A Facebook employee holds a phone that is running the new 'Home' program (image by Justin Sullivan/Getty)
Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY
SANTA BARBARA - With the new Facebook Home app poised for release on Friday, we decided to stop by a college campus to see how receptive some of Facebook's most active users are to the new interface.
The free app will be available for download on a handful of Android phones and will come pre-installed on the new HTC First phone on AT&T (also available Friday). Students here at the University of California, Santa Barbara had mixed reactions. Some liked the idea and couldn't wait; others couldn't be bothered.
-"As a Facebook user, I'm interested in checking out any new offering they have," said Evan Hynes.
- "I need less distractions," said Michael Busch. "It seems like a great way to distract myself."
- "It would make your whole phone Facebook," said Ariadne Murdy. "So your home screen would be Facebook. I don't like what it would do to my phone."
- "It will make it very accessible," said Kim Descamps. "A lot easier to use."
Student Jake Aria recently saw the Facebook Home TV commercial, and it sold him. He's ready to switch from an iPhone to Android. The new interface seems like a more "convenient form of Facebook," he says. "It puts it right there on your phone. This one seems a little more dynamic, and it condenses your Facebook. You have hundreds of friends, and not all of them you care about their daily lives, but you can pick the ones you do want to see."