Facebook Desktop Sends You Notifications Without Browser

Facebook Desktop Built By Adobe Computer Scientist

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A computer scientist named Charles Bihis, who works for Adobe, has created a desktop client for Facebook, fittingly named Facebook Desktop. The app is a side project for Bihis, and is not directly affiliated with either Adobe or Facebook, but Facebook users may find it useful nonetheless. 

It’s a notification engine that gives Facebook users real-time updates from their friends directly on their desktop, without the need to even open a browser. When a friend posts an update, comments on one of your photos, tags you, etc., Facebook Desktop users will receive the notifications on their desktops, whether they use Windows or Mac. 

"Once upon a time, I was involved in a project here at Adobe called ‘Project San Dimas,’" explains Bihis. "That project eventually grew into a full-fledged product called  ‘eBay Desktop’ which enjoyed some impressive success. I was lucky enough to be part of the protoyping, designing, and launching of the very first version, and it was very exciting. More recently, I’ve thought about doing something similar. Introducing, ‘Facebook Desktop!""

"I moved away from my home in Vancouver for work and so Facebook has been a great tool to help keep me in touch with everyone," says Bihis. "I found, though, that the browser metaphor for the Facebook ‘stream’ just wasn’t working for me. I didn’t like refreshing my home page constantly to see what people were up to. I also didn’t like keeping a browser open whenever I wanted to read some of my friends posts. So, I made a simple AIR app that hits the Facebook APIs, grabs the latest posts, and delivers them to me in an unobtrusive way. I ended up finding it so useful, I started adding more and more features, like the ability to pause/resume, replay missed notifications, update my status, etc. Eventually, I was encouraged by a friend to polish it up and release it for others to use, and so here we are!"

It’s actually somewhat surprising that Facebook itself doesn’t already offer something like this. Perhaps they’ll build something similar in the future.  It is worth noting, however, that other third-parties have built desktop clients for the social network in the past. Facebook Desktop can be downloaded here.

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  • http://linq.lk Guesty

    Oh no, i’m not gonna submit my info to any third parties until facebook releases their own app.

    • Chris Crum

      So you trust Facebook more than a guy from Adobe? Noting wrong with that. Just interesting, considering all of the privacy concerns Facebook has drawn in recent memory. Granted, the app is not an official Adobe app, though it was announced on an Adobe blog.

    • http://www.facebook.com shalimar


  • http://inklingmedia.net Ken Mueller

    This looks like a great solution, but I just downloaded it and keep getting errors when trying to launch it. There are a few features I hope it has so that it can be used as a nice, free Social Media monitoring dashboard.

    • Chris Crum

      He gives a list of ways to connect with Facebook Desktop facebookdesktop.com/”>here. You might want to leave some feedback.

  • Guest

    I would have really liked to have seen a thirty day trial or even a one year trail or something else attached to it. Just to set the example really.

    I just don’t understand why Charles Bihis thinks the credit will anywhere except to Adobe.

  • Matt Headley

    This would be the feature I’d be MOST interested in and probably the only reason why I’d download it. I’d want to make sure something like that would meet my hopes first. It’s my most annoying aspect about facebook. I want to see EVERYTHING yet I don’t want to see it AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN on Most Recent, News Feed, and the other breakdowns. Plus when you get new notifications in regular facebook it often scrolls you back to the top, forcing you to scroll through the 5 pages you’ve already looked at. THIS is what I want to avoid and would hope to accomplish with any desktop program or app.

  • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael


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