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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Dumb idea anyway
by cmost on Sun 12th May 2013 11:03 UTC
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Frankly, it's bad enough that society has degenerated to the point where everyone has his or her nose in a cell phone the majority of their waking hours. Still others admit they waste up to eight hours a day on FaceBook. While I'm generation X, I guess I must be old fashioned because even though I have a phone that's smarter than I am, I still think of it as a phone. You can often find it in my glove box or on my kitchen counter as that's why they invented voice mail, right? I also oppose social media for privacy and other reasons and have no on-line presence whatsoever outside of LinkedIn. Do we really think it's a great idea to transform our phones into an extension of FaceBook? Methinks not and deep down, I think society felt the same. Or, maybe the app was just awful. Either way, it's probably good that FaceBook Home is about to go the way of Microsoft Bob.

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RE: Dumb idea anyway
by frank on Sun 12th May 2013 23:58 in reply to "Dumb idea anyway"
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Funny how technology is frequently used to describe the degeneration of society. Yet, we feel completely justified when our salaries are high, or completely offended when our salaries are too low.

Even funnier that it's also the technical people who make that remark, as if we know where technology needs to end.

... or that as technologists we are sometimes the *last* to adopt new products and concepts. It's no wonder people don't like engineers and IT. We're a walking dark cloud of hypocrisy.

"dumb"... that's how you describe when someone forges ahead with a technique that's been tried before and failed. It's when someone ignores the obvious or doesn't change to account for past experiences. This idea wasn't dumb - in fact, it was quite rational. It's just not for me because I don't use facebook enough.

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RE[2]: Dumb idea anyway
by cmost on Mon 13th May 2013 22:44 in reply to "RE: Dumb idea anyway"
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@ frank

First off, While I am in a technology field, I'm not in IT so I couldn't care less about IT salaries. Moreover, surely you can't believe that when the majority of the populace is burying their faces in a computer day in and day out it is "good" for society. FaceBook and Google Glass seem like well placed distractions; panem et circenses if you will, that keep the people from realizing what's really going on around them.

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