The new facebook app for the iPhone is out! And it looks great!
1. It doesn’t crash every 5 minutes. YES! That means I can be connected to my friends and their facebook-centric lives ALL the time.
2. I can do a lot more and I can do it without consulting documentation. For example, going into groups and looking up posts was very cumbersome before. Not any more!
3. The focus is on the news feed. Where previously, Facebook used to give you a menu of items as your home page, you now get to always look at your current news feed or the group or page you were browsing. Menus have been pushed aside as a more voluntary thing. Nice move.
4. Attention to User Experience and icon design. Facebook almost NEVER pays attention to UX. They go ahead and make their font size smaller without reason, don’t really transition people into new designs and pay little attention to the consequences of their design changes on their users. HOWEVER, this time - they get cool points for redesigning that little icon on the top left corner. Notice how it looked different before. Why? Because the menu looked different. And the icon was merely depicting it. Now that the menu is a list of things - so is the icon. Good good work, Facebook.
5. It mimics the web. Which is awesome considering you want people to be able to do the same things, just on a smaller screen.
I’m really happy with the new app, but if I had to pick one thing that didn’t sit well with me, it would probably be how everything is smaller, adding more room for error. Where before, the icons were all spaced out, now it seems they’re all crowded together. It hasn’t given me any trouble so far, but it may be cumbersome for people who have little patience when navigating with accuracy on a touch screen.