Jesse Brown writes about the new Facebook Home for Maclean’s:
But what it is is an assumption that users want to use Facebook to filter everything they do with their smartphones. That’s not how Zuckerberg put it—he presented Home as a tool that lets people view the world through the lens of their friends. We don’t want a grid of apps when we swipe our phones on, he argued, we want to know who’s saying what, who’s doing what, and most of all, who’s trying to communicate with us. Putting friends first isn’t a bad concept for the smart-phone experience. But Facebook thinks that friends = Facebook and Facebook = friends. If this were ever true, it isn’t now.
This is an excellent point: when I think about Facebook and the people I interact with there, I don’t think of many of my closest friends. If I compare my current phone’s favorite contacts to my Facebook friends, several key names are missing. The others hardly interact with me on Facebook. The site is certainly a tool, and has value to me, but I find it hard to imagine as something central in my life.
Related: Why Facebook Home Bothers Om Malik