Facebook launches Paper on iOS
One can easily say that this is going to be the first standalone apps which have been released by the Facebook Creative Labs. By the way the Facebook Creative Labs is a special area within Facebook structure where it has been intended to bring more and more standalone apps, hence this Facebook Paper App can be the start which everyone is expecting. Although Facebook itself is tight lipped about which will be the next such standalone app to hit the market soon.
If we talk about the latest standalone app of Facebook Paper, it has the flipboard kind of a user interface. It welcomes the user with a certain paper feed which has a large photo from a popular story at the top and rest of the stories follow it below that popular story.
In ‘a Facebook Paper’ presented to you, you can read the organized stories from a various sections like for example food, movies, photography and more. There are as much as 19 such sections to start with and one can expect to have more such sections to be added soon.
One must take note about the fact that this is not ‘your Facebook Paper’ which means whatever the Facebook Paper shows is not going to show your friend’s feeds but it is like a newspaper. It has been presented by the Facebook Paper’s news curation algorithm and ofcourse the humans, in other words the editors working at Facebook. Currently you can choose the stories alright but it is not going to be personalized. This only means that all the persons around the world, using this app will see the same stories on their screens. Although if you like a certain story you can share it with your friends.
Will the Facebook Paper be an alternative to the main Facebook app?
Well it is a tough question to answer if you know both the apps really well. The main Facebook app is for an engagement with the news feeds which are secured from the people who are in your friend’s list. But over here in the Facebook Paper app it is not like that. One can see the news feeds even from those people who are not in your list but their feed has been chosen by the Facebook Algorithm and the Facebook editors. But yes at the same time this app has bigger images and a wonderful interface than of the main app, one can imagine it may get popular among the Facebook users more than its main app in future.
Currently the Facebook Paper app is ad free, neither it includes those sponsored stories as well. But the rumor is that once people start to get addicted with this app and start using it more and more Facebook will certainly bring ads and those sponsored stories as well. But currently one can enjoy it without them.
The Facebook Paper app right now is available in United States iPhone users only. It was launched on 3rd of February. Facebook Papper app for rest of the iPhone users of the world and ofcourse for the Android users is expected to come soon.