Desktop Facebook is a minimalist Facebook desktop client for the Mac: the application allows you to browse Facebook without opening a web browser. It runs on your menu bar, and when you click on Desktop Facebook's icon, a new window will appear at the top of the screen, which will show Facebook's mobile version. If you own a smartphone, you are probably familiar with this view. It isn't a bad way of browsing Facebook, but some users will definitely not like it, while others might love it. I am in the former group. I just don't think using a desktop client can replace using a web browser.
Well, enough with my personal preference, let me tell you exactly what this app can and can't do. For starters, you can forget about chatting with it. Desktop Facebook simply doesn't have the chat component. Also, I wasn't able to play any videos from my friends' posts. I also thought it was hard to navigate into my liked pages and groups and I couldn't find an option to upload photos. For the rest, this app worked like a charm. You can post status updates, comment on your friends posts and message them, check your inbox, add new friends and browse the ones you already have, etc.
From the "More" menu, you can access the desktop version of the site, but it doesn't look good because you have to scroll horizontally and vertically since the window can't be resized.
All in all, this app has its advantages and its disadvantages, and I am sure some of you will love it and some of you will be quick to uninstall it.
- It works well
- It is snappy
- It uses the mobile version of Facebook, which has limitations
- No chat