Facebook developers miss the point

Two weeks ago I wrote an article about how Facebook was degrading due to all of the spam and junk filling up its pages in the form of useless applications. The sort of crap that the MySpace crowd love to use.

After writing that I received an email from a Facebook app developer:

I noticed that you wrote an article about Facebook and its rather “elite” origin. While it appears that you are still interested in Facebook and use it on a daily basis, I was wondering if you would write something up about our instant messaging Facebook application?

Imo.im has added yet another feature to Facebook. The imo.im instant messenger application allows Facebook users to instant message and video chat with friends on Facebook, AIM, Google Talk, MSN, and Yahoo. This application also enables the Facebook user to sign into multiple accounts. By clicking the “Link Accounts” button, on future visits imo.im will automatically sign you into all of your accounts.

You can find the Facebook application here: http://www.facebook.com/apps/application.php?id=2562493844

Let us know if you have any questions or feedback at feedback@imo.im.

Thanks,
imo.im staff

Now, is it just me or has Ashley completely missed the point? Not only will I not be writing about his app or using it, I implore anyone and everyone to leave junk like this alone. Facebook is already full of enough garbage without more of this dross being added.

When I say no more to Facebook apps, that is NOT a public invite for developers to solicit reviews from me.

Darren Jamieson, aka MrDaz, is the Technical Director and co-founder of Engage Web and has been working online in a career spanning two decades. His first website was built in 1998 and is still live today.

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4 thoughts on “Facebook developers miss the point”

  1. I have used the facebook applications and I do not believe that they are junk. I just tried out the instant messaging service offered above and I really like it. Your cynicism and skepticism is disheartening.
    -Sean

  2. Hello MrDaz,

    I must say that I was quite amused by your incident with facebook.

    She really did miss the point! Being an avid user of facebook myself, I think that the majority of the apps are pointless.

    Don’t get me wrong I do have a few of them, but not to a point where my whole profile would scroll down as long as the wall of china!

    Another thing is Facebook recently added a “clean-up your apps” feature where all the apps can be put under one drop down, but if you’re not using them then delete it don’t store it somewhere else! It’s kinda funny.

    Anyhow, great post!

    Cheers!

    – jessalia
    the mommie correspondent

  3. Thanks Jessalia, I’ve seen Facebook are trying to clean up their act a bit. They also have a bulk refusal of invites for if you have over 25 invites at once.

    They’re trying.

    As for Sean, your efforts at reputation management need some work. Maybe I’ll post a guide on that soon, but adding obviously fake comments to a negative post about a product in an effort to give the perception it’s any good is NOT how to do it.

    Your words seem false and desperate.

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