How I got Facebook’s Paper App working out of the US
Device: iPhone 4
OS: iOS 7.0.4
Time: Somewhere between late breakfast and early lunch
Mission: Get the Damn app to work
When I first read about Paper, I was excited! The site that was promoting it was nice, I liked the clean look, and thought, “Oh, finally! Facebook has decided to build sense for the end user!” which can be loosely translated as “Yeyy!! A new app!” for the lay-man.
Fast-forward two days after the app’s 3rd February release, I set off on a mission to download, install, and bask in the glory of a new find! A pioneer, I wanted to think of myself as! #TeamEarlyAdopters had I tweeted. Boy, was I in for a shock.
There I was, trying to download the app – only to be told that I had to be in the US of me to be able to get it. (iTunes has location-based stores to better advertise region-specific content. I was ‘dumped’ in the Ugandan store when I signed up as a person based in Uganda).
After 10 minutes of changing stores and finally succumbing to telling iTunes that I, infact am an American from California (ZIP code 90003), I was finally able to get the download running.
Get ready for a detailed review where I will introduce the top 5 reasons not to download Paper: the app that would turn out to be a complete waste of a good 4-5 hours of my day.