Twitter and Facebook Apps Removed from Xbox 360 in Latest Dashboard Update
Xbox 360 users who recently downloaded the latest Xbox Live dashboard update may have noticed that two of the most frequented applications on the system are suspiciously absent. Yes, dearest friends, Twitter and Facebook have been officially removed from the Xbox 360′s expansive and all-too-useful app library.
If you didn’t catch the wave of sarcasm, we’re kidding about the “most frequented” part. What we meant to say was something more along the lines of “most ignored” or “least enjoyable to use”, especially since better experiences for both social networking sites exist on phones, tablets and the desktop.
Microsoft confirmed the removal of the aforementioned apps to IGN, claiming that the “retiring” of the Facebook and Twitter apps are part of a goal to “streamline” premier applications on their console. Though, if a game has built-in posting features that interact with those networks, those will continue to work as they should, even though nobody really gave two flying flips about your “killer new record in Blur” or that “rad screengrab” you took of the blocky sunset in Minecraft.
In retrospect, the functionality for sharing your gaming content and scores with others via popular social networks is certainly a neat idea — if not for the fact that both apps were… well, boring, cumbersome and instigators of joylessness and pain.
And let me be clear when I say that I love Felicia Day — she’s awesome. But, who could forget this?