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Sheryl Sandberg: Facebook's Home App Needs Some Work

Soulskill posted about a year ago | from the know-anyone-who-could-manage-that? dept.

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Nerval's Lobster writes "Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg told an audience at AllThingsDigital's D11 conference that the social network's 'Home' app for Android has a viable future despite needing some work. 'I think it will be a long road,' she told the audience. 'We believe that the phone will get reorganized around people—Home is the first iteration of that.' But Home could require a good deal of tweaking, at least if user feedback is any sort of indication. After installing the Home app, the Android user's screen displays a modified version of the Facebook news feed, with an emphasis on images; other features include 'Chat Heads,' a messaging interface that sprinkles the screen with little icons of friends' heads. While that's a great way to get Facebook front-and-center on someone's phone, the software's one-star reviews on the Google Play storefront greatly outnumber the four- and five-star reviews."

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34 comments

Facebook Apps (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43854807)

With the amount of permissions needed on Android, I'm shocked that people actually use them :(

Re:Facebook Apps (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43854883)

If only we could make obesity much MUCH more painful. It would be a better world!

slashdot fail (1)

noh8rz10 (2716597) | about a year ago | (#43855899)

wtf the second link in the summary points to the summary itself? that doesn't even make sense.

Re:slashdot fail (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43856455)

It actually does if you make money from your web site . A summary that points to another /, section, "Business Intelligence", provides another chance for a fresh set of ads and beacons. To paraphrase: If we're not paying for Slashdot, we are the product...

Widgets are better than a home screen replacement (2)

bit trollent (824666) | about a year ago | (#43854831)

Facebook is trying to grab as much power as possible, as usual.

Instead of releasing slick widgets which would leverage android while not taking over, Facebook decided to replace the home screen. This may give them more control, but I can't think of a faster way to ruin an android phone, and apparently other people agree.

This ongoing disaster is exactly what Facebook deserves. Not for it's ham-handed grab at the Android home screen, but for making your profile "like" advertisements in your friends' newsfeeds that you never "liked" without your knowledge.

Don't ever like anything on facebook, or your friends' newsfeed will be spammed by advertisements falsely linked to you. You have been warned.

Re:Widgets are better than a home screen replaceme (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43854889)

Which you can disable in the settings.

Re:Widgets are better than a home screen replaceme (2)

jrumney (197329) | about a year ago | (#43856055)

Why is "Lying to your friends to sell stuff" an option in the settings? And why is it checked by default? Doesn't it fall foul of some "truth in advertising" laws at least somewhere in the world?

Re:Widgets are better than a home screen replaceme (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43869285)

Truth in advertising??? Did you actually mean to say that?

Re:Widgets are better than a home screen replaceme (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43854911)

but for making your profile "like" advertisements in your friends' newsfeeds that you never "liked" without your knowledge

So if you never liked it without your knowledge, that means you did like it with your knowledge. I don't see the problem here.

Don't ever like anything on facebook, or your friends' newsfeed will be spammed by advertisements falsely linked to you. You have been warned.

Those of us who aren't addicted to Facebook and never have used it derive great amusement from such warnings. You mean well but you are wasting your time. Corporate power grabs are just like political power grabs - do them slowly enough and incrementally enough and the dumb masses will be too occupied by some shiny, some frivolous thing to notice.

Re:Widgets are better than a home screen replaceme (1)

stephanruby (542433) | about a year ago | (#43856643)

You seem to be contradicting yourself. If Facebook is really doing what you describe:

...for making your profile "like" advertisements in your friends' newsfeeds that you never "liked" without your knowledge.

Then not liking anything on Facebook shouldn't protect you at all.

Don't ever like anything on facebook, or your friends' newsfeed will be spammed by advertisements falsely linked to you.

Re:Widgets are better than a home screen replaceme (1)

bit trollent (824666) | about a year ago | (#43857653)

You like a company, but then they make posts where you like particular advertisements you know nothing about.

Poor Performance (3, Interesting)

Nerdfest (867930) | about a year ago | (#43854909)

The FaceBook Android app is part of what made me finally leave FaceBook. They quite obviously treat Android as a second class citizen. The performance sucks, the permissions suck, the memory usage sucks and the interface sucks. I should thanks them for being such *wonderful* developers.

Re:Poor Performance (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43858061)

I think all the iPhone developers that made the Android app will be rejoiced by your flattering words.
I heard they finally got a real Android phone to evaluate their app.

Re:Poor Performance (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43869269)

Pfffft! Obviously, you've never seen the BlackBerry app.

Sounds like Facebook is taking their ball (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43854945)

and going home.

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

News feed. (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43855295)

Gee, among people I have heard discuss FB, from people who love it to people who grudgingly use it, the "News Feed" or what have you never comes up as well-liked feature. In fact, for all of these social media baubles, the "feed" is almost always problematic. These feeds are the #1 reminder of everything that sucks about "social networking", and an obstacle to maintaining a useful social media presence and not having your time wasted.

Of course, if people only use FB in ways that are actually useful, they won't see the things that make FB money -- the ads. Sponsored content is why Home is about the "news feed".

Well, FB, you can't do right doing wrong. People don't want to see your ads by default. Of course, you could create an interface where people who want to look at lazer targeted ads. You could charge a subscription and do quite well with an ad-free interface. But the mostest money is to be had by selling zillions of garbage impressions to wannabe hucksters. Thus you will be forever fighting an uphill battle to waste people's times with content they don't want.

shi7!! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43855307)

and other party all parties it's which don't use the NEARLY TWO YEARS Let's kkep to those uber-asshole NetBSD posts on exactly what you've poor dead last God, let's fucking

Captain Obvious to the rescue! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43855493)

Also: The understatement of the decade!

The whole society that accepts something like Facebook needs "some work". Many many many *fucking* decades of work! [youtube.com]

1 star thread (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43856021)

The /. user feed back on this thread is a definate indication that the 1star fb home app just does even rate high enough for anyone to be inspired enough to actually post their thoughts on it; good, bad or terrible. Maybe someone should email Sheryl a link to this thread with the subject: Your software really is this bad.

In Other News (1)

Zaelath (2588189) | about a year ago | (#43856583)

Area Man says, "This turd needs some polishing."

Sheryl who? (1)

taj (32429) | about a year ago | (#43856717)

Do we have a track record on this one?

Re:Sheryl who? (1)

taj (32429) | about a year ago | (#43856819)

OK. I read the wikipedia article on her. She has done some nice stuff representing women in business. But that's about as close as her background gets to geeks. From what I can see she's crunching customers and a path to a win in a sad virtual game I deleted years ago.

Re:Sheryl who? (1)

PrimeNumber (136578) | about a year ago | (#43856999)

She wrote the idiotic self-contradictory book [slate.com] called Lean In which is the woman business advice book du jour. It is obvious she has connections to get herself trumpeted all over MSM for this farce on pulp. Simply assign this book (and her) the same importance any sane person does to anyone spewing the latest business advice targeted at a female audience. None - because ultimately it will be completely forgotten and irrelevant in six months time.

Under Statement Of The Year (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43856841)

"[Needs] work."

Holly Bazillion Butt Dollars Batman, I would say it 'Needs A Miracle.'

LOL

The work FB Home needs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43857119)

echo Y | del C:\FB_Home_Source_Code\*.*

Re:The work FB Home needs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43857713)

Wtf? Bro, do you even code?

At the Conference.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43857789)

" 'I think it will be a long road,' she told the audience. "

And the audience yelled at the Back Of their minds:
"long Road..? *sigh* For dustbin?!

A Repetitive Theme (1)

Tenebrousedge (1226584) | about a year ago | (#43857801)

What's that? Facebook produces bad software? Say it ain't so.

This story should be titled, "Facebook's Mobile Team Continues to Suck". These guys [sencha.com] were able to put together a half-decent Facebook app, for the noble purpose of demonstrating that Zuckerberg is completely ignorant of technology.

I tried the Facebook Home app... (1)

supremebob (574732) | about a year ago | (#43858445)

And disabled it a few minutes later. Facebook's Home application seems to operate under the impression that the primary use of my smartphone is to visit their site, as it makes everything else that the phone can do more time consuming to reach. Funny me... I thought that I bought my smartphone to check e-mails and answer phone calls. What a novel idea :)

other features include 'Chat Heads' (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43858757)

I know that I do not want to find out what 'Chat Heads' are. If Facebook is targeting their this-is-not-an-app at the kind of people who think 'Chat Heads' is a good idea, they've already lost.

Yes, please work hard to get it to the trashbin (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43858975)

It is a total piece of garbage app. Facebook is a garbage company, with garbage products, the only gleaming golden needle in the haystack is YOUR data, which they sell to everyone whether you like it or not.

When are people going to wake up and DUMP facebook.

Facebook / Windows 8 / Nokia (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43858981)

Facebook needs to get in the strategy room with the Windows 8 and Nokia team. They really are in that same "winner's circle" and deserve a seat at the table.

Yes it does.. (1)

slash.jit (2893213) | about a year ago | (#43860423)

She is right.. it does need some final work to be bury in a grave.

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