With the proliferation of smart phones and mobile devices such as the iPad, Facebook users have become used to the idea of being able to check in on the social network from almost anywhere. Facebox for Facebook is a Mac app that enables you to do much the same as the iOS apps from OS X’s menu bar.
While this sounds all well and good, in reality it is a little limited. The app essentially loads the mobile version of the Facebook web site in a small pop up window and from here you can browse through the live feed of your friends’ status updates.
The app also makes it possible to access your message inbox as well as your profile and friends list, but it adds no options or features that aren’t already available at the Facebook web site. In fact, the small pop up window, coupled with the limited functionality, means that actually makes more sense to simple visit the Facebook web site in your browser – even if menu bar access to the site does sound initially appealing.
Upgrade to the Pro version of Facebox and you can also use Facebook’s chat facility from the comfort of your menu bar. It is worth testing out the free version to see if you find it worthwhile, but disappointment is likely to follow.