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  • Lead Developer of Facebook iPad App Leaves Facebook, Speaks Out

    Nearly two months ago TechCrunch found and leaked Facebook’s iPad app. The code for the app was found in its entirety hidden within the code for the iPhone app. The man behind this feature complete official iPad Facebook App aired out his grievances with Facebook on his personal blog today.

    Jeff Verkoeyen—the lead engineer for the iPad Facebook App—announced today on his blog he is leaving Facebook for a position at Google. Verkoeyen detailed his departure from Facebook and the frustrations his team faced developing the iPad Facebook app.

    It is now nearly 5 months since the app was feature complete and I haven’t seen it released except for when the project was leaked on Techcrunch. Needless to say this was a frustrating experience for me. The experience of working on this app was a large contribution to the reasons why I left Facebook, though that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a difficult decision.— Verkoeyen
    The original plan, according to Verkoeyen, was to launch the app around May, which then got pushed back to sometime in June/July. In Verkoeyen’s post he alluded to “reasons” and “details” behind the apps delay that he didn’t want to get into. These reasons and details likely revolve around an ongoing feud between Facebook and Apple over the social network's integration into iOS 5. Apple and Facebook were reportedly working on a deep integration of Facebook into iOS 5, but that was killed and Apple went with Twitter in its place.

    Facebook has gone on to combat iOS and other platforms with its Spartan project. Spartan is a giant HTML5 platform project Facebook is developing to provide users with the same Facebook experience native Android and iOS apps would without having to deal with Google or Apples terms and conditions. Facebook, as TechCrunch hypothesizes, could be using the native iPad app as a bargaining chip with Apple.

    Verkoeyen clarified with TechCrunch that he hasn’t been working on the iPad app for some time now and that he enjoyed his time working on the app and he was in no way “trying to lash out at Facebook.”

    Source: TechCrunch
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Lead Developer of Facebook iPad App Leaves Facebook, Speaks Out started by Phillip Swanson View original post
    Comments 32 Comments
    1. The6uest's Avatar
      The6uest -
      I wish I had kept the previous version of Facebook instead of updating because the iPad version was pretty nice. If I had known the new version removed the iPad code I wouldn't have updated.
    1. Italia411's Avatar
      Italia411 -
      Seriously I found out a buddy I grew up with passed away six months later so that's why I gave in and got a fb. I could of made his wake/funeral if I had one sooner. Also since then I have reconnected with people I pretty much forgot existed and some people I had some amazing memories growing up with. I share pictures of my kids as well with friends and family and enjoy seeing theirs. Granted some people who post every 15 mins need to get a life as well as people being phony but that's what the block feature is for No drama here on fb.
    1. GrandMstrBud's Avatar
      GrandMstrBud -
      Wow why is there only 1 reply to this? I figured more than one person would have a comment about this.
    1. 14u2nv's Avatar
      14u2nv -
      ^^ says the person compelled to voice their opinion on yet another "social" site.
    1. vantheman169's Avatar
      vantheman169 -
      Quote Originally Posted by GrandMstrBud View Post
      Wow why is there only 1 reply to this? I figured more than one person would have a comment about this.
      Because MMi hides (site has some bugs) comments from the users, its like a scavenger hunt. Just click VIEW ORIGINAL POST and all will be revealed.
    1. confucious's Avatar
      confucious -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      And didn't the original facebook app creator leave too?
      Yes, that was some time ago though.

      I like the iPad app, it's a bit of a pain not being able to just 'update all' in the appbstore though. Hopefully the full app will be released with iOS5.

      And I am way older than 25....
    1. GrandMstrBud's Avatar
      GrandMstrBud -
      Fixing things that are not broke, doesn't that sound familiar around here
    1. Whetto939's Avatar
      Whetto939 -
      so....you claim that people who use facebook have no lives, yet you take time out of your day to comment on a MMi story...interesting....
    1. boxxa's Avatar
      boxxa -
      I am OK with Twitter being integrated with the iOS but if Apple ever integrated Facebook into the OS, I would never own another iPhone again. I hate Facebook as it is mostly due to their security and privacy issues with tracking its users. I would never want that integrated in something as personal as my iPhone.
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      Quote Originally Posted by superman4tqfp View Post
      So do phone calls and text messages. Grow up. You don't have time for actual conversations but everyone has time to read/post about their cats. Sure. FB definitely has its uses but it can just as detrimental.
      Well guess what, I don't have the phone contact info for most of the people on my FB. If I want to contact someone who is in my phone, I'll use my phone. For everyone else there's FB.

      Twitter is another thing altogether. I personally don't really care to associate with Twitter or "tweeting" whatsoever.
    1. KartRacer's Avatar
      KartRacer -
      Quote Originally Posted by jbardi View Post
      You are obviously below the age of 25
      Your IQ is obviously below 25. Some of us like to converse with friends on Facebook because, guess what? We don't live close to one another anymore. Some of my friends are still in the military and Facebook allows me to share things with them and converse with them whenever I want. Telephones and email can do this to but a setting like Facebook allows me to see pics of them and their families quickly and easily. I'm 29 and over half my friends on Facebook don't live within a days drive of me.

      Quote Originally Posted by SwatPac View Post
      I don't like Facebook because all I've seen it do is create drama and conflict for the people I know. My friend got his jaw broken as he was jumped by five guys over some stupid rumor on Facebook. The people I've seen use Facebook are usually not the brightest anyways. Over 90% of the time, it's just dumb people saying dumb stuff that gets them into bad situations. As for getting in touch with old friends and family, you could just use this thing I heard about called a phone. I see the whole "Social Networking" thing as a fad and nothing else.
      Then your "friends" and other people you see involved in the "drama" are immature morons. Facebook is not a fault, it's the low intelligence and maturity of your friends that is the problem. Blaming alcohol for your actions while intoxicated is just as stupid. Your friends and others were stupid and childish before Facebook was around and they will continue to be after it's gone. Phones and the cost to use them aren't always easy when friends live all over the world like mine do. I can't call all of my friends on the phone but I can talk to them on Skype and Facebook and other means for free. Your "fad" opinion of something that has been around for a good period of time and doesn't look to be going away is tainted by the stupidity and immaturity of your friends, Facebook is not at fault for making them stupid and immature. That is their own fault.
    1. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
      PatrickGSR94 -
      ^^^ well said, KR! Most everyone has busy lives. Usually when one person has time to chat, other people don't. So with FB you can leave messages and stuff and other people can comment or get back with you later. IMHO it's a great TOOL to help you stay connected.