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Much of Facebook’s success on the iPhone has come courtesy of Joe Hewitt, an ace programmer who joined the world’s largest social networking site when it acquired Parakey, a company he co-founded with Firefox kid Blake Ross. Hewitt has now decided to shift his focus away […]

Much of Facebook’s success on the iPhone has come courtesy of Joe Hewitt, an ace programmer who joined the world’s largest social networking site when it acquired Parakey, a company he co-founded with Firefox kid Blake Ross. Hewitt has now decided to shift his focus away from the iPhone. In a tweet sent out earlier today he said, “Time for me to try something new. I’ve handed the Facebook iPhone app off to another engineer, and I’m onto a new project.”

Joe was named to GigaOM’s Top 15 Mobile Influencers list earlier this year for his contributions to the iPhone app ecosystem — in particular, for single-handedly turning Facebook into a major force on the iconic Apple device. I recently gave him a hard time over the delays in launching Facebook 3.0, which prompted Joe to stop by our office and take part in an impromptu video chat. Here are the excerpts from that conversation.

  1. [...] GigaOM] Related PostsEA Mobile Rocks the App StoreCan Facebook Deliver A Second iPhone App Store? [...]

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  2. So there’s no Product Manager working on that all?

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  3. next time, please get a tripod and mic the guy

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    1. It was shot on my Blackberry and very impromptu … sorry for the quality.

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  4. Hey, stop shaking the camera…and Joe is pretty faint.

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  5. Am I the only one who sees the irony that a FB employee is sending out status updates via Twitter?

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    1. nope no irony there :-) it is about the open web. not facebook web :-) as gruber writes on http://daringfireball.com

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  6. [...] The irrational approval process and reasons behind it given by the apparatchiks of Cupertino are driving developers to extreme frustration — especially those who have been Apple loyalists for years. Earlier this week, Joe Hewitt, a well-known programmer and a Facebook employee, threw up his hands in frustration over Apple’s App Store approval process and said he wants to work on a different project. (Check out my video interview with Joe Hewitt.) [...]

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  7. [...] Originally Posted by VickMackey disagree. If you used facebook you'd realize what a letdown the pre app is and most users will not be satisfied with it. By your logic, most users will read a cnet review, facebook app sucks? Android good? Iphone good? Hey I'll go with them. So again, a crappy app of the biggest social networking site will likely affect not only sales, but perception of the platform. Psssst guess what… I do use Facebook. And often. And usually when I am using my phone to check Facebook, I'm more interested in a quick look at my news feed than I am anything else. Am I disappointed that there isn't going to be more functionality in this app off the bat? Sure. But I have a feeling most people interface with Facebook in manner similar to me. Even ask Joe Hewitt himself. [...]

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  8. [...] Originally Posted by VickMackey disagree. If you used facebook you'd realize what a letdown the pre app is and most users will not be satisfied with it. By your logic, most users will read a cnet review, facebook app sucks? Android good? Iphone good? Hey I'll go with them. So again, a crappy app of the biggest social networking site will likely affect not only sales, but perception of the platform. Psssst guess what… I do use Facebook. And often. And usually when I am using my phone to check Facebook, I'm more interested in a quick look at my news feed than I am anything else. Am I disappointed that there isn't going to be more functionality in this app off the bat? Sure. But I have a feeling most people interface with Facebook on their mobiles in manner similar to me. Even ask Joe Hewitt himself. [...]

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