Get ready for more Facebook changes
The site plans new features that encourage users to share, share, share -- and get some advertising in return.
"This new Facebook is so freakin' aggravating!!!!!!!" complained one user. Another chimed in with this: "What a screw-up! It was working fine before the Facebook folks 'improved it.' I will no doubt use it LESS."
Get ready, folks. More changes are coming.
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At its developers conference this week, Facebook rolled out a number of changes -- and yet another new look. Probably its most significant change is called Timeline, a service that lets you share the music you're listening to, the things you're buying, the movies you're watching and the photos you're viewing just by hovering your cursor over them.
In the past, you had to actively decide what to share with users. It sounds like the new Facebook will be much more automatic, though users can still control their privacy settings.
"If Facebook's CEO has his way, everything you do online will be shared by default," writes Farhad Manjoo on Slate. "You read, you watch, you listen, you buy -- and everyone you know will hear all about it on Facebook."
Manjoo calls it a "terrible plan," for the main reason that maybe we don't want everyone to share everything all the time. Do we really need to see every photo our friends see, every article they find interesting?
Others say the flow of information is just becoming too much to bear. "I have never felt less interested in visiting the site," writes ZDNet's Andrew Nusca. "What was once a lovely way to spend a mindless few minutes is now about as relaxing as a Bloomberg terminal."
That perhaps gets to the heart of the conflict between Facebook and its users. People love a site where they can quickly check in, see if their friends are saying anything interesting, play a few games and check out.
But Facebook wants so much more. It wants to chronicle your story, your interests, your vacations and your favorite songs. It wants to know it all -- and then tell it all back to the world. Facebook wants to walk hand-in-hand with your life.
Do I want Facebook as a life partner? And do I really want to read the digital diaries of my friends and acquaintances?
I'm assuming that Facebook will let me customize the news flow, both in and out, so that I can keep it to a low-level roar. But each change makes Facebook a little more complex, a little harder to handle.
And don't forget about advertising. Facebook's primary business model will always be advertising, one exec tells Wired. "Our platform makes Facebook more interesting so people spend more time on it, because I’m learning about my friends and I’m sharing things about myself and I’m discovering new things," he added. "And it also makes it possible for us to put an ad in front of you that’s likely to be interesting to you.”
best comment I've read so far......"the more facebook changes,the less I want to use it."
If it aint broke,don't fix it. We don't want a whole ton of "nifty,new improvements"...just a website that's easy to navigate,no advertising, no brain-drain,and a simple way to make sure our friends aren't dead or dying.In other words....the old facebook. I'm guessing that all the changes to fb will only drive users away. Whoever at fb is responsible for these useless changes outta be fired....enough said.If I find a better site,something that doesn't have all the crap that fb presently subjects us to (whether we like it or not)....I'll be jumping ship. I DO NOT want to know what my friends are doing 24/7...that WAS the joy in using the old fb...something interesting at every turn. Now?....nothing more than a pileload of craptracular advertisements.
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