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2013-04-13 05:44:09 AM
I am not a major FB user, but do check in once a day or so.

The iOS app is just about unusable. It is slow, seems to come up with random posts, and loves to crash. I just wait until I am near my laptop.
 
2013-04-13 09:11:17 AM
Because it's facebook?
 
2013-04-13 09:17:55 AM
Facebook.

Small screen.

Where do I collect my check for the article?
 
2013-04-13 09:35:49 AM
Well, you can put lipstick on a pig....
 
2013-04-13 09:54:03 AM
Why does the Fark mobile app view still suck?
 
2013-04-13 10:14:50 AM
My two cents: They, and quite a few other companies for that matter, have far too much information involved for any cell phone processor to keep up with.  They also have the peculiar little problem, again like other companies, that their app doesn't do much more, if anything, than their mobile website does.  Which, in my opinion, makes the app pretty much pointless.
 
2013-04-13 10:20:16 AM
because you get what you pay for?
what do you expect for free?

/on the other hand, I am sure that they are paying tons of money to develop the app ....
 
2013-04-13 10:31:08 AM

FriarReb98: My two cents: They, and quite a few other companies for that matter, have far too much information involved for any cell phone processor to keep up with.  They also have the peculiar little problem, again like other companies, that their app doesn't do much more, if anything, than their mobile website does.  Which, in my opinion, makes the app pretty much pointless.


I'm surprised there hasn't been any third party devs make a better app. Reddit has this. Fark and Facebook might not let the crowd develop for them though, which could also be part of it.
 
2013-04-13 10:37:50 AM
Facebook for Android gets the job done, as far as I'm concerned.

It isn't great, it isn't awful. Saying it "sucks" is overstating the issue.
 
2013-04-13 10:53:10 AM
It's slower, but I just load Facebook on my internet app. Less irritation. Plus it's the only way I can play Avengers Alliance when I'm away from work
 
2013-04-13 10:54:11 AM
Because it was written by a bunch of unprofessional brogrammers whose office motto is "done is better than perfect"?
 
2013-04-13 11:16:30 AM

avalanche: brogrammers whose office motto is "done is better than perfect"?


I am stealing that
/Anyone used Facebook home yet?
 
2013-04-13 11:22:33 AM
People still use FB?
 
2013-04-13 12:09:32 PM

drjekel_mrhyde: avalanche: brogrammers whose office motto is "done is better than perfect"?

I am stealing that
/Anyone used Facebook home yet?


They really do have that on their office walls.
 
2013-04-13 12:10:01 PM
Why does the Facebook mobile app still suck?

FTFY.
 
2013-04-13 12:58:08 PM

FriarReb98: My two cents: They, and quite a few other companies for that matter, have far too much information involved for any cell phone processor to keep up with.  They also have the peculiar little problem, again like other companies, that their app doesn't do much more, if anything, than their mobile website does.  Which, in my opinion, makes the app pretty much pointless.


In my experience Facebook's mobile website actually works better than their app does.  And I don't have to download updates for it all the time.
 
2013-04-13 01:07:24 PM
Because you touch yourself at night.
 
2013-04-13 01:08:57 PM

Generation_D: FriarReb98: My two cents: They, and quite a few other companies for that matter, have far too much information involved for any cell phone processor to keep up with.  They also have the peculiar little problem, again like other companies, that their app doesn't do much more, if anything, than their mobile website does.  Which, in my opinion, makes the app pretty much pointless.

I'm surprised there hasn't been any third party devs make a better app. Reddit has this. Fark and Facebook might not let the crowd develop for them though, which could also be part of it.


I dunno, I love my Friendcaster app.
 
2013-04-13 01:14:12 PM
So, how many people has the author tricked into trying out the app yet?
 
2013-04-13 01:19:37 PM
Lately the app has gotten horrendously slow on the iPhone. Just refreshing takes like 35-45 secs.

I almost never check on the app anymore.
 
2013-04-13 01:26:09 PM
The authors blog sucks.
 
2013-04-13 01:26:37 PM
Why does the Facebook mobile app still suck?

FTFSubby.
 
2013-04-13 01:28:14 PM
I actually prefer Facebook mobile app to the full webpage for one reason only. The mobile app doesn't try to thread comments into a useless non-chronological jumble that I can't read or follow.
 
2013-04-13 01:28:46 PM

Donnchadha: Because it's facebook?


Donnchadha: Because it's facebook?

 
2013-04-13 01:29:21 PM

PreMortem: Why does the Fark mobile app view still suck?


THIS.
 
2013-04-13 01:30:24 PM
Facebook can't figure out how to make a standard webpage interface that doesn't suck. Why should anyone expect their mobile interface to be any better?
 
2013-04-13 01:31:56 PM

Generation_D: I'm surprised there hasn't been any third party devs make a better app.


They have.

http://www.1mobile.com/full-facebook-free-362666.html

It was pulled from the Google Play store for some reason...
 
2013-04-13 02:00:12 PM

avalanche: Because it was written by a bunch of unprofessional brogrammers whose office motto is "done is better than perfect"?


This. They are terrible software developers for mobile. Several major websites had a nice iPad optimized app available at launch, and most everyone who was anyone had really nice iPad apps within a matter if months. It took those idiots a year and a half to get one written. How does that happen?
 
2013-04-13 02:03:44 PM
And now to add insult to injury, they own Instagram, who can't be bothered to write an app for Windows Phone, a platform that has some of the best camera technology available on a mobile phone with the Lumia 920. W T F.
 
2013-04-13 02:16:04 PM
i.ytimg.com
 
2013-04-13 02:20:00 PM
avalanche:
drjekel_mrhyde: avalanche: brogrammers whose office motto is "done is better than perfect"?

I am stealing that
/Anyone used Facebook home yet?

They really do have that on their office walls.


Not a terrible motto, considering that no product is ever "perfect" and the consumer is fairly impatient with products that never become available.
 
2013-04-13 02:41:37 PM
Facebook on Droid is alright. Facebook Home is utterly useless if you use your phone for pretty much anything other than facebook. Even at that, it's annoying
 
2013-04-13 02:44:25 PM
5" screen can't properly display 500' of ego.
 
2013-04-13 03:03:51 PM
I just use m.facebook.com.  I just introduced my friend to it (she's a new smartphone user and hated the FB app) and she was amazed at how much more USABLE the mobile site is over the app.  The app is pointless and stupid on any phone platform.
 
2013-04-13 03:15:14 PM

zenferret: PreMortem: Why does the Fark mobile app view still suck?

THIS.


It works formats well for the nook.
posting is a pain, though.

/ posted from my nook
 
2013-04-13 03:22:56 PM
It's fine.
 
2013-04-13 03:28:37 PM
Actually, there is one thing I do like about the app: your friend's list appears in alphabetical order by last name. Why can't facebook do that on it's regular version?
 
2013-04-13 03:33:42 PM
The only advantage the app had over the website was the built-in code generator for two-factor authentication.

Of course, it's nothing special, just a standard OATH-compliant code generator. I made a backup of the iPod Touch, jailbroke it, snagged the OATH seed from the protected storage (only accessible for jailbroken devices), then restored the backup so it wasn't jailbroken anymore. The seed has since been added to the considerably less-sucky Google Authenticator for code generation.

Since then, I pretty much never use the Facebook app.
 
2013-04-13 03:41:22 PM
Their html5 app at x.facebook.com is alright, as far as phones go.

Their tablet apps suck balls, though.  The webOS version had a lot of neat stuff, but was never completed, and it's slightly confusing UI is a bit detrimental, but it should've become the basis for all the others.  Unfortunately, Facebook had other ideas, trash talking HTML5 app development, and going to much more native stuff, which they don't know how to do.
 
2013-04-13 03:56:41 PM

ekdikeo4: Their html5 app at x.facebook.com is alright, as far as phones go.

Their tablet apps suck balls, though.  The webOS version had a lot of neat stuff, but was never completed, and it's slightly confusing UI is a bit detrimental, but it should've become the basis for all the others.  Unfortunately, Facebook had other ideas, trash talking HTML5 app development, and going to much more native stuff, which they don't know how to do.


I've never gotten the need for "tablet apps" of web sites. Real web sites seem to work just fine of my Firefox on my tablets and is pretty much indistinguishable from a laptop. I did have to install an extention to force permanent desktop mode though since some sites seem intent on serving you mobile versions even if you go directly to the main non-mobile URL.
 
2013-04-13 04:06:40 PM

namatad: because you get what you pay for?
what do you expect for free?


With Facebook, you ARE the product. You are being sold. You should at least be able to expect a reliable way for them to whore you out.

Their phone app is garbage, I uninstalled it due to constant crashes and battery drain.
 
2013-04-13 04:15:37 PM
Writing stable software that operates in a "usually connected" environment obligates one to go down an absurdly deep rabbit-hole of corner cases.

Of COURSE the thing doesn't farking work.
 
2013-04-13 04:30:38 PM

SecretAgentWoman: Generation_D: FriarReb98: My two cents: They, and quite a few other companies for that matter, have far too much information involved for any cell phone processor to keep up with.  They also have the peculiar little problem, again like other companies, that their app doesn't do much more, if anything, than their mobile website does.  Which, in my opinion, makes the app pretty much pointless.

I'm surprised there hasn't been any third party devs make a better app. Reddit has this. Fark and Facebook might not let the crowd develop for them though, which could also be part of it.

I dunno, I love my Friendcaster app.


I enjoy the interface and stability of Friendcaster much more than Facebook.
The problem I have with Friendcaster is the newsfeed doesn't update correctly at all. If I got to Miss WDS's FB page through Friendcaster, it shows nothing but things she likes. No pics, status updates, etc.
 
2013-04-13 04:47:49 PM

bsharitt: ekdikeo4: Their html5 app at x.facebook.com is alright, as far as phones go.

Their tablet apps suck balls, though.  The webOS version had a lot of neat stuff, but was never completed, and it's slightly confusing UI is a bit detrimental, but it should've become the basis for all the others.  Unfortunately, Facebook had other ideas, trash talking HTML5 app development, and going to much more native stuff, which they don't know how to do.

I've never gotten the need for "tablet apps" of web sites. Real web sites seem to work just fine of my Firefox on my tablets and is pretty much indistinguishable from a laptop. I did have to install an extention to force permanent desktop mode though since some sites seem intent on serving you mobile versions even if you go directly to the main non-mobile URL.


For the most part, I'd say you're correct, but it is possible to build something that is better optimized for a touch screen environment.  Of course, you can also do that with your regular website, as well.
 
2013-04-13 04:48:21 PM

bsharitt: ekdikeo4: Their html5 app at x.facebook.com is alright, as far as phones go.

Their tablet apps suck balls, though.  The webOS version had a lot of neat stuff, but was never completed, and it's slightly confusing UI is a bit detrimental, but it should've become the basis for all the others.  Unfortunately, Facebook had other ideas, trash talking HTML5 app development, and going to much more native stuff, which they don't know how to do.

I've never gotten the need for "tablet apps" of web sites. Real web sites seem to work just fine of my Firefox on my tablets and is pretty much indistinguishable from a laptop. I did have to install an extention to force permanent desktop mode though since some sites seem intent on serving you mobile versions even if you go directly to the main non-mobile URL.


The big issues I see with desktop websites on a tablet is that often the mouse-sized click targets for links are too small to easily tap with your fingers without having to do a lot of zooming and panning around the site while touch apps are better sized for fingertips. Also, many sites are designed so that there is little "white space" where you can touch your finger to scroll without accidentally clicking a link, while the mobile apps do a lot better job of distinguishing swipes from taps. Also, many websites still use Flash, Silverlight, or Windows Media for their video content, and most tablets can't handle all the various formats, while tablet apps know to call the H.264 versions of the video content.
 
2013-04-13 04:48:22 PM

Mad_Radhu: And now to add insult to injury, they own Instagram, who can't be bothered to write an app for Windows Phone, a platform that has some of the best camera technology available on a mobile phone with the Lumia 920. W T F.


I don't understand why Microsoft won't build one using Istagrams API
 
2013-04-13 05:06:06 PM

drjekel_mrhyde: Mad_Radhu: And now to add insult to injury, they own Instagram, who can't be bothered to write an app for Windows Phone, a platform that has some of the best camera technology available on a mobile phone with the Lumia 920. W T F.

I don't understand why Microsoft won't build one using Istagrams API


There is an Instagraph app, but it doesn't have the full functionality of the first party app on Android/iOS, so they must be holding back on some of their APIs. Plus, Windows Phones uses already dealt with API wack-a-mole with the Pandora apps that would go back and forth between working as Pandora would constantly make changes on their end to try to break 3rd party apps, eve though they themselves didn't have a first party app.
 
2013-04-13 05:09:03 PM

Krieghund: Facebook for Android gets the job done, as far as I'm concerned.

It isn't great, it isn't awful. Saying it "sucks" is overstating the issue.


FB for Android is great. Fb for iOS, especially the ipad, is terribly lacking. There's a big reasom why there's so many Apple users are on Instagram instead of FB. It is just easier to deal with.
 
2013-04-13 05:09:55 PM

ArkAngel: It's slower, but I just load Facebook on my internet app. Less irritation. Plus it's the only way I can play Avengers Alliance when I'm away from work


I just go through my phone browser too. The Windows phone app (for the older Mango OS) is horrible.
 
2013-04-13 05:20:15 PM
FTFA: Apple does some basic testing of all App Store apps before they're greenlit for the iPad and iPhone

No they don't, they review them for compliance with App Store guidelines.  Author is an idiot.
 
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