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“My decision to stop iPhone development has had everything to do with Apple’s policies.” – Joe Hewitt

In the early days of social networking, the dominant player was MySpace. As time went by, MySpace was joined by other players like Facebook and Twitter. MySpace has since lost the top position in the social networking world to Facebook.

In October, traffic numbers for September 2009 for social networking sites came in and Facebook had over 300 million users, pushing MySpace to second place in user numbers. One of the things that Facebook users on the iPhone enjoy and that contributed to the user numbers is the Facebook iPhone app, which is the most popular app on the App Store.

The developer that built the Facebook app for the iPhone has quit development for the iPhone and passed the app off to another engineer at Facebook. TechCrunch reports that Facebook App developer Joe Hewitt is still at Facebook and is simply working on new projects.

Exactly what projects the Hewitt is working on are unknown. As for the reason why the developer stopped developing for the iPhone, the reason is clear. Hewitt said, "My decision to stop iPhone development has had everything to do with Apple’s policies." Hewitt says that he is "philosophically opposed" to the existence of a review process and that he is worried Apple's policy might be implemented by other companies seeking to mimic Apple's App store success.

Apple has been under increasing scrutiny for its practices of approving and disapproving apps that are seemingly haphazardly enforced. Apple has found itself in hot water with the FCC after the FCC asked AT&T and Apple to explain why they rejected Google Voice from the App Store.

One particularly tough question the FCC posed to the AT&T and Apple was, "Do any devices that operate on AT&T’s network allow use of the Google Voice application? Do any devices that operate on AT&T’s network allow use of other applications that have been rejected for the iPhone."

Despite Hewitt's stepping away form iPhone development for Facebook, the social networking giant still has people working on its iPhone application. Perhaps the action by a high profile developer will spur others to speak out about the Apple app approval process.

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Facebook Navigation
By Mitch101 on 11/12/2009 10:42:25 AM , Rating: 2
Am I the only person who finds facebook navigation painful? Unless its in e-mail or on my wall its painful to navigate. Clicking on my friends it never wants to list them it always wants to try and show me people I might know. Photo uploads are painful because not all the pictures I want to upload are in the same place so I have to prep a directory of images before I upload them. They really could use improvements to the navigation of facebook.

RE: Facebook Navigation
By aapocketz on 11/12/2009 2:47:36 PM , Rating: 2
Some of the navigation is annoying, stuff seems to show up in multiple places, and settings aren't clear and facebook applications are annoying and have to be blocked one by one.

As far as uploading photos, there is a decent plugin to picasa which is what I use to organize photos. The biggest problem with sharing photos online is I find I have to upload them to facebook, picasaweb, flickr and so on to allow people to see them, and if people comment on them or tag people, you cant "sync" easily these multiple accounts.

RE: Facebook Navigation
By damianrobertjones on 11/12/2009 4:32:43 PM , Rating: 2
Hover over the friends section, then click 'All friends' in the drop down that appears.

RE: Facebook Navigation
By kmmatney on 11/12/2009 11:17:22 PM , Rating: 2
I actually find it easier to navigate from the iPhone app than from the web page itself. Less crap in the way

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