I was asked by mathmom, at the Web-browsing guide/tips article here, if I was able to access Facebook with the Kindle 2 to do anything interactive rather than just passive reading.
That's a very complex site and I'd never thought to go there, so I tried it out.
Often, large sites today will offer a mobile-unit version of their pages, so I tried using m.facebook.com and that link got me to a somewhat trimmed-down version of the Facebook site. And, even if you put in just 'facebook.com' (the Kindle provides the "http://" part for us), it knows when you're on a mobile unit web browser and then takes you to the mobile version anyway.
Update 1/4/11 - Try touch.facebook.com if encountering problems. That works best with Kindle 3's, according to reports.
(This all works far better with the Kindle 2 than with the Kindle 1, as the latter requires the silver scrollbar's pop-up menus and many more menu choices just for input, and even I don't have the patience for it with a place like Facebook.)
The 5-way button did allow me to navigate Facebook's stream of personal news from everyone and to read what I wanted pretty quickly, but the goal was to post a note.
I went to the profile of a friend and followed the instructions to post a message to his space. When I finished typing a short note (you don't want to type long ones on small devices), I clicked on 'Post' and got a notice that I had to sign in first. I was already signed in or would not have had access to see my private areas! Nevertheless, I dutifully logged in again, and after I did, I was taken back to that page and saw that the note was posted, as you can see here. (I did remove the user ID from the photo.)
I later went back to try again. This time, after I wrote a note, I was again told I had to log in. So I obeyed, but it then told me that the site could not be accessed and to try again later. This is the type of false alert that I described in the Kindle webbrowser guide. The failure alert pops up when sending email or posting to a forum. I went to my computer and found that the note HAD been posted. This false failure-message for posting/sending from the Kindle seems to happen consistently. I'll report this to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The upside is that the message does go through and is posted.
Not the best experience in the world, but useful if really needed and you're away from computers. As many know, you can Twitter away at m.twitter.com
Kindle Fire 7" tablet - $199
Kindle NoTouch ("Kindle") - $79/$109
Kindle Touch, WiFi
Kindle Touch, 3G/WiFi - $149/$189
Kindle Keybd 3G - $189, Free, slow web
Kindle DX - $379, Free, slow 3G web
Kindle Basic, NoTouch - £89
Kindle Touch WiFi, UK - £109
Kindle Touch 3G/WiFi, UK - £169
Kindle Keyboard 3G, UK - £149
Keybd: w/ Free, slow 3G WEB
Kindle NoTouch Basic - $109
Kindle Touch WiFi - $139
Kindle Touch 3G/WiFi - $189
Kindle Keybd 3G - $189
Keybd: w/ Free, slow 3G WEB
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