I just deleted my Facebook iOS app. I hung onto it for a while, feeling like I needed it, but in the last month or so, it’s become unbearably slow and crashy.
The other day, I had to open it three times in succession for it to even work, and even then, it took me a good 10 minutes to accomplish the task I set out to do in the first place. A day after that, I went to post a status update — a plain-text status update, not a photo or anything like that — and it flat-out failed. On Wi-Fi.
Luckily, as Lifehacker pointed out today, I’m not totally stranded if I need Facebook on the go: Facebook’s mobile site is basically the exact same thing, only, you know, it actually works. I just tested it — it’s faster, it crashes less and it’s pretty much the exact same experience you’d get through the app on a good day. (The only difference seems to be that the home-screen app icon is the old, non-flat Facebook “f.”) On top of that, it greatly reduces the amount of battery charge that the app would otherwise use up.
I’ll keep using the mobile site through the week and update this post if it presents any challenges that require me to switch back to the app. In the meantime, I’m just glad to have that damn thing off my phone for a bit.