10 Things We Love About Facebook's New iPhone App

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Facebook launched a new version of its iPhone app yesterday. It’s great.

Already the most downloaded iPhone application in Apple’s app store, Facebook’s new version is fast, easy to use, and feature-rich.

Click here for 10 reasons why we love it→

One feature that’s particularly impressive is how easy the app makes it for users to take photos that they’ve shot with their iPhone and organise them into Facebook photo albums.

We created a 10-picture album on Facebook in about five minutes. Imagine going to a party, taking a bunch of pictures, and then uploading and organising them on the ride home. Remember when you used to have to order doubles at the grocery store and then stick them in the mail?

This kind of simple functionality will keep Facebook’s app the most popular on the iPhone. 

That’s great news for Facebook, which is in the middle of a quiet but ferocious competition with fellow Silicon Valley startup Twitter. Until now, Twitter has mopped the floor with Facebook when it comes to the iPhone.

Twitter has an army of third-party developers who have created many terrific iPhone apps like Tweetie and Twitteriffic — many of which have been definitively superior to Facebook’s more popular iPhone app.

Until now.

Click here for 10 reasons we love Facebook’s new app →

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title=”The iPhone OS-like user-interface”
content=”The new app’s homepage feels and works just like the iPhone’s homepage, except instead of a 4×4 grid full of iPhone apps, there is a 3×3 grid full of of Facebook apps like Photos and Events.”
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content=”The same way iPhone users can bookmark Web pages or add apps to the second page of their homepage, Facebook app useres can add Facebook friends and pages onto their second page.

You can even move apps and bookmarks between homepages the same way.

Just like on the iPhone homepage, if you touch and hold a finger over an icon, it becomes unfastened to its spot and starts to shake. Moving it to another spot in the 3×3 grid — or even another page — is simple as dragging it over with your finger.

It’s a completely intuitive user-experience for iPhone users.”
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title=”It’s fast.”
content=”Here’s a screen you only see for the for the briefest of moments flipping around the new Facebook app. It’s very fast.”
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title=”The filtered, live News Feed”
content=”Almost any update a user’s Facebook friends make — uploading a photo, writing a new status, creating an event — gets pushed into that users’ live News Feed. Filtering the News Feed by creating different friend groups makes going to Facebook much more useful.

Notice that I’ve organised my friends into groups ‘People I actually care about’, ‘Family,’ ‘TBI’ and ‘Professional Contacts.’

The new Facebook app makes it very easy to hop between the various groups and see what the different people I know in my life are up to and talking about.”
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title=”Calling or texting from the friends list”
content=”You can call or text any friend that makes his or her number available to Facebook friends directly from the new app’s friends list. Handy!”
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title=”RSVPing to events”
content=”When Facebook created its old iPhone app, it made the boneheaded decision to leave its Events application out. With the new app, you can RSVP to events right from your iPhone.

And more importantly…”
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title=”Google Maps integration wtih Events”
content=”You can also look up where those events are being held. The new app is integrated with the Google Maps app. Tap on the event’s address in the listings page and you go directly to a map.”
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content=”This is just handy.”
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title=”Easy photo albums”
content=”Using these same screenshots, we created a photo album on Facebook in about three minutes. Imagine going to a party, taking a bunch of pictures, and then uploading and organising them on the ride home.

Remember when you used to have to email people copies of photos?

Remember when you used to have to order doubles at the grocery store?”
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content=”You can manage Facebook Pages from the new app.

This is big for Facebook’s competition with Twitter.

Right now, Pages are the only way celebrities and public figures can maintain an asymmetrical relationship with other users the same way Oprah can have a million followers on Twitter without following any of them back.

Now that its easy to manage a Facebook Page from the iPhone, you can imagine celebrities uploaded images and video from from the locker room at half time, the big premiere, or from a press conference — and lots of the rest of Facebook’s users getting hooked on following them.”
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title=”Things We Don’t Like: Needs better sharing options”
content=”After I read an article I’ve saved to Instapaper, I can share it via email, any number of Twitter apps, and Tumblr. If I like a story someone’s posted to Facebook, I can comment on it or ‘like’ it. Facebook needs to make it easier to share content through other iPhone apps.”
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title=”Things We Don’t Like: Can’t see that comment”
content=”It’s a small thing, but still. The new Facebook app notifies you when another users has commented on a note or photo you’ve posted. It’s easy to go to that note or photo, but it’s hard to find that comment. That needs to change.”
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