In February, Facebook Director of Engineering Jocelyn Goldfein said the social network was not scrapping its sputtering Home Android overlay, but a lot has apparently changed in four months, as The New York Times’ Bits blog reported that the team of engineers that had been working on Home has been disbanded.
Despite the lukewarm reception it has received, Home, Facebook’s Android overlay, is not headed for the scrap heap, Director of Engineering Jocelyn Goldfein told VentureBeat during an expansive interview.
Facebook and its Parse cloud-application platform held Mobile Developer Day at the social network’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., last week, and the social network posted a handful of videos on the Facebook Developers YouTube page for interested parties who could not attend.
Facebook Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer and Director of Engineering Jocelyn Goldfein discussed the social network’s efforts to recruit female engineers and the challenges involved while speaking at the she++ conference at Stanford University this weekend.
When Facebook users howl in protest over changes to its news feed, those cries do not fall on deaf ears, but Director of Engineering Jocelyn Goldfein, the woman responsible for the area where users of the social network spend most of their time, has an answer for them: “If we don’t disrupt ourselves, someone else will disrupt us. We have to constantly improve. If today’s Facebook was the same as the 2007 Facebook, we’d be dead.”
Facebook Director of Engineering Jocelyn Goldfein will participate in a White House Council on Women and Girls panel at the White House Tuesday featuring trailblazing women in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields.
The U.S. State Department is honoring 37 women from the Middle East and North Africa for their participation in TechWomen, a Silicon Valley initiative that includes Facebook.