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And here I was thinking I was using Facebook’s Camera• app. Apparently I have been using Snap this whole time.

And here I was thinking I was using Facebook’s Camera• app. Apparently I have been using Snap this whole time.

Link Facebook's Incoming Fully Native iOS App


Nick Bilton:

One of the Facebook engineers said the new application has been built primarily using Objective-C, the programming language used to build applications for iOS. Many of the components of the current version of the Facebook app are built using HTML5, a Web-based programming language.

The current version of the app is essentially an Objective-C shell with a Web browser inside. When it comes to speed, this is like putting the engine of a Smart Car in the body of a Ferrari.

I hear the new version is out there in the wild being tested right now. And as Bilton says, I hear it’s very quick.

To get a better sense of it, one might look to the Messenger and Camera apps that Facebook has put out there. Also notice that their icons are slightly different from the main Facebook app icon. Change is in the air. 

Given how painfully slow the existing app is for just about anything, any speed increase is going to be greatly appreciated.

Facebook email

BBC Reports

When was the last time anybody was happy about a change Facebook made?

When has that lack of happiness ever actually caused the world to explode?

When has that lack of happiness ever actually affected Facebook at large?

Why is this always such a BFD?

Why are there titles like “interactive marketing analyst” and why does it matter to the public or the investment community what they think over the opinions of, you know, real industry people?

1) This isn’t new. The Facebook email stuff has been around for a while now. That some people ignored it and were blindsided by this isn’t news. People have been stupid for a long time now, and as long as we have a Republican majority and an inept Democratic party, not much is going to get done to change that.

2) This is nothing like Buzz, it more closely resembles the more recent kerfuffle with Google+’s integration into the search engine. Anthony Mullen is a dumbass, unless he was misquoted, but given his title and where he works, I’m sure he’s earned a Dumbass title or two anyway.

3) Nobody is locking you into anything. WTFH is wrong with people? Unless you’re a moron, the only people who can see your email, either the Facebook or your real one, are people you defined as having permissions based on your privacy settings. If you are a moron, congratulations, Facebook just saved you by presenting a sanitized email address to the world at large.

4) Facebook doesn’t have to ask you for permission. Perhaps you should go read the Terms of Service again. While you are at it, go double check that your most recent payment to Facebook went through. Oh, right, its a free fucking service. You agreed to provide Facebook with your data. They agreed to let you share pictures of your cat and updates on your latest bowel movement with whatever circle of friends you can manage to scratch up. The method by which they uphold their end of the bargin is completely up to them. If you don’t like, go start your own clone. Ask Google for information on how to do that. I hear if they try one more time they get a set of steak knives.

5) Facebook really sucks at marketing this stuff. They need to take a leaf out of Apple’s page and hold “Events”. Make a big stink about them. Announce the new “features” with pizazz. Don’t make excuses, don’t try to justify the changes, just stand up and say “We’re doing this, here is why we think its a good idea, and the NMDs/tech media at large can go rot slowly in hell for being a bunch of link-baiting, ad-driven assholes posing as real journalists.” They can leave out the last bit, but I highly recommend leaving it in.

Link It's Unnatural


Sarah Lacy talking about Google+ on PandoDaily:

We simply don’t need another social network, no matter how great your circles are or how badly Larry Page wants to have one. 

Agreed. The problem, which Google really, truly does not seem to understand is that at the end of the day, they’re solving a problem which has already been solved. They may think it hasn’t, but it has.

It’s the same problem Bing faces in search against Google. It’s a fine product, but in order to get people to use it, it has to be far better than the incumbent. Bing isn’t, so it will never beat Google (despite Google’s best efforts to back that thang up). Google+ isn’t, so it will never beat Facebook (or Twitter, for that matter).

But Google is trying to cheat this system. By shoving Google+ in our faces, they think that they can make their product catch on without the need to be above and beyond better than the incumbent.

I think we’ll see that this approach still won’t work. Social networks like Facebook and Twitter work because they evolved based on how users were naturally using them. Google+ is trying to make the users evolve to fit into the network they created. It’s unnatural.