I hate the new facebook – changes to the social networking website design
When I logged into my facebook account on March 11, 2009, I barely even noticed the changes that facebook had made but what was noticeable was the frequent status of “I hate the new facebook”
I am of the impression that most humans are not accepting of change, if its different than they are use to they just shut down and start complaining. I feel this is the case with the gripes to changes in the Facebook general user interface.
With the notable exception of being unable to find the ad manager tab and and my associated business profiles (which will not mean much to most facebook users) I feel the new layout, with its increased customization options will quickly grow on most users.
What happened to “is” and other changes
So what exactly is different in the TheFacebook homepage?
The most obvious and probably technical of the changes is a switch from the old status update
Brian is _____________,
to a publisher format that asks “Whats on your mind”.
Facebook is obviously trying to follow the success of Twitter and has created a real time micro-blog publisher system within the facebook platform. I see this as a plus, I primarily used my status to showcase new items I had posted on eBay or new articles or websites I had designed, so I generally used the status publisher for the exact same purpose it has now become. Before the change, one had to go to their own profile page (rather than the home page) and use the add note or add link option to include videos or photos directly into the mini feed, these options all now exist from within the home pages publisher option.
I congratulate Facebook on this change and believe users will quickly adapt and take full advantage of these new options once they become fully apparent to them.
Ive noticed that a good portion of my friends use the facebook mobile option to share pictures and updates to their networks, and this actually seems to be there primary usage of facebook anyway.
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Where is my ad manager ?
What isnt cool!
Since I am a Facebook marketer, I actually use the ad manager that used to be conveniently located in the right sidebar, the ad manager was also the access point for my business and fan page profiles. For the first couple of days I had no idea what happened to these options, eventually I noticed that the bottom facebook toolbar has small icons for each of my enabled applications of which Ad Manager is one, as I had never seen the icon before, it was not as obvious as it may seem.
Facebook has also changed the business profile page layout, it is essentially now just another profile page, which is a bit of an annoyance for me also, since Facebook deleted my previous separate Business profile page because “Businesses and Commercial sites are not allowed to have profiles”, so less than 2 months ago I lost my page and over 300 friends and supporters yet now its encouraged. I would prefer to keep the old fan page layout that was more static..meaning i could post a few article links, some youtube videos and some art, and be done with it, but according to their marketing research a business page will reach more people if they can feel involved and participate in content generation.
I dont like the rounded corners profile photos – crops badly and has not added anything to my experience, thumbs down on this small change.
Applications that dont suck
- WeRead – a book archiver that makes suggestions of other books you may like based on user input.
- Marketplace – A facebook Classifieds Plug in
- WordScraper – battle other facebook users in on online scrabble style game
- eBayer- publishes a note verytime you list something on eBay
- FreeLancer- market your skills to the facebook crowd
Wait a second, I really do hate the new facebook!
As I am writing this I started looking over the changes a little more closely and reading other peoples complaints. I intended to say although at first you may be overloaded with info in your feed, simply taking advantage of the filters will solve this naturally over time.
But that’s crap, this really is a lame addled non user centered change!
The NEW facebook is an example of what not to do, a bad cluttered design.
We dont need a profile picture next to every little submission on the feed.
Why is my picture and a little comment box open below every single comment anyone else has ever made, if I wanted to comment I could handle clicking the little comment link…I doubt anybody had trouble with this previously.
Just on my home page alone, I have to look at 12 little pictures of myself with empty text boxes next to them! What purpose could that possibly serve?
My “newsfeed” now has a bunch of marshmallow peeps displayed on it that some drooling idiot thinks is fun to send to her friends, I don’t care…but unfortunately i like the idiot, so I don’t want to “hide” anything she may ever post again, yet it seems I will be notified every time some one plays with one of these idiotic quiz or gift applications. These very same applications that I took the time to individually block every time I received some stupid request.
I thought I was going to write a hub about how people are adverse to change, instead I realize facebook needs to can a ton of people, what a dud!
There is so much malcontent that users are threatening a mass exodus from the platform on March 27, 2009, I do recall there was a similar threat going around when facebook introduced the tab format which stopped the myspace style design plague from festering across facebook, but i hope there is some kind of response by Facebook to this awesome misstep.
Applause for Facebook!
Only a few hours after this article was posted, Facebook appears to have responded to criticism and has removed the automatic comment box feature.
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Arnold hates the old New facebook