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Zuckerberg: No Facebook iPad app news, “iPad is not mobile”

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By Jesse Hollington

Social Media & Software Editor, iLounge
Published: Wednesday, November 3, 2010
News Categories: iPad, Apps + Games

During a Q&A session following today’s Facebook event, CEO Mark Zuckerberg was asked whether the company had any plans for a Facebook application for the iPad. Zuckerberg’s response was simply “iPad is not mobile.” Eric Tseng, the head of Facebook’s mobile platform, clarified this statement indicating that Facebook considers the iPad to be part of a whole new class of devices, and not a mobile platform in the same way that a phone is. Tseng went on to state that Facebook is currently looking for a way to address tablet devices in general in terms of how to scale for it. Zuckerberg went on to state that “We all love Apple products” but that he considers the iPad to be a computer and not a mobile device, emphasizing that today’s event is focusing on Facebook in the mobile device space. While Zuckerberg did not rule out the eventual release of an iPad application, he did not indicate that Facebook has anything specific in the works at this point beyond simply looking at how to approach the iPad as a new computing platform; this runs contrary to recent reports from an unofficial Facebook application developer that an official Facebook app for the iPad was imminent.

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Wow…  looks like that PR needed to skate like a bat our of hell.  Is it too soon to predict that this will drastically affect Facebook’s future?

Posted by Luc on November 3, 2010 at 12:14 PM (PDT)

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In theory, I agree with him, and I definitely agree that treating the iPad in the same way as a traditional mobile device wouldn’t be a good idea. But there are certainly questions about Facebook on the iPad that need to be addressed. Most specifically, there are still things that you can do on Facebook on a desktop that you really can’t do well or even at all on the iPad. There are times when I want to add a set of photos to Facebook as a new album. There are a few 3rd-party iPhone apps that work okay for doing that, but none of them are all that great, and none of them are sanctioned by Facebook. At some point, I hope Facebook addresses that disconnect.

Posted by Jason on November 3, 2010 at 12:18 PM (PDT)

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What can’t an iPad do that an iPod Touch can? I use FB on the iPod Touch ALL THE TIME when I am not around my laptop!

Posted by steenbok68 on November 3, 2010 at 2:14 PM (PDT)

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@Luc “Is it too soon to predict that this will drastically affect Facebook’s future?”

There are hundreds of millions (over 400 million as of this past summer) of Facebook accounts, there are a few million iPads. Even if you assume without basis that every single one of those iPad users was so offended that Zuckerberg dared to lump their iPad with laptops instead of a mobile platform devices that they and their best friend never used FB again, what exactly is a fraction of a percent of users supposed to do to FB’s future?

It’s like the whole Flash silliness. Even with all the iPhones, touches, and iPads out there, they still don’t amount to squat in terms of the total web traffic so there’s little incentive for websites to change their architecture just because Steve got a stick up his butt to try and change the world with no leverage to do so.

These devices are not nearly so important or ubiquitous as some of us like to imagine.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on November 3, 2010 at 3:40 PM (PDT)

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“ipad is not mobile”...okay…so let me get the thing out of my car, not plug it in anywhere, sit down and connect to my voip line and make a call to laugh at Zuckerberg’s assessment that the iPad is not mobile.

HELLO!!! MCFLY!!! What the heck is he smoking?

Yes, it’s mobile. It’s a tablet and something tells me they’d write an app for it if they had someone on staff who was qualified in the area of User Interface or experience.

Sadly they don’t.

That’s why there’s no app for the ipad. The guy who wrote the iPhone implementation of the facebook app left out key features for some unknown reason and it’s pretty sad that Zuck & Co have cut his arms off and not allowed him the literal 24 hours if that which it would take to implement some simple scaling, layout options to make the app work right on the ipad.

Apple really should buy facebook, fire Zuckerberg and make the world feel better about their data being protected.

Mike

Posted by Michael Murdock on November 3, 2010 at 6:08 PM (PDT)

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Code Monkey - You are right on. The iPad community is just a drop in the Facebook bucket. They can not truly affect the success Facebook maintains. Although, it is in Facebooks best interest to address their app on the iPad. Simply because the iPad is still a growing market. But, I am sure Zuckerberg addressed this in that manner anyway. He simply stated that Facebook does not see the iPad as a truly “mobile” platform. It really is more of a hybrid anyway.

Now about the Flash statement. Jobs over-played his hand. He did not have enough artillery to expect his demand to change the way the web works. But, with that said, the web HAS adapted a great deal to the way Apple would like. Video content has become dynamic. Many sites that used to provide only Flash video now use tools that will provide the format that is called for on a device-by-device basis. This is a smart move by content providers. Even if iOS is a small percentage of total web traffic, it is a percentage that must be considered. Why not provide content that anyone can access? I dare say that would not have happened if Apple had simply “played nice” and supported Flash across the board. I personally like the direction this is going. Make the web platform independent. Flash is not the only belle at the ball anymore. It is still the most notable, but those wall-flowers are starting to garner some attention.

Posted by Mitch on November 4, 2010 at 6:43 AM (PDT)

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Oh well, yet another opportunity for Diaspora to succeed.

Posted by Farnsworth on November 4, 2010 at 7:01 AM (PDT)

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@Mitch: For many purposes, yes, we are seeing multiple support of Flash, HTML 5, and other delivery containers, and why not? Change your website scripts to deliver whatever format is best utilized and you get hits and eyes on your site and, with storage being so cheap, it’s a no-brainer.

Of course, this is still a small fraction of the total Flash content out there, and for most of that web content there is still no comparable delivery system to the Flash (or a similar non-iDevice-compatible) container and so it will remain non-iDevice compatible until Steve changes his song. One control freak is not going to force all the other control freaks into giving up Flash when it provides so many things to web developers they can’t otherwise do currently.

Maybe, just maybe, Steve’s move will push alternative development until iDevices will be caught up in 3-5 years, but until then we all have to put up with non-functional websites and content to satisfy one jackass’ immense egomania.

Posted by Code Monkey in Midstate New York on November 4, 2010 at 8:28 AM (PDT)

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Some of you need to get your facts straight. Flash is already in decline from a developer perspective because of the relative cost of developing within a proprietary system, or developing in an open environment like HTML5. Jobs wasn’t out to change the world. He jumped on a bandwagon that was already rolling. In fact, Google has already on board; none of Google’s apps are designed using Flash, and while some carriers add it to their devices, the stock version of Android does not and will not support Flash. There is even talk that Flash will be locked out of Chrome OS when released. You can hate Jobs all you want, but he is almost always right when he jumps on a bandwagon.

Posted by Pakk1969 on April 20, 2011 at 11:12 AM (PDT)

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Please excuse the grammatical error in my previous post. I was distracted momentarily by the Cubs game.

Posted by Pakk1969 on April 20, 2011 at 11:13 AM (PDT)

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I can see what he is saying about the ipad not being mobile but at the same time…It kinda is. Regardless of size, I take mines everywhere with me and must people do. This is why I got it, if not, I would have just been ok with my desktop. I don’t know why he is saying that because we all know it’s a matter of time before they make a Facebook app for the ipads. There is app for twitter.

Posted by Richard on April 27, 2011 at 11:18 AM (PDT)

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Really?? The iPad is not a mobile device.  I’m intrigued by this.  Not developing an app is like being a chocolate shop that sells pastries and drinks but posts a sign outside that reads “no outside food allowed” ...why would anyone turn away potential business just because it didn’t look a certain way???  I’m not convinced.

Posted by Louis on June 19, 2011 at 6:57 PM (PDT)

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There’s a very neat little answer to this mystery: mark zuckerberg is simply a giant twat. That’s pretty much the long and short of it.

Posted by Rinna on July 8, 2011 at 7:42 AM (PDT)

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