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Melanie Rodier
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4/8/2013 | 4:17:00 PM
re: Facebook Phone: 5 Must-Haves
I agree that promoted posts on Facebook are getting incredibly annoying. I certainly would not want a phone that featured Facebook as soon as I turned it on, especially given that Facebook, as you point out, Deb, "chooses" which stories the user wants to see. Plus, it is pushing the monetization aspect to such an obvious extent that FB will soon lose more customers to other social networks that are far less intrusive. I agree that only a free phone could sway large number to switch to Facebook's model.
Cara Latham
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4/4/2013 | 1:49:51 PM
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I agree with most of the comments here; additionally, I think you are spot on with your points here, Deb. For tarters, the Facebook messages rarely work on my phone as it currently stands. Not only would this have to be fixed, I assume, for others to be inclined to use it, but it would have to be more integrated with other functions of the phone. For example, can I message someone by finding his or her name in my contacts and composing the message from there?

I would never want to own a phone that features Facebook so intrusively, but if I ever were to become so inclined, these features you mention would definitely need to be included.
Deb Donston-Miller
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4/4/2013 | 1:31:29 AM
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I agree. And Microsoft has not done so well with its "forked" tablet OS strategy.

Deb Donston-Miller
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4/4/2013 | 1:30:02 AM
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Great point. Users are already suspicious of Facebook--why would they invite the platform to be the heartbeat of their phones?

Deb Donston-Miller
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4/4/2013 | 1:28:21 AM
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The Android platform is also seeing more and more malware. That will be a big consideration, too, I'd imagine.

Deb Donston-Miller
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4/4/2013 | 1:27:21 AM
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That's a great point--thank you! I happen to know some died-in-the-wool technophiles, many of whom WILL update their phones before their two years is up because they can't stand the thought of not having the latest and greatest. But, you're right--if people start paying full price for their phones, which is possible if T-Mobile's model takes off, they won't be quick to switch.

Deb Donston-Miller
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4/4/2013 | 1:24:54 AM
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Thanks for the comment! I am really interested to hear what Facebook has to say on Thursday. I agree that they really have to offer a lot more than what they offer now to get people to not only switch phones but also to have Facebook the first thing staring at them when they turn on their phones.

Deb Donston-Miller
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4/4/2013 | 1:23:28 AM
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I'd love to hear how your social experiment (life without Facebook) goes. I have been hearing of more and more people cutting the Facebook cord. I think all the clutter is getting to be too much.

Deb Donston-Miller
Contributing Editor, The BrainYard
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4/4/2013 | 12:53:26 AM
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I took FB off my iPhone because it was a distraction. Now I look at it less and less. If they do a "real" mobile version and address some of what is in your article, they still have to run ads or other junk. And the mobile screen makes that even more annoying. Unless the service was free (as well as the hardware) why would I pay, say, Verizon to allow FB to collect market data on me?

Forget FB and consider what might be actually interesting changes in the phone and tablet space. Look at Google. They got Android to a good market share. But now they are pushing Chrome for tablets as the OS. So will there be a convergence of Chrome and Android to have a common platform the way Microsoft is going? That would be way more interesting than a FB phone.
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4/3/2013 | 5:09:08 PM
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The problem I have with Facebook is that the user HAS NO PRIVACY. Employers, businesses, individuals have sued people for placing up any opinion to their friends or family that might be damaging to a business. So, if an auto mechanic shop is not fixing problems that I payed for, and are not taking charge of warranty....I cannot tell my friends, and family not to go there? ...on Facebook.
Schools, Government, and everyone else seems to be able to get into these accounts. Please, I do not need them in my phone as well! My phone already tracks me....unless I am very careful. If someone wants to pay me for providing my information on where I shop, where I go, then they can send me a check in the mail for my services, or ... or I could turn the phone off until I need it?
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