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Facebook For The iPhone…STINKS

March 23, 2010 by  

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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18 Responses to “Facebook For The iPhone…STINKS”

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  2. Mark Johnson on March 24th, 2010 11:42 am

    We make an iPhone app for facebook too, and we ain’t facebook. ‘Focus for Facebook’. We get people praising us that our app is faster than the official facebook app, and we occasionally get people complaining that its slow. I figure a lot depends on whats going on with your account in facebook’s servers? Give Focus for Facebook a try and let us know if its faster or slower for you.

    http://itunes.apple.com/app/focus-for-facebook/id333385025?mt=8

  3. Ryan Ray on March 29th, 2010 2:17 am

    Thanks for the comment Mark, I’ll be checking out your app this week! I’ll let you know how it goes. Have a good one!

  4. Danny on August 27th, 2010 10:18 pm

    So ,is facebook focus better than the official fb app? The official one really sucks…

  5. Ryan Ray on September 7th, 2010 5:47 pm

    I’ve never used Facebook Focus, I do have to say though they’ve done a lot of hard work on making the app better and it shows in the newest versions. No annoyances from me in the current app.

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  7. Truthsmiles on February 16th, 2011 2:14 pm

    The facebook app still sucks – the biggest problems are that I’ll get a notification that someone had tagged me or something like that, I go to open the picture and I see “Error”. Or, as just happened moments ago, I get a notification that someone commented on my status, and when I look at it, the comment is simply not there! The notification is there, but the comment is not! I also agree that the link posting should work better, but let’s get the basics down first. By the way, I’m not really that picky. I will tolerate a fair amount of crashing and bugs, but a mature app like this really ought to just work.

    By the way, all of my other apps work just fine, and if I use facebook on my computer that works fine as well. To boot, if I open the facebook.com page in my safari browser on my iPhone, that works too. So it is definitely, definitely without a doubt the app for me.

  8. Doug on June 4th, 2011 11:54 pm

    Facebook app SUCK!
    I hate it so much!
    You think Facebook being so massive, a leader needs to have something more powerful then what it had now.
    I never log on Facebook on my computer, I only look at Facebook on my iPhone, but it so painful to used and so inferior looking I only look at it every now and then.
    Facebook GET WITH IT!

  9. Linda Leslie on July 31st, 2011 3:38 pm

    none of the Facebook apps are worth a shit. ot even the one someone posted here. they crash freeze or in the case of friendly for iPad, the share photo button when you on a specific group and want to share photo, well it just disappeared, so theres no way to share a photo on a specific group, just on your wall. I wish someone would make an app that works

  10. Linda Leslie on July 31st, 2011 3:40 pm

    and facebook focus crashes and is useless and the ulitmate facebook app, crashes

  11. Rolfen on January 5th, 2012 2:49 pm

    I have the newer version. It looks better but when uploading a photo it seems to upload the original photo without resizing, which takes ages. And you still can’t upload multiple photos to an album. And the single photo upload did not even work, for some reason. Seriously.

  12. William Ross on January 16th, 2012 3:48 pm

    #firstworldproblems

  13. Ann Belcher on August 27th, 2012 11:23 am

    Wish I had not upgraded the app for facebook on my iPhone 4.. Can’t save photo’s to album..can’t turn side ways to read .

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