Facebook has not yet seen fit to introduce a version of its official iPhone app optimised for the iPad, even though we are all waiting to hit the Install button and download. Mark Zuckerberg now famously said that the iPad isn’t mobile, suggesting that we may never get a native Facebook app.
Unless you want to use the pixel-doubled iPhone app, or browse in the somewhat-incompatible website in Safari, your only other option is one of the third-party applications available, such as Friendly.
Today’s interview is with Cyril Moutran the co-founder of Oecoway, the makers of Friendly for Facebook. We’ll learn a little about the Friendly team and what motivates them, as well as diving into a discussion of the future of Facebook on the iPad.
Look forward to some interesting insights into developing successful iPad apps, along with some discussion of the recent furore over Twitter’s announcement to developers. We love the developers that produce the amazing software we review, and hopefully this will be a great way for you to meet the names and faces behind the apps that you use every day!
I hope you enjoy it!
With Facebook now having more than 500 million active users, and around half of them accessing Facebook from mobile devices, it’s not a big stretch of the imagination to think that most people who own an iPad probably have ventured into the world of Facebook.
Whether you’re the kind of person who keeps it small and intimate, with just your close friends and some serious privacy (if that’s possible), or someone who prefers to refer to their friends as fans, you’ll inevitably want to use your new technological marvel to access Facebook.
Facebook themselves have neglected to create a native app, possibly because they’re busy doing other things, or possibly because they believe the web experience is good enough. Not to fear, though, there are a multitude of alternatives.
There is a regular stream of new contenders, one of the latest being Friended. Would you, if the perfect app existed, be willing to pay for a truly intuitive Facebook experience on the iPad?
I, personally, find that using Facebook in Safari works very well for my needs (although I wish Facebook would up the resolution of their web icon), and sometimes I open up Friendly.
What are you looking for in you’re iPad Facebook experience? Do you wish they’d just make an app?
It would be great to hear your thoughts and find out how you use Facebook on the iPad, leave a comment and don’t forget to vote!