The Facebook BlackBerry app by RIM doesn’t seem to be refreshing ever since the new Facebook layout. This is therefore the perfect time to talk about how useless this app really is. Here are my Top 5 pet peeves about the BlackBerry Facebook app.
1. No Video Support
The fact that you can’t view embedded YouTube videos in the Facebook app really hurts the experience. Also, even though you can send pictures to Facebook with the app, you can’t send video.
2. Load Times
The fact that the Facebook app needs to refresh your Friends list every single time you boot up the app is a little ridiculous. It should know based on your Address Book and push any additional contacts the minute they’re added. In general, I find every action on the Facebook app tedious.
3. The Icons
Whoever designed the icons for the Facebook app needs to redo them in the next version. I find I often have to leave the cursor over the icon and wait for the description, because the icon is so vague. For example, the My Albums and Photos of Me icons are almost identical.
4. Inviting Friends
The whole point of RIM developing the Facebook app is so that it can integrate with your BlackBerry. How come I can’t add contacts from my BlackBerry Address Book automatically? I have to manually type in their name. Most friend adding systems allow you to simply scroll through a list selecting people. The app should also know who is already a Facebook friend and suggest new ones.
5. The Bugs!
The above bug is just the beginning of the torment that this app puts me through. I very often get error messages that I can’t connect. Generally, whenever I actually need to use the app it doesn’t work.
Am I way off-base here? Do you guys like the Facebook app?