Tuesday, February 9, 2010

More Thoughts on Facebook's New Layout


DISCLAIMER: The following is for the appreciation of those of you I know already agree with my sentiment. These thoughts are for the most part extremes way beyond how I really feel, but I think pretty well nail my side of this issue. If you think this might offend you, please stop reading.

Some Facebook statuses I decided against posting:
  • When you revolutionize social media, you get to start complaining.
  • If you don't like Facebook's new layout, get your own site. What's that you say, a web site would cost money? Exactly! Facebook is 100% FREE. You sound like the crazy guy at the soup kitchen complaining there isn't enough Minestrone.
  • When I start my own social media site, I won't change a thing until I personally poll every single one of the millions of users and make sure they're all cool with it first. I predict one minor change every 20 years or so. That should be plenty to keep up with an ever-changing and evolving market
  • In order to continue offering you a free service, Facebook has to keep evolving to prove to the people paying for you to social network that Facebook continues to be a worthwhile investment. If dozens of updates later you haven't figured out they do this without consulting you, maybe you might consider going back to telegraph or letter writing.
  • Facebook shares your personal information with any number of third party companies or other entities. Lack of proper education for Facebook's younger users has led to predators using information kids unwisely post to track them down and abduct them. The short-hand way Facebook encourages people to communicate is re-socializing us to feel less sympathy for our friends' traumas. But, holy shit, they moved the sidebar to the other side! How dare they?

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2 Comments:

Blogger mistyeq said...

Good point! Especially the last one on re-socializing us.

I will say though... making a website harder to use isn't the best decision. I think the latest up date (March 10) is a slight improvement to its predecessor. I am more upset that they removed regional groups... I feel that that was one of the only useful features of the site: looking up your friends by city! Oh well. Free is free.

March 8, 2010 at 7:37 PM  
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