Facebook isn’t thankful for mobile

As per my usual routine, I grabbed my tablet in bed before I had really woken up and checked Facebook. I was not surprised to see almost every post dealt with Thanksgiving. However, one of them mentioned “Instead of posting what I’m thankful for…” I thought that perhaps the poster was being snarky in relation to all of the other posts. But, then I discovered another one of my friends posting the exact same words.

I hadn’t thought about that coincidence when I used Chrome to get to the full Facebook website in order to look at tagged photos of someone I had met the previous night. I then noticed the below question: “What are you thankful for?”

Facebook status update box on the full website

Facebook had changed the status box to ask “What are you thankful for?” It turns out my friends were in fact commenting on this special Thanksgiving question. I switched over to the Android mobile app to update my status because I have had bad experiences using the full website on my tablet for text input. It then noticed that the special Thanksgiving day question didn’t appear. Perhaps changing the question within the app would have required an entire update, and so it isn’t worth it to change just for that question.

Facebook App
Facebook Mobile App status update
The regular question “What’s on your mind?”

My interest had been piqued however so I switched to my phone. I knew it was the same Android app so that wasn’t worthwhile to check, but I do in fact use the mobile website on my phone often since the app can be unbearably slow. Unfortunately I was not greeted with the same question and instead I saw the usual “What’s on your mind?”

Facebook Mobile Website Screenshot

The regular question “What’s on your mind?”

I know that Facebook could have easily updated their mobile website to the special Thanksgiving question. It didn’t. This shows that mobile is still an afterthought at the company. Ideally it should even be able to update the app question without pushing out an entirely new update if it is in fact a technological limitation. I suspect not. Other content is updated within the app, what would make the status box question unable to be updated on the back end? Nothing. I don’t think it is a technical problem and more of a problem of priorities. They are not a mobile first company.

Yes, this is a diminutive detail but it is indicative of their mobile strategy that does not bode well for the company. Whichever team on Facebook decided to update the status update question for Thanksgiving did not work with the mobile team, or the mobile team was not able to deliver a technical solution. Neither speaks well of the company. Google managed to update their Thanksgiving doodle on their mobile website, Facebook needs to step up its game in order to compete.

How to get the cr48 search key in Ubuntu

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This article got me thinking about how much I really wanted this for my own computer. I am an internet addict, and have never used the Caps Lock key in the first place. It turns out that since I am running ubuntu, it’s not that hard to do with just a little bit of easy work in the terminal, and a few minor tweaks. Note however that this sets it to one browser only, and if you use multiple browsers, only one of them gets the shortcut. Since I have switched to Chrome a few weeks ago, I have set it to Chrome, but if another browser is your primary browser, I’ve included code for that as well.  The only disadvantage is that it only works for one browser at a time, and thus for people using multiple browsers, you would have to manually switch it between them, or only have it work for one. I wish I could set it to open a new tab in whatever browser you are currently using, but I don’t have the knowledge on how to do that, I think it would require some sort of script.

1) Disable the Caps Lock Key.

Enter in terminal Code:

xmodmap -e “clear Lock”

2) Install xbindkeys

a) Code:

sudo apt-get install xbindkeys

b) Install xbindkeys-config, it’s a GTK frontend for xbindkeys so it’ easy to configure xbindkeys with that.

Code:

sudo apt-get install xbindkeys-config

c) Configuration

Launch xbindkeys :

Code:

xbindkeys

d) Then launch the GUI :

Code:

xbindkeys-config

3) Create Shortcut for search key

a) Select New

b) Change the name from Remark to Search Key

c) Click ‘Get Key’

d) Wait for the dialog box to pop up, then hit the caps lock key

e) Change Action from Command to

Code for Chrome:

/opt/google/chrome/google-chrome –new-tab http://google.com

Code for Firefox:

firefox -new-tab http://google.com

Code for Epiphany:

epiphany-browser –new-tab http://google.com

Code for Opera:

/usr/bin/opera –new-tab http://google.com

4) Click ‘Apply’

5) Click ‘Save & Apply & Exit’

6) If using chrome it should look like the screenshot below

This is what it should look like

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