Facebook Camera Hits Snags With Location, App Overcrowding

By Julie D. Andrews 

Facebook users may be saying a few other things besides “cheese” when discussing new iPhone application Facebook Camera, as the app has sprouted some logistical issues.

BuzzFeed reports that iPhone users who turn off location services on their devices are not able to access their camera rolls through Camera, explaining that Facebook’s new app directly accesses the camera roll, unlike other photo-sharing apps, which use the standard image-choosing feature of Apple’s iOS to access photos.

According to BuzzFeed, it doesn’t matter whether users have already permitted Camera to use location, and Windows Phone Photos Product Manager Josh Debner told BuzzFeed via Twitter:

It’s an iOS limitation in order to be able to multi-select. Otherwise you would have had to pick one photo at a time.

And with Camera — the Instagram-inspired photo-sharing app justifying the $1 billion acquisition — joining Pages Manager for page administrators, and Messenger, there is now now a trio of stand-alone Facebook apps vying for space on users’ iPhone screens, along with the main Facebook iPhone app and users’ other apps. Which will get relegated from the main screen, and could the answer to that question cost Facebook users and their clicks, likes, and comments?

These are among the growing pangs affecting the largest social network in its attempt to shift to mobile, posits Josh Constine for TechCrunch, because Facebook, remember, was built for the Web, not mobile. He wrote:

Facebook can’t keep cutting off limbs to make it more lightweight, and it can’t just trim the fat of lesser-used features. It needs to convert fat to muscle so that its main app stays the same size, but feels better, faster, stronger.

It remains to be seen whether the bulky social network will translate to mobile’s slim format. But the social network will have to endure this learn-as-you-go struggle if it wants to play for keeps in the mobile wars, because everyone knows that mobile is the new PC, and most Facebookers access the social network through smartphones.

Readers: Do you agree that Facebook risks losing users if they have to start to pick and choose their Facebook apps to avoid smartphone clutter?

Screen grabs courtesy of BuzzFeed and TechCrunch, respectively.