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Facebook's 'Paper' App Continues to Stand on Its Own
By: Isaiah Reed
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The Facebook-owned app Paper released an update today adding a few well-known Facebook features, but wants to make clear that they’re still separate and more flexible than the main Facebook app. The new features include Birthdays and Events, photo comments, group updates, and new story buttons for a quick refresh on today’s news.

Facebook is known to add new features to its main website and app, but rarely do they remove things. The same goes for Paper, and it can be a challenge to work these features into the clearly laid-out, simplistic design that it currently uses. Facebook recently added the “Nearby Friends” feature to its mobile app, but this didn’t make it into Paper’s latest update.

“We’ve tried to keep Paper independent, and focus on the core things we’re doing and not get caught up in larger strategies going on in the main Facebook app,” said Michael Reckhow, via The Verge.

Paper also has no plans to remove its messaging functionality as the main Facebook app has in hopes of more users using Facebook Messenger. Paper is designed to find relevant stories to read and share with your friends and this ability would be diminished if you could only post something to your wall and not privately message it.

Allowing an app like Paper to do what it feels is a good move for Facebook. There are some who think the official app is bloated with too many features and difficult navigation. It would be in Facebook’s best interest to keep Paper running lean and mean and straightforward in its main functionality: finding stories and sharing them.


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About the Author
Isaiah has a bachelors degree in Public Relations and has to try every new social networking app at least once. An avid gamer who loves to write he has written freelance for various video game and technology websites. Feel free to follow him on twitter @isaiahreed. isaiah.reed@icloud.com
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