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Facebook's app that takes over mobile phones has been met with a flurry of negative reviews, as people complain at just how much Facebook Zuck & Co. have put into their phones. The "Facebook Home" app became available to download on select Android devices on Friday, and at the time of writing had a rating of 2.4, with almost …

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I wonder...

...what they were expecting?

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Meh

Live in purgatory.......

God no,

A home screen that rolls inane, uninteresting, insignificant and boring updates from uninteresting boring insignificant self important peoples lives who live with this false belief that their egotistical self importantance is in anyway of interest to the rest of us.

This is what happens if you are bad and go to hell when you die......

Purgatory......

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Re: I wonder...

It's alright, he's from Barcelona!

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@ LarsG

"uninteresting boring insignificant self important people"... given we're talking about what you're seeing on your news feed, are you referring to you and your friends then?

Remember, you can be friends with whoever you choose, if you choose those people, then more fool you.

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Re: I wonder...

XKCD knows about star-rated reviews...

http://xkcd.com/937/

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Re: I wonder...

I can't imagine it does one's battery life much good, either.

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aren't the only people who can vote and comment on apps in the google play store g+ users? slightly biased perhaps?

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Re: Live in purgatory.......

An App for 13 yo girls, but no-one else...

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You mean you can't be both?

News to me.

In fact, I thought most were not so much G+ users, as "has a Google account, but never uses G+"-people.

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No, people with google+ accounts, that they give you automatically.

You don't have to be a google+ user, or have even looked at it once.

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Re: @ LarsG (@ AC 08:32 GMT)

"Remember, you can be friends with whoever you choose, if you choose those people, then more fool you."

From what I've seen in friends and acquaintances FBs, even if you only befriend interesting people, Nobel prices and porn actresses , 99.99% of their updates end up being junk, leaving you in a big stream of crap with only the very occasional pearl. The culture of being always 'in touch' that is inherent to FB seems to suck human brains dry in a short time.

My hope is that this 'always in touch' shit is only a temporary fashion.

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Re: I wonder...

Everyone with an android has a g+ account. Doesn't mean they use it as the Oompa Loompas intended.

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Re: Live in purgatory.......

Ben Elton wrote a book about what life must be like for those people, except it was made compulsory for everybody. Be afraid, be very afraid.

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Re: @ LarsG (@ AC 08:32 GMT)

'Stop hitting yourself'

Unless they know actual Nobel prize winners or porn actresses then what they are following are public feeds of public people. If you want interesting updates from real people:

A) only befriend people in reality who you actually want to be friends with.

B) only befriend people on Facebook who you are friends with in reality.

Most people seem to instinctively grasp the former, but a lot of people (like you and your friends) seem to struggle with the later. I don't eat food I hate, I don't sit and watch TV I don't like, I don't read Barbara Cartland so why would I follow the feeds of 'uninteresting, boring, self-important people' on Facebook/twitter and then complain about the content of the channel which I have crafted for myself.

Off to do something I want to do, and as far as possible, avoid doing things I don't.

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@Lars: Live in purgatory.......

Well, excuse the pedantry but apparently purgatory is a state granted only to those who die in grace. It is a temporary state but it cannot lead to hell.

In a way it may be what graceful souls experience temporarily before uninstalling and hence going to non-FB heaven. But to me that looks like the very definition of hell.

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Re: Everyone with an Android has a G+ account

No they don't, regardless of how much Google wants them to have one.

Some people respond to the G+ requirement for ratings and reviews with "fine, fuck you, I won't give you my opinion. One less data point for you."

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Re: Live in purgatory.......

This is what happens if you aren't selective with your choice if friends on facebook.

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Re: @ LarsG (@ AC 08:32 GMT)(@ Thing)

I think that you are -quite elegantly- sidestepping my point. And my point is that no matter how much talent a FB user has, the constant peer pressure to 'keep in touch' and send updates will, in the end, have most of said updates being inane junk.

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Re: Live in purgatory.......

inane, uninteresting, insignificant and boring updates from uninteresting boring insignificant self important peoples lives who live with this false belief that their egotistical self importantance is in anyway of interest to the rest of us.

Is Stephen Fry on Facebook as well, then?

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Re: Live in purgatory.......

I don't suppose it would be any more inane than it would be on your PC. It doesn't sound as if Facebook would appeal to you on any platform.

Right! Me neither!

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They live in a bubble.

They live in a Silicon Valley Bubble. Always harping on about the USER EXPERIENCE....

But for the rest of us that translates into having our lives & souls sold to advertisers....

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"In fact, I thought most were not so much G+ users, as "has a Google account, but never uses G+"-people."

That certainly applies to pretty much every Android user in my office at least. I logged in once to see what it was like and left pretty swiftly.

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Not true. I have a hacked Nook color running Cyanogenmod, and I don't have G+. I think you have to have G+ if you want to rate or comment on something through the play store though.

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@jonathanb 1800GMT

"Everyone with an android has a g+ account"

Not true. I've been using Android handsets since the Moto Droid came out and do not have a G+ account. I've stopped reviewing apps because I refuse to join G+ just to voice my opinion. I find that a rather annoying attempt at cross-pollination on Google's part.

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FIFY

"This is an experience for [Facejunk] access," he told us. "The phone is designed for people that want to be tools."

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All your smartphone...

... are belong to us...

... bitch!

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If Fecebook users have their own phones now, does this mean other phones will be Fece-free?

Please?

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Meh

Different form, same approach.

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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Is the new App compulsory?

No.

Is Facebook compulsory?

No, not yet.

Then what's the problem?

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Re: Is the new App compulsory?

There is no problem...yet.

But when the ads start following your eyes around on the Samsung S4 next year.

But don't worry, it will be so hypnotic it won't even bother you.

You're getting sleepy. veerrryyy sleepy.

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Re: Is the new App compulsory?

As sure as night follows day, given a story like this there's always some smartarse commenter comes along to point out that [insert name of thing] isn't compulsory. Slow claps all round.

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Re: Is the new App compulsory?

Facebook use might not be compulsory, but it"s various apps are usually pre-installed on every phone you get these days (and normally can only be removed by rooting the phone!).

The worry for all of us is that on the next phone you buy, this piece of cr-app might be pre-installed on the phone. Combine that with a waz to prevent people rooting their phones and what are you going to do?

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The worry for all of us is that on the next phone you buy, this piece of cr-app might be pre-installed on the phone. Combine that with a waz to prevent people rooting their phones and what are you going to do?

Easy... don't buy it. If manufacturers or operators see that Facebook-riddled phones don't sell, they won't stock any more.

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Re: Is the new App compulsory?

@lglethal Thank you for giving me another reason to add to my "why buy another iPhone" list. No Facebook unless you are fool enough to actually INSTALL it.

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Re: Is the new App compulsory?

Hey Dana,

Check the story that just appeared on the Reg. Facebook are in discussion with Apple about implementing some form of Facebook Home. So this may soon be affecting your iPhone soon enough...

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Perhaps they should have called it.

InYourFACEbook

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Pretty much as expected.

Their record shows that anything Facebook is going to be invasive. I don't condemn Facebook outright -- it's useful to me as an effortless way of keeping in contact with friends/family overseas. I can see that people much younger than me use it to organise their social lives -- particularly as this generation seems more group-oriented and less concerned about privacy. Where I differ is the cost -- I avoid using the mobile phone unnecessarily, let alone paying inflated data costs for something as marginal to me as Facebook. My teenage lifestyle may not have been quite so frantically mobile -- but we managed to organise ourselves even before we could afford a landline.

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Re: Pretty much as expected.

Who pays (inflated data costs) per megabyte for data access in this day and age, unless you're roaming, granddad?

Assuming you're UK based, virtually every tariff I can find comes with some kind of data allowance, 250MB per month at minimum, which would suffice for the bulk of light users.

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Re: Pretty much as expected.

'merikans don't travel to foreign parts these days. They think that everyone on this planet is about to kill them all (or so their TV Propaganda would have them believe) so roaming charges are not really an issue.

Data limits... that is a whole different ball-game. I'd fully expect this to blow many users limits easily and then it will hit them hard in the pocket.

US phone plans are not much more than a joke when it comes to data limits unless you are willing to virtually sign your life away.

15Gb for £15 (or thereabouts) a month is hard to beat. There are countries where it is beaten but compared to the US, it is an absolute bargain.

anon because I spend half my time in the US. My Dual SIM phone is a godsend but the US bills are frankly astronomic when compared to the UK.

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Re: Pretty much as expected.

"15Gb for £15 (or thereabouts) a month is hard to beat. There are countries where it is beaten but compared to the US, it is an absolute bargain."

Holy Carp! I had no idea the shaft was that big. 12Gb costs us poor 'merikans $120 or, effectively, 6.5 times as much.

oy...

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Anyway the very concept of this FB phone is enough to make me shudder, but it's not aimed at me, it's aimed at the exact opposite of me

Yes. People with friends.

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Ideally, one would be able to get the useful functionality of a Facebook-like service whilst retaining control through using an open-source peer-to-peer social network... I'm sure Eadon would approve, too.

I wish Diaspora well, though I've only just read of the sad death of its co-founder in 2011.

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Funny Mr Eadon how you managed to work an anti-MS/Win8 angle into a story about.......

..........a FaceBook app on Android devices? I really think you should consider seeking help with your obsessions. Certainly the rest of us would be very grateful if you did.

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Anyway the very concept of this FB phone is enough to make me shudder, but it's not aimed at me, it's aimed at the exact opposite of me

Yes. People with friends.

Ha ha. You walked into that one Eadon...

"EPIC EADON FAIL"

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Re: Funny Mr Eadon how you managed to work an anti-MS/Win8 angle into a story about.......

In all fairness to Eadon, the letters m and s did both appear in the article...

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@Ross K

Facebook is all about "friends", not friends.

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Facebook is all about "friends", not friends.

Really? Thanks for the education.

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You misspelled adverts and data-mining.

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"Really, what did these people expect?"

That pretty much sums it all up.

It seems to be exactly what it was intended to be - something to attract die-hard facebook users, not something to attract the outcasts into the fold.

The real test will be when sufficient numbers of the true targets get their hands on it. Then we'll see if Facebook have judged their users right.

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