Apr 04 AT 9:58 PM Dustin Earley 22 Comments

Facebook Home is only as good as your friends

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The press photos of Facebook’s freshly announced replacement launcher Facebook Home look impressive. In fact, I wasn’t expecting them to look that good. Cover feed turns your home screen into a canvas, allowing your friends to paint it. Your home screen, and lock screen, is essentially full screen photos your friends have uploaded. In the renders, this means every home screen is a beautiful waterfall. Or a wonderful picture of someone’s family. If I were to use Facebook Home, let’s just say it wouldn’t always be pretty.

I haven’t always been the best at managing my Facebook friends. Old class mates, kitchen coworkers, local artists, friends, family; I have a pretty diverse friend set. And what they often post is diverse as well. Everything from gorgeous photographs of Lake Michigan and my extended family’s beautiful children, to rotten ecards, half naked women, conspiracy theory photos, blurry cell phone pictures and grim reapers smoking bongs.

Unless I’m missing something important here, my home screen, thanks to cover feed, will be a mix of all that. On Facebook, it’s easy to scroll past things I may not like or find stupid, but as my lock screen? If I were to filter down whose photos I want to see being used as my home screen and lock screen backgrounds, I’d only allow four people’s post to go through. I don’t see how I could possibly make that work, and I don’t think I’m alone.

Theoretically, Facebook Home looks fantastic. But it’s only as good as your Facebook friends. Perhaps I haven’t been strict enough with accepting people’s friend requests. Or maybe I should hide more people from my news feed. Then again, I’d miss out on a lot of hilariously idiotic things. I think it’d be best to just skip out on Facebook Home all together. I’m sure there is an audience for it, but I’m not a part of it. Or rather, my friends have made me not. Either way, I’ll keep the, “Like and repost to save this malnourished child” posts away from my home screen.

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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    • jamal adam

      Now, imagine if you let someone use your phone or maybe a family member and thats the first thing they see.

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    • scubabum

      Friends don’t let friends control your phone home screen.

    • zerosix

      You, sir, made my day.

  • TXH

    Yep, right there with ya on everything you said in the article. I will never use FB home.

  • Fenudel

    I don’t think that Facebook Home looks that fantastic even in theory. The design is pretty, but that’s about it.
    Forgetting for a moment what really goes on in people’s friend feeds, two things come to mind:

    1) Having quick access to information (via widgets) and to apps is an important feature of any Android phone. All of this appears to be completely gone (i.e., tucked away behind menus) in favor of the “Facebook experience”. Dude, where’s my phone?

    2) Given the privacy track record, who wants to expand the domain of Facebook on their device? It seems that making this as your home experience gives Facebook the access to a lot of additional transactional data that could not be gathered by the Facebook app.

    Now, I may simply be misunderstanding something (I am going by the blog posts for my info)…
    But so far this looks pretty useless for most people, IMO.

  • LD

    No way in hell I am going to let Facebook run my phone.

  • pinyin_samu

    It will be facebook and your facebook friends who controls your phone and you and not you who controls your phone and your facebook account.

    And what will happen if you are not online with your device?

  • Jim

    Anyone remember Playstation Home? That was atrocious, so is facebook home.

  • ahmed shouhdy

    totally agree with you …. I always wondered wooow they show great pics and great moments and I will be showing my stupid blurry hazzy friends feed hhhhhh,
    if I have those wonderfull friends and cheerful smiles and those pretty naked girls why should I interact with them behind the phone !!


    I will give it a shot for shits and giggles..

  • Sam Johnson

    Exactly, very good point.

    I’ve been using the new Facebook desktop site since it was revealed, but due to the immaturity of some of my friends, it doesn’t look as good as it did in the promo shots.

  • masterpfa

    In which case mine is going to be a pile of CACK

    Give me Flipboard anyday or any number of apps widgets currently available. I need a phone where I can choose what to do as opposed to FaceBook tool to do as it wants.


  • Nate B.

    i have to admit though the chat notification thing with the bubble is pretty sweet. i do want that ripped out of it.

  • Beth Andrews

    Facebook home is designed for hood rats. I love it.

  • jonstle

    I don’t want to influence your opinion on my friends but… After reading the title of the article I have decided not to try it out. LOL

  • Nathen

    Facebook ……….waste of time, waste of energy , waste of a Life.

  • awundrin

    I concur 100%. I would never use it. Enjoyed your article – funny! :)

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  • hurracayne

    I feel link I seen this before

  • Cwalden21

    Great article…completely agree!