Facebook Paper: Initial Thoughts
While most teenagers are starting to believe Facebook is overrated, you can’t really deny the amount of users Facebook has worldwide. Where Facebook really started to come short was their poor entries in the mobile space where several apps including Instagram and Snapchat started to cannibalize user usage. The Facebook way of handling these new startups is to A) buy them or B) recreate their app. To me, I felt like Facebook tried to innovate but didn’t have the clearest vision.
In comes Paper, Facebook’s gorgeous new mobile app that aggregates what your friends are sharing, the news, and your own posts into a beautiful feed with whimsical gestures shedding the many of the old obtrusive buttons you’re used to. For the most part it works really well too. Design ethos wise, text needs to get larger and there is a little too much negative space in open stories, but Paper is no slouch when it comes to design. I like the idea of merging news with what people are posing but in terms of a full Facebook app replacement, I feel like the gestures and categories get convoluted really fast. I often felt almost dizzy trying to navigate through collections of stories too. Let’s see how far this effort from Facebook takes us, maybe it will be the app that finally replaces the classic Facebook app on your home screen.