Sheryl Sandberg defends Facebook Home

Sheryl Sandberg defends Facebook HomeAt the beginning of April, it looked like Facebook was set to take over Google’s ubiquitous mobile operating system, with the Facebook Home Android UI and, er, the HTC First.

Sadly for Team Zuckerberg, Facebook Home has been almost universally panned by its early adopters. However, oddly attractive COO Sheryl Sandberg still has high hopes.

Looking at the Google Play stats, Facebook Home has scored over a million downloads, but of the 17,800+ who’ve cared to review it, more than half (9,100+) have awarded it one star. Eek.

Speaking at the AllThingsD conference thingy (where approximately 99.1% of this week’s mobile news has emanated from), COO Sheryl Sandberg reminds us that Facebook Home is at an early stage.

“We consider [Home] a v.1, a very early version,” purred Sandberg. “We would love if we could put out a v.1 version and get everything right.”

To be fair, features such as Cover Feed and Chat Heads have gone down alright, even if the UI experience on the whole hasn’t been a hit.

“I think it will be a long road,” mused Sandberg. “[The smartphone is] an incredibly powerful device and social device. We believe that the phone will get reorganized around people — Home is the first iteration of that.”

Is it really the first iteration? Windows Phone is fairly people-centric, which possibly explains why it has 0.00000001% market share (slight exaggeration).

via: AllThingsD

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matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 1, 2013 at 14:29

We believe that the phone will get reorganized around people

I have no idea what she's talking about. Can I hate her for that?

I hate her for defending something so obviously crap. That's enough of a reason for me.

Treab  Jun. 2, 2013 at 04:43

We believe that the phone will get reorganized around people

I have no idea what she's talking about. Can I hate her for that?

I hate her for defending something so obviously crap. That's enough of a reason for me.


i hate her for 'rebooting feminism' seriously what is left for women to achieve? other than having a straight 50/50 in management...

lcurdie / MOD  Jun. 2, 2013 at 10:51

I'm with Treab on this one. I've somehow subscribed to various feminists on twitter, and the constant BS is so tiresome. It's not 1908.

We're living in an age where an acceptable Diet Coke advert depicts several apparently horny girls throwing a can at a gardener, causing the drink to explode all over him, and subsequently he's forced to rip off his shirt (exposing a God-like physique, obviously), much to the delight of said horny girls. Can't a guy cut the grass in peace any more? Apparently not.

Similarly, Loose Women's male guests are openly leered at and drooled over. Can you imagine an equivalent programme, let's call it Loose Men, with an all-male panel and studio audience that openly whoops and whistles at female guests?

Vizzini  Jun. 2, 2013 at 11:14

Icurdie,

You seem to be confusing feminism with sexism. Need I remind you of the words of Indigo Montoya?

lcurdie / MOD  Jun. 2, 2013 at 13:07

My problem is feminists with a chip on their shoulder, asserting that females remain downtrodden, second-class citizens. Clearly there are problems within certain countries/cultures (don't get me started on religion), but are you seriously telling me that females in developed, western society are somehow born disadvantaged? Margaret Thatcher FTW. And it's only a matter of time before we have a female president in the US of A.

Females can drive, vote, hold positions of power, openly read and discuss 50 Shades of Grey, and throw cans of Diet Coke at muscular gardeners. What more do they want?

matt101101 / MOD  Jun. 2, 2013 at 13:36

Well, this was just what I wanted to read on a Sunday morning, cheers guys.

In other news, I think that unfollow button is looking mighty attractive right about now...

lcurdie / MOD  Jun. 2, 2013 at 14:11

In other news, I think that unfollow button is looking mighty attractive right about now...

You can't just "unfollow" life's problems away, Matt ;)

I jest, of course, and this is indeed an incredibly deep conversation for a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Quick final thought: all of those things you mentioned, Jan, are completely unacceptable. But for every guy who beats on his wife, I'd like to think there are dozens/scores/hundreds/thousands of guys who'd like 30 seconds alone with him.

We're getting into some delicate areas, so I'm off to sit in the sun. Maybe we can all agree that if Sheryl Sandberg really wants to help the female of the species, she might want to look at helping and educating female victims (I dare say some of Jan's stats include repeat assaults; leaving is easier said than done), instead of moaning about the number of female executives there are.

Treab  Jun. 2, 2013 at 14:20

seriously what is left for women to achieve?
Well, treab... how about: being able to do a job without Treab coming along somehow dragging 'feminism' into the equation? Or? The hope of actually going out on the weekend without the risk of ending up in a psycho's rape room - to later be ridiculed by a judge for asking 'for it' via dress choice? But hey... petty sh*t. Lets talk AMOLED vs LCD.


look at the 'time' front page.. the small print tag line is 'rebooting feminism'

Treab  Jun. 2, 2013 at 14:23

My problem is feminists with a chip on their shoulder, asserting that females remain downtrodden, second-class citizens. Clearly there are problems within certain countries/cultures (don't get me started on religion), , western sobut are you seriously telling me that females in developedciety are somehow born disadvantaged? Margaret Thatcher FTW. And it's only a matter of time before we have a female president in the US of A.

Females can drive, vote, hold positions of power, openly read and discuss 50 Shades of Grey, and throw cans of Diet Coke at muscular gardeners. What more do they want?


western sobut are you seriously telling me that females in developedciety are somehow born disadvantaged

Ask me again when 1 in 4 men experience some form of sexually motivated violence in their lifetime, and when in the USA every 30 seconds one man requires medical attention because of female violence...

DO YOU seriously think that knowledge is alien to your mother or GF? DO you not believe that knowledge bleeds into their every day? How does a bit of OTT 'feminism' compare to that? The comparison is no better than the old fart judges who shift the blame in a rape case on to the female for being attractive in public. (nevermind that the vast majority of rape victims are old and past their prime).
But, whatever... lets see how you feel when a GF or family member experience one of those minor inconveniences.
Plausible deniability is no presidential prerogative, eh... Lets just pretend feminism started it all. Shoot the messenger and all that...


Hate to say it... but jan... that does happen to men and women equally... its too common whether its in homosexual or straight relationships rape/physical violence is far too common and the actual statistics on the matter are skewed due to men feeling unable to go to the police or ask for help.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 2, 2013 at 18:14

.... but come back next Sunday. Google Glass and: How much rent should those whingy Gitmo-inmates pay?

Treab  Jun. 2, 2013 at 23:37

PS Treab, I'm speechless.

jan... work with people with history of abuse it happens to everyone no matter the age group/race/creed or sex...

Treab  Jun. 2, 2013 at 23:41

wtf who deleted most of jans posts...

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 2, 2013 at 23:46

wtf who deleted most of jans posts...

Jan did.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 2, 2013 at 23:53

Also: this has been most enlightening. Thanks, ahem.... lads.

John1980Tr  Jun. 6, 2013 at 17:16

Facebook Home for iPhone launches on App Store today

[mod edit: no, it does NOT! You linked to a 3rd party Facebook app that imitates the Home style.]

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