Update: As noted by commenters below, you might want avoid this 5.1 update. It appears to have made the app unusable for some.

Update 2: Facebook gave us this statement: 

Facebook found the issue and have addressed it server side. It should be working fine as of 30 minutes ago.

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Facebook updated its iOS app today to version 5.1 with a number of new features including the ability to send real “Facebook Gifts” (for U.S. users)—a feature previously only available through the desktop app. There are also a few new messaging and sharing features included:

• Swipe left anywhere in the app to quickly see who’s available and send a message • Add friends you message most to the top of your Favorites • Share multiple photos fast • Give real gifts to your friends using Facebook Gifts (US-only) • When sending messages, see who’s active so you and your friends know how soon to expect a reply