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5 Alternatives To Using The New Facebook App For Android

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New Facebook App For Android Alternatives

Have you read the NEW Facebook terms on their Android app?

You may want too RIGHT now, since Facebook is basically throwing your privacy out the window with their Android App.

I will give you one fact I learned from reading Danny Brown’s post…

“Facebook can now read all your text messages no matter if they are private or not, and can then use that information as they see fit”

Just straight CRAZINESS… Right?? new facebook app for android

As soon as I read that, I removed Facebook, Page Manager and Facebook Messenger of my phone and started looking for alternatives to the Facebook app for Android.

I have to say I was surprised at how little I found, I was thinking there would be 20 or more good options to choose from, but there wasn’t.

This is probably because the Facebook app WAS so damn good… haha that is a BIG was.

But I did find a few good options and I personally tested out 4 and also came up with one option that is working really well for me.

Now, if your privacy matters to YOU, then it may be time to make some changes to how you access Facebook on mobile.

 

Here are my 5 Alternatives To The New Facebook App for Android!


fast for facebook   Fast for Facebook

Fast is a free client and was born from the idea to give a great and full experience even to the less powerful device!

Fast also works as a social reader, you can organize your list and read-share all the stories from your favorite blogs or newspapers.

  • Use as a news reader creating your own lists of pages or friends
  • Read notifications and manage events
  • View videos from YouTube and Facebook directly in the app
  • Deep User Interface customization
  • Optional Security pin against snoopy
  • Download Pictures, Videos and Conversations from Facebook directly in your device

 

sesmic for facebook    Seesmic for Facebook

Seesmic for Twitter and Facebook is one of the best Android apps to manage your social networks in one place.

  • Mute feature! Remove messages from your timeline based on content (from Twitter, Facebook) or Twitter @usernames (with autocomplete to help you select the right twitter user).
  • Full integration of Facebook, including managing and posting to administered Facebook pages
  • The best Twitter client on Android, with all the features you need in a simple but powerful interface
  • Add a widget so you won’t ever miss a single update, from any service.

 

flipster for facebook  Flipster for Facebook

Flipster offers full access to the most important Facebook features, just faster and easier to use. It’s free, simple & fun!

  • 18 beautiful themes, 30 fonts and 6 font sizes you can make it your own
  • Lightning Fast, Flipster is highly optimized for mobile devices and faster than the official Facebook app.
  • Access Facebook on your mobile device without giving Facebook access to your private information such as contacts, text messages, emails and calendar.

 

friendcaster  Friendcaster

Friendcaster offers a beautiful interface, lots of unique features and push notifications.

  • Full news feed
  • Quick access to posting status updates, photos and videos
  • Zip It – hide posts by user or application
  • Six beautiful themes
  • ?Displays your full size cover photo on the app opening screen
  • Support for multiple accounts

 

I have tried all the apps above and if I had to choose one app as the best, I would say Fast for Facebook, it’s light and fast.

I decided to try something else that I am now using. (Options 5)

Go to Facebook on Chrome and once you are logged in, go to settings and choose “Save to Home Screen”

This will add a Facebook icon on your home screen just like you had when you used the Facebook app.

Now when I want to visit Facebook, I just click the icon and it sends me to the Facebook website in Chrome and functions pretty much the way Facebook does on your desktop.

This works pretty close to how the app functions, so it feels like you still have the app :)

The only negative so far is normally you can upload a picture to Facebook from your photo gallery, now you can’t since you don’t have the app, you have to go to Facebook then upload it there as if you was on the desktop.

For me, this is a much better option then using the new Facebook app for Android.

 

Hope these options help you stay safer when using Facebook and TY to Danny for his blog post

To me, my privacy trumps everything, so I don’t mind losing a little convenience or bells and whistles when using Facebook.

The answer isn’t to stop using Facebook, it’s more about managing it, getting the benefits from it, and staying safe at the same time.

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  • http://forthatwhichmatters.blogspot.com/ Shanna Hall

    Ugh! Removed them as well.

  • http://cashwithatrueconscience.com/rbblog Ryan Biddulph

    Great list JP….Facebook is at it again lol.

  • umapathy sekar

    I have uninstalled the Facebook app from my mobile :)

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    Thanks Ryan.. seems they are at it a lot lately lol

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    Smart :)

  • http://kristihines.com/ Kristi Hines

    Supposedly, they need access to messages because…

    “If you add a phone number to your account, this allows us to confirm your phone number automatically by finding the confirmation code that we send via text message.”

    There are also some other interesting “reasons” they need access to everything on the last FAQ – https://www.facebook.com/help/151024075021791/

    Seems like they could be just like any other app and wait for you to type the confirm code in.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    Thanks for adding to this Kristi, they can use any excuse they want too, at the end of the day it’s a BIG mistake to play with people’s privacy like this.

    Giving up a little privacy is one thing, but to now go into private areas or even any areas of my phone is crossing the line.

  • Ella Buitenman

    I wonder whether others are truly interested in privacy. If privacy is such a huge concern why do people not just stop using FB all together?
    I’ve banned FB from my phones, apps, live. And I know of others that did so too.
    How long can FB keep on going like this you think?

  • http://www.foodassault.com/ Trent Carpenter

    Great heads-up JP, thanks. I’m an iOS user……I wonder if they’ll go in the same direction with this app soon.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    Not sure Trent, but I’m if not yet, it will happen soon.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    Ella, I agree, but privacy online on any site is a myth. Doesnt creep you out when you visit a site, then see ads on other sites matching? I know it smart advertising, but its creepy.

    Facebook has had privacy issue from day one, but with settings you can control it mostly, but this new update on their app is going WAY to far.

    I have said it before, when FB went public, it was the beginning of the end for them, I give them 5 yrs for them to become the next Myspace.

  • Ella Buitenman

    Well, it depends. Sometimes it is nice that the choice is already filtered to my desires. But usually I like that only within a certain domain. For instance Amazon.
    When I browse I don’t want to be limited at all. That’s one of the reasons I don’t use Google Search anymore.
    Basically, I want to the the one who decides which sites knows what about me.
    I hope that it wont take 5 years btw. ;)

  • http://www.skipprichard.com/ Skip Prichard

    Glad you created this list. I literally just joined FB. Why so long? Because I do not trust them. And this shows why.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    Good to see you Skip… yea, they are always making moves that worry me, this was just over the top. I had to let them go.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    It sucks, but you have to be safe first.

  • http://www.evolutionarydesigns.net/blog James

    I’m really getting tired of Facebook and their need to know what everyone is saying, doing, and texting. They have no reason to know what we are doing outside of Facebook.

    With that being said, I don’t keep Facebook on my phone. I do carry an android based MP3 player around and tablets when needed. Both of those devices are stripped down with the basics. There nothing on there, I that would care about others seeing.

    At some point, I will stop using Facebook on my production desktop and laptop and keep my trusty tablet around. At some point, web version will be just as bad…

    Thanks for the Facebook alternative apps. I’ve been looking for a new one. I will have to check those out.

  • http://www.johnpaulaguiar.com/ John Paul

    I’m with you James.. they keep pushing and pushing the limit and at some point it will hurt them.

    I am still using the method of getting on FB thru Chrome and still works fine, so not missing the app at all.