Will You Try Facebook Home?

April 15, 2013 | By | Comments (4)

At the end of last week Facebook released a new app that pretty much takes over your phone (if you have an Android). According to them the average smart phone user spends 20 percent of their time on their phone on Facebook. So the app, Facebook Home, makes it so you can instantly access your friends and your feed the second your screen lights up.

Instead of a static image, the second you wake up your phone, you’ll see your friends status updates and photos scrolling across your screen where your wallpaper used to be. This is what it looks like:

Facebook Home Coverfeed

The second item worth noting is Chatheads (yes, it’s really named that). Basically, Whenever you get a message, either a text or through the Facebook messenger, your friend’s face pops up on your screen and kind of floats around until you get rid of it. When you open the message it just hovers over your other app so you don’t have to close out of what you’re looking at to respond. You’ll also see little notification numbers when you have an unread message.

Facebook Home Chathead

It’s a fun idea, but I don’t think I spend enough time on Facebook to make the app worth it for me. What about you—how much time to you spend on Facebook on your phone and will you be downloading Facebook Home?

Get more info on Facebook Home from Time.com.

COMMENTS

  1. Kristina

    I really try not to use Facebook that much and wouldn’t let it take over my phone/life like that. I’m hoping most people would say that same; is that what we really want to encourage, being obsessed with social media all the time? I think we should be emphasizing more interactive, face-to-face communication and interactions.

    April 15, 2013 at 1:43 pm
  2. mindfulmod

    No, I will not be using this app; no disrespect Facebook but this social website is not something that is at the forefront of my digital thought process.

    April 15, 2013 at 2:20 pm
  3. ame

    No. I could not care any less about it. Facebook is already too involved in my life and my business as it is.

    April 15, 2013 at 3:18 pm
  4. Kathleen Mickelson (@kcmickelson)

    I use Facebook to check in daily with a page for the online poetry journal I help edit (Every Day Poets) and to catch up with friends, but I don’t spend a lot of time there. I would be incredibly annoyed with any app that took over my phone in such a way, so I will absolutely NOT be trying Facebook Home anytime soon. My phone needs to do too many other things, like actually call people and help me keep track of my daily calendar in a secure and private fashion.

    April 15, 2013 at 5:03 pm

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