On Monday, Columbus Day, Facebook finally “discovered” a new world of its own – the iPad.
Following months of speculation and suspicions, Facebook finally raised the curtain on its iPad-optimized mobile app, which is available now as a free download in the App Store.
Leon Dubinsky, a software engineer at Facebook, says the app had been designed to create an immersive and “fun” experience for iPad users.
But many of the iPad users who have given the app a try say that the long-awaited app is a bit unwieldy.
With a strong emphasis on pictures, Facebook touts the user-friendliness of the app.
“Use your fingertips to scroll through your News Feed. Give the screen a swipe to page through albums. Pinch a picture to zoom in,” the social networking giant says.
But more than a few users have argued that the app fails to adequately use the expansive screen space offered by the tablet. Other criticisms contend that too much emphasis is placed on games, not news feeds and friend statuses.
As some industry analysts observe, however, Facebook users are a finicky bunch who are upset easily with unfamiliar changes and new layouts. Similar to the backlash Facebook saw upon its most recent design overhaul, the social networking platform has rarely – if ever – made changes to the platform that were universally met with acceptance and praise.
Then again, it must be difficult to make 750 million people happy all at once.