The Opinionist’s Short and Quick Review of the New Facebook Paper App

So I’ve been using FB’s new Paper app. It’s a different kind of FB experience IMHO and I don’t see it replacing the FB app many is used to however glowing the reviews are coming in from tech blogs.

The plus the of the app is it’s magazine-like interface so news discovery is wonderful and I love the page flip effect (similar to FlipBoard only vertical). The minus of the app is it makes fast scanning or scrolling of friends posts difficult (almost impossible actually) especially with the use of tiny fonts on preview panels.

Ultimately it really depends on what you want Facebook to be for you. I think it’s great that Facebook users can get two vastly different experiences from two different apps yet staying within the same content stream.

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Infographic: State of Mobile 2013

Without a doubt, we know the spike of the mobile statistics. But just in case that you need more convincing, here’s an infographic from Super Monitoring on the State of Mobile 2013. Some stats that caught my eye:

  • 50% of global mobile web users use mobile as either their primary or only source of going online
  • 18% of mobile users access web via mobile browser, same as mobile users who access Facebook – also 18%
  • 80% use mobile to enhance their shopping experience; that’s almost ubiquitous

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