Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 10th May 2013 22:34 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "The reviews are in: Facebook Home, Mark Zuckerberg's grandiose stab at totally controlling our mobile experience, is an unmitigated disaster. On Wednesday, AT&T announced that it was dropping the price of the HTC First smartphone, which comes with Facebook Home built in, from $99 to 99 cents. Think about that: a new smartphone, priced to jump off the shelves at Dollar General. It's a great deal, but it is also hugely embarrassing for Zuckerberg. [...] For confirmation we need only look at the Google Play store, where the Facebook Home app, which can be installed on select Android phones, has now fallen to the No. 338 ranking in the category of free apps. That's 200 spots lower than it ranked just two weeks ago." Totally did not see this coming whatsoever.
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RE[2]: A rational next step for FB
by Morgan on Sat 11th May 2013 06:50 UTC in reply to "RE: A rational next step for FB"
Morgan
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He's very smart for not using it. I wish I hadn't gotten sucked in, now I'm hooked because of distant friends and relatives who all gave up email and texting as primary methods of communication after they got sucked in too. I told my wife I was going to quit Facebook soon after we got married back in March since we share my family contacts, but two months later and I'm still a user.

Switching to Google+ exclusively isn't a solution either; I only have a few distant friends and one relative there and they never use it. G+ seems to be more geek oriented as I love the maker and OS communities I'm in, but it's useless for keeping up with loved ones (in my case anyway) and besides, it suffers from many of the same privacy concerns as its older sibling.

So for now, I'll continue to give up my privacy for a little bit of convenience. I'll eventually kick the Facebook habit just as I kicked the World of Warcraft habit many years ago.

Oops, gotta go, I just got a FB notification. Time for my hourly fix!

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