iPad & the Facebook App Kerfuffle

15 thoughts on “iPad & the Facebook App Kerfuffle”

  1. Om, yeah what gives with fb? I think it’s a major misstep for them as the web version on iPad could use some optimization IMHO. Just compare GigaOM to fb and you’ll see what I mean – it’s like it’s not sized right or something. Also I just tried to upload a screenshot from my iPad via the web and guess what? You can’t. So had to go into the native iPhone app which looks like crap @2x. I know Joe isn’t happy with Apple but I mean come on…. The iDevices are a major user access point to fb more so everyday as time goes on.

    1. The download stats Om cited would seem to contradict that view, but keep telling yourself that if it makes you feel better. Personally, my guess is that Facebook decided that with this much available screen real estate, the website would be more than sufficient for iPad users; I don’t really use Facebook, so I don’t have an opinion on that one way or another.

      1. Unfortunately the iPad’s browser and Facebook don’t play well together. Many pop-ups are broken (particularly the See All Friends where no scroll bar appears and sliding slides the page not the contents of the pop-up) and the chat widget doesn’t stay anchored to the bottom of the window. In the end it is mostly usable for basic stuff but still has a way to go (and this is certainly a Safari issue instead of Facebook’s) particularly to match the excellent GMail/Buzz web interface on the iPad.

  2. Something that became clear to me yesterday while I was using the iPad is that it brings the browser back into the picture. Big screen, big keys, much less use for a streamlined “mobile” experience. A lot of my iPhone apps are simply not necessary when I can just use the website like I do on my laptop.

    1. I agree, except for the push notifications (and in the case of Facebook, the syncing of fb photos to your contacts database).

      There are some tools out there to make an offline web app into a “native” MacOS/iPhone/iPad app. Might be the best way for Facebook going forward. Then the app and mobile website would be in sync.

  3. Facebook Ultimate is a very badly designed application. It is missing all sorts of features and isn’t at all intuitive to use. I’ve resorted to the full Safari version on the iPad or, the iPhone version enlarged 2x which works fine. The problem with that version is that you cannot share a post as you can on the fukll web version.

  4. I think the FB web page works great in iPad safari! So great that I think gobs of people are going to think of the iPad as a FB appliance. Really, once chat is fixed – why use anything else?

  5. Facebook has complained to apple and got the facebook ultimate app taken off of the app store, citing ‘violation of Facebook Platform policies around trademark infringement and affiliation’ ! Basically you can’t use the term ‘facebook’ in an apps name unless you are facebook.

    We have a facebook app out called ‘A FB Photo Sharer’, which allows users to post photos from their iphone/ipod/ipad to their facebook wall.

    Facebook created an interface (API) to allow developers like us to create useful apps to integrate with facebook, we’d like the freedom to be able to name the app in a way that describes its function!

    Why supply the API if they don’t want anyone to use it?

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