Let’s be honest, we are in the midst of an era where our lives are so dependent on applications, or apps for short. Case in point, a majority of the wired generation–myself included–are so “Apple’d” that our handheld devices might as well be our oxygen tank. Due to the increasingly hectic lifestyle, it is almost important to stay still and also be productive. That is why mobility is key and instead of sticking to the good ol’ desktops and laptops, developers are on the race to mobile-optimize their websites to keep us hooked and connected 24/7. Truth be told, I can get a little app happy, meaning I like to download a ton of these little programs that I think one day may cater to my needs (they don’t) until my home screen gets absurdly cluttered, then comes the apps purge.
The point is, we only have limited storage and screen space on our phone, and the Internet is like apps galore. Only those relevant would stand the test of time and find a niche on our devices. Facebook, as part of their world domination plan, has bombarded us with an arsenal of apps. Here’s the list:
Facebook: The flagship app that unfortunately we cannot live without.
Poke: A Snapchat-esque attempt for self-destructive messages that flopped.
Camera: Why do we need another camera app again?
Paper: An attempt to rival Flipboard. (Is anyone still using this?)
Messenger: A stand-alone messaging app that sports all the same functions the Facebook app does. How redundant.
Most of these apps are so irrelevant and users are already deleting them off of their phones. Why have a million little programs on your screen when you could have one that does it all?
Shockingly enough, Facebook is forcing users to download Messenger by removing the messaging feature from their main app. This has naturally caused quite an uproar. Everyone is still complaining about getting used to the new interface (as they do every new design roll-out). Business are in disdain because Facebook is eating their content visibility unless they pay. And now we are forced to download an app we don’t want?
It is completely understandable if you want to mutter something that starts with F and does not end with acebook. After all, as end-users, any drastic changes are unwelcome. Lance Ulanoff has listed all 11 Reasons Why Pulling Messenger From Facebook Mobile Is a Terrible Idea on Mashable. Allegedly Facebook representatives saw the post and retorted with explanations to why Messenger will benefit us by standing apart from the core app. Take a look at how Ulanoff and Facebook present themselves and decide for yourselves if it is worth dedicating extra space for Messenger.