Do we need a Facebook Phone?

Facebook is building a phone! My commentary follows, but here are some quick bits of the sordid tale:

Whiplash anyone? In the news:

My phone (the HTC Aria with with Android 2.1) has a Facebook application that ships with the handset. In fact, it has two: a decent native Facebook application (© Facebook 2010) for starts, and an HTC product called Friend Stream; essentially a Facebook and Twitter status aggregator / updater. It’s a bit underpowered, but aggregation is always handy, if baseline functionality is met.

When baseline functionality is not met, it’s a shame to have to run two applications to complete a task. As a result, I ignore Friend Stream and interact with the native applications. This further underscores the value of having a non-dedicated device: you can do what you want to do; load and run the applications you want, comment and update when you want. After all, you are the common denominator of your work, private and social lives.

Do we need a Facebook phone? I sure don’t. Do you?

About Michael Coates
I am a pragmatic evangelist. The products, services and solutions I write about fulfill real-world expectations and use cases. I stay up-to-date on real products I use and review, and share my thoughts here. I apply the same lens when designing an architecture, product or when writing papers. I am always looking for ways that technology can create or enhance a business opportunity .. not just technology for technology's sake. My CV says: Seasoned technology executive, leveraging years of experience with enterprise and integration architectural patterns, executed with healthy doses of business acumen and pragmatism. That's me. My web site says: Technology innovations provide a myriad of opportunities for businesses. That said, having the "latest and greatest" for its own sake isn't always a recipe for success. Business successes gained through exploiting innovation relies on analysis of how the new features will enhance your business followed by effective implementation. Goals vary far and wide: streamlining operations, improving customer experience, extending brand, and many more. In all cases, you must identify and collect the metrics you can apply to measure your success. Analysis must be holistic and balanced: business and operational needs must be considered when capitalizing on a new technology asset or opportunity.

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