Facebook lining up something 'awesome' for next week

Facebook lining up something 'awesome' for next week

Social networking colossus Facebook is set to “launch something awesome” next week in the words of CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

Just what that something will be is still up in the air, but Reuters reckons it's odds-on to be something mobile-related – or something awesome mobile-related, we should say.

Facebook didn't get to where it is today – with upwards of 750 million users at last count – by casually resting on its laurels, and when it's not tweaking its privacy measures just for the fun of it, it's invariably cooking up some or other new venture to extend its global empire still further.

And it was just such a venture that paved the way for Zuckerberg's cryptic announcement this week. The Big Z was talking to reporters at the company's Seattle office, which spearheaded the development of Facebook's recently revamped mobile site, and revealed that the same group was also behind another project set to be unveiled next week.

Reuters suggests the involvement of the Seattle team strongly suggests we're looking at something mobile- or tablet-related, a fairly solid leap of logic it has to be said.

The smart money around the web is on the announcement of the long-awaited Facebook iPad app – at present iPad users have to use the full Facebook website, which isn't optimised for tablet use.

Another suggestion is that Facebook will announce a new photo-sharing app for the iPhone, while there is also mention of Project Spartan – the proposed HTML-based Facebook app store we first heard about a couple of weeks ago.


Add a comment

Abvance  Jul. 1, 2011 at 11:40

Hmmm, I wonder if it's because of Google+?

drunken_prozac  Jul. 1, 2011 at 11:49

don't forget they were talking about video chat in the facebook chat application......

freakfire  Jul. 1, 2011 at 12:44

No doubt this will be some kind of reaction to Google+, although I don't think Facebook need worry

stresshead  Jul. 1, 2011 at 20:47

maybe they are doing this as google are going to launch google+ to rival facebook

rjc  Jul. 3, 2011 at 00:04

I think facebook should be really worried. They've slacked off in the mobile app development (the Android app is poop) and the tablet development is non-existent still. The FB site is a confusing mess and people distrust their security settings as MZ has repeatedly confirmed fears that he thinks privacy is dead. Google are amongst the few big players that can step in and snap up a big portion of facebook's share. Especially if they make Google+ appealing to anyone with a job who is petrified of their co-workers discovering their weekend's misdemeanours online when MZ decides on an whim (or a bug) that he wants to yet again slacken a few privacy settings to make some more money.

stresshead  Jul. 3, 2011 at 18:34

i must be one of the few people in the world who does not have a facebook account my husband and kids all have one but ive never felt the need to announce my life to the world i have signed up for google+ and as its in the beta stage will be contacted when its up and running i will take a look at it but doubt i will have an account with them either maybe people think im abnormal not having a facebook account but i prefer human contact except for mobot and houtukdeals of course

drunken_prozac  Jul. 7, 2011 at 06:13

there we go... skype video chat intergration :o)

stresshead  Jul. 7, 2011 at 13:46

my mate uses skype to speak to her daughter who is studying in france its free at the moment but with windows buying it i guess it wont be long before they start charging for it so the big hype from facebook is they have skype on it bet they are getting charged a fortune by windows lol


You don't need an account to comment. Just enter your email address. We'll keep it private.