"The item you tried to buy is no longer available."
Same here... can't download
Screenshotting QR codes to join chat rooms? No thanks. Also the onboarding is pretty confusing, not much feedback or guidance.
Yeah WTF. And the don't explain this anywhere. Take a screenshot, and then upload that screenshot. What a WONDERFUL workflow. Seriously I'm already in the APP why do I need to screenshot… whoever put this app out was drunk.
The forums are ugly… the discussions are totally disconnected from anyone. It's just a random board posting on a campus that feels completely isolated from the rest of the earth. Whoever released the setup workflow was drunk. I can't believe someone was allowed to release this and though it was okay.
DID ANYONE try this on someone other than the 5 people coding the app? Like someone in the real world? WTF
I actually went back to it today after thinking about it. Seamlessly joining a room by holding my phone up in front of my Mac felt pretty cool. Also the initial wave of useless "hi", and "what is going on" comments seem to have disappeared. Also there's a blend of iOS and Android UI elements that I find pretty neat.
As a big fan of forums and sites like this I can see the value in Rooms if it gets a decent level of adoption. It's not really an app for chat rooms like I first though, it seems more like a topic/post-based bulletin board, like DN or HN.
Is there an easy way to create room codes as stickers yet?
The QR code thing is hilarious.
Ha ha there are companies and categories.
I was hesitant at first since I don't enjoy Facebook (the company) that much but Rooms is great. I've been using it for almost an hour now (https://twitter.com/erenemre/status/525336856494231553) and can't stop since then.
Oh, and I created a Design room, if you'd like to come and share cool things:
I'm sorry that you don't enjoy Facebook (the company) but hopefully we've managed to make it up to you with Rooms. :)
Travis, any idea if and when Rooms will open up for stores besides the US Store?
I just got it and I'm in the UK
how did you make this link to add here?
Its has elements from facebook paper and amazing UI sounds. Fb always amazes me their UI sounds. Good job guys!
Our sound design team is awesome. I'm always amazed.
Hmm, I wonder if this is what the old Branch crew has been working on at Facebook :)
I kinda hate that I have to fill up my phone's photo library with screenshots of QR codes for this app to be useful. Other than that, it's an awesome concept.
I think it's interesting how they have taken the Android UI widget with the vertical dots and ported it to an app that only runs on iOS.
My thoughts exactly..
I hope not to sound snarky, but just for education's sake, that's called the overflow menu :)
Nah not snarky, I didn't actually know what the technical term was. It's definitely not as popular and controversial as its hamburger cousin.
Android has 82%market share, and yet Facebook releases this as iOS only. Amazing.
*82% in China, where Facebook is blocked. Come on.
Okay. Then even by the most conservative numbers, Android market share in the USA is at least 50%. In what other industry this large is it acceptable to ignore half of the market?
You're assuming that iOS and Android users are created equal, when web usage statistics indicate that iOS users use their devices far more than Android users.
I'd argue we can safely extrapolate that app usage statistics are similar to web usage, hence a greater focus on iOS from companies like Facebook.
Acceptable? Who decides what platform is acceptable to release on? You? As far as I know, Facebook is an independent company and have the freedom to release stuff on whatever platform they want.
It's ok to be upset if you don't get any cool apps on your Samsung or whatever though. Understandable.
You're also making the assumption that all of the apps features are supported on every version of Android. For example, I built this Emoji Social network prototype in iOS. On Android, Emojis haven't always been native to the OS and it's not documented on Google's release notes which version introduced native emojis. So instead of trying to figure out what version of what OS, for which phones support the feature I need natively, I simply wrote the app for iOS only to start.
If Android has 50% in the US, any feature which is not supported across all versions of hardware and all versions of software takes the percentage below 50%.
Oh and if you know when Android started supporting native emoji's I'd love to know.
No, I'm not assuming 100% backward compatibility with features.
Your argument can also be applied for iOS. Not every iOS app works on versions 1 through 6, even though those devices are still in use and are counted as part of iOS market share.
I believe emoji were native starting with 4.2 Jellybean, where they were included in the build but not enabled by default. I'm not sure I'm right about that though.
So what % of the US market does android have on devices that support native Emoji? That's the number you need to be looking at.
I got on. It's pretty interesting, although the 'snapshot this code to be invited to a room' deal is a little annoying/awkward. You wind up having to go through and delete them from your camera roll if it doesn't work correctly.
And like FB Paper, it's only available in the US App Store. Booh!
Working here in the UK, too.
You can easily create an account in the US App Store or any other store you wish, just sign up.
The problem here is that Facebook has gone so far with their privacy model that users lost the fait and trust. Annymous and Facebook and in the same sentence just doesn't feel right.
Am I the only one or... The icons on the left move as I move... my MacBook Pro ?
Created a room for Designers in Chicago, if you'd like to drop by and chat.
Seems like a good way of organizing all kinds of communites in one browsable app.
Took the opportunity to create a 'Designers Club' room, a la Designer News. If anyone wants to give it a try, here's an invite:
so if im viewing this on mobile, I just screen shot this comment and then I can open up the rooms app and be auto added?
Or you can take a photo of this QR-code from within the app, works the same :)
I got it on my iPhone but now it doesn't show up in the iTunes store. So I think it might've been pulled.
FWIW, the app is very..."confusing"...I don't know why I would use this really...maybe when there's more users it'll make sense.
Everything old is new again.
I'm glad people are posting their design room invites here. The QR image is an interesting approach which currently feels wonky. Here's a room that's a bit more cynical- but fun.
Was anyone else hoping this would be a sick flatshare app?
Been using it for a couple of hours, got into some rooms and it feels like a mix between WhatsApp Groups, Jelly and Secret ..
So far I like it, and am curious to see if it takes off, especially with the novel invite process.
Well, as a potential user I don't get it. Why should I use it? Is it for messaging? Is for group discussions? Will I see this content in Facebook.com?
just gonna set this here, and see what happens...Design Group
Some times i wonder why some big companies (like facebook) create and launch Apps exclusively for just 1 or 2 countries...
Is there any reason to do such thing?
To get initial feedback from one country before releasing worldwide is common, not only big companies do this. In my experience it's usually a small-ish country though, and not the US.
Finally, I can resurrect gaming chat from AIM.