This is what my newsfeed looks like when I open Facebook on my laptop.
Only one item is relevant which I’ve highlighted. There are three large ads, a trending section which has never once been interesting to me, and a very bloated side navigation also full of links I will almost never click.
When Facebook introduced the Paper app, I was all for it. It was creative, showed nothing but a stream of what my friends were posting, and, most importantly, had Messenger built in. It was was the best way to use Facebook from your phone.
Every “improvement” Facebook has made to it’s main app only made me thankful that Paper was there. I did not want a separate app for messaging. I did not like how the main Facebook app was a huge battery drain due to it’s excessive use of background activity. I certainly did not like how, for a time, nearly every three post was a “Suggested Post” (read: an ad).
I’ve since deleted Paper from my iPhone. I will not be reinstalling the Facebook app let alone that horrible stand-alone Messenger app. Something tells me my usage will be dropping off quite substantially.