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Facebook makes major update to iOS app

Facebook has updated its iOS client to include the ability to edit posts and comments.

Facebook iOS app

Though it might seem ironic being an Internet company, Facebook has acknowledged time and time again that it needs improve its mobile efforts.

From trying to incorporate it into Android homescreens with Facebook Home, to building on mobile-optimized platforms through its Onavo acquisition, Facebook seems to be obsessed with improving access from mobile devices.

One might wonder, though, why its mobile apps can sometimes be limited in functionality. For instance, previously, users who posted or uploaded photos from mobile devices could not edit content. In this scenario, the best way to fix a mistake or typographical error would be to delete the old post and re-do the post.

With Facebook’s latest v6.6 update for its iOS application, the app introduces several features that will make it easier for users to manage and find content:

  • First, the app now allows editing of posts, as well as comments right from the mobile app itself. This gives users the chance to fix minor mistakes or provide updates to their posts.
  • The iOS app now includes easy access to trending topics, so users can see what’s currently being discussed within one’s network.
  • The app now allows replying with photos.
  • An easy-access button for privacy settings is now included.

There is a concern that editing functionality is a potential risk, in terms of spam or bait-and-switch tactics by unscrupulous users. For instance, a user may upload a post or photo and then tag one’s friends. But then the post can be revised to reflect an ad or marketing message, which might be annoying to those who like the post or who are tagged.

For this purpose, edited posts indicate that they have been revised, and users can review all revisions made on the post or comment. The post and comment editing feature had actually been non-existent until June 2012, and was only made available to Android users as of September this year.

Download or update the Facebook iOS app via the iTunes App Store.

J. Angelo Racoma
J. Angelo Racoma has written extensively about mobile, social media, enterprise apps and startups. Angelo develops business case studies for Microsoft enterprise applications and services. He is also co-founder at WorkSmartr, a small outsourcing team.

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