iMac works just fine…for the most part. There is just this oddity that comes up every once in awhile that makes the app freeze, or at least crawl at a turtles pace. Like I said I’m not sure if this is because there is too much data to push around or if the app’s coding is just poor. I hope that app is coded as best it can be, Facebook surely has enough funds to get some great developers in on their app. I know of smaller companies that produce much quicker and fresher apps.
Secondly, why can’t we watch video from Facebook on our iPhones yet? This feature has been lacking for quite a long time, this I’m sure isn’t dependent on the app but mostly on them serving videos formatted for the iPhone. If you could hurry that switch up that’d be a good thing!
Third and final complaint… This is a small annoyance, but it annoys me none the less. I want to know why when I post a link on my iPhone it doesn’t show up the same as if I posted from my desktop? For instance when posting a Flickr link from my iPhone I don’t get the cool thumbnail and description, just a blue link to the Flickr page… what gives! It’s the same for any picture link or video link. I don’t understand that one.
That’s all I want to rant about right now, I was once addicted to Facebook but it’s become only a nightly habit before I go to bed. That stems from me being pretty busy, but also the site just get’s more annoying to use as time goes on. Their poor iPhone app performance doesn’t help either! Let’s all hope Facebook pulls it together soon. Focus Facebook Focus!
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