Facebook Reinvented

24 03 2009

new-facebookWhy is Facebook trying to look like Twitter?

Why is Facebook drastically altering the usability of their platform – and in the process annoying a huge portion of their members?

While I understand that Facebook is trying to continually evolve, to reinvent the platform so that it remains a relevant and interesting social network – the response that I have read over the last two weeks has been mostly negative.

Sarah Perez, in her article  “Like Its Users, The New Facebook Is All Grown Up”, highlights some of the changes that have been implemented – explaining that most of these will actually benefit the users. Maybe it’s mostly the drastic change in design that most people are finding hard to deal with?

I know there was a similar response to changes made last year – but I found those changes weren’t nearly as intrusive as the ones made in this round.

Now offering a real-time stream – we are told by Peter X. Deng on the Facebook blog – but my stream hasn’t seemed to update since last week?

Facebook may be trying to keep up with it’s competition – but it needs to remember that their members liked the previous design, were loyal to the site, and went there over other networking platforms because of its ease of use, and the way that it connected them with people that they wouldn’t necessarily have kept in contact with.

With the huge number of comments, groups and voting applications that have appeared since the last changes – I hope that Facebook responds positively and listens to the feedback – as it is their users that have made Facebook one of the most popular social networking platforms worldwide.

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24 03 2009
@mikeh2bi

For a site like Facebook who is dominating the Social Networking world, it’s alarming that they are “reactive” to developments in their field. Yes, Twitter is growing at an amazing rate but you, Facebook, *had* a good thing going, and you didn’t need to try and beat Twitter at its own game. The internet is big enough for both Twitter and Facebook and I feel that greed got the better of FB. They’re acting like a small kid who doesn’t want to share their toys.

I know a lot of people who still want the photos, events, groups and applications that Facebook provides, but our beloved FB has gone and annoyed those loyal followers. If FB wanted attention & publicity they should have been “inventive” and come up with something that impressed users, not annoyed them.

24 03 2009
emmakatetyler

I definitely agree – the reason why Facebook was my social network of choice, was because of it’s functionality and originality – it offered me as a user, things that I couldn’t find on other sites. There is enough room on-line for more than one social networking sites, and I’m very disappointed that instead of being confident enough in their own value, they have instead tried to mirror other up and comers. In their response to Twitter, they have annoyed a large proportion of their members. One comment I read on the Facebook blog said “If i wanted to join Twitter I would have”…

25 03 2009
jyesmith

Hi, great timing, I actually posted my views on the matter today (http://jyesmith.com/social-networks-and-time/2009/03/25/)

To summize:
As the popularity of social media and networks increases the amount of people on our individual networks also increases. Driven by the power of weak ties, we’re compelled to connect with more and more people from the different circles of our lives. Facebook – which hit 5,000,000 Australian users this year – quickly spotted the growing popularity of Twitter, and mimicked the model used to display information from the network. Being a Twitter user I’m actually a big fan of the change.

25 03 2009
emmakatetyler

Great post – it’s good to point out Facebook is trying to adapt to people’s organically growing “friend” lists – allowing us to be updated in real time, which is an aspect of Twitter’s popularity. It is also positive that Facebook has responded to the recent feedback – allowing the new design to be a iteration between both parties.

25 03 2009
@mikeh2bi

In case you missed this tweet:

RT @SocialMedia411: Facebook Responds to Criticism Over Latest Redesign (Mashable): http://bit.ly/2Is8WU

Looks like we’re in for another Facebook design change.

25 03 2009
emmakatetyler

Yes – thank you for pointing that one out! I’m glad to see that Facebook responded constructively to all of the criticismand feedback – or even responded at all. I’m also happy with some of the proposed changes – they seem to cover all the functions of Facebook that I was frustrated to see change.
I do hope that they realise though that this constant disruption may cause a lot of people to be unhappy?

30 03 2009
Ben Ken

Great stuff em.

That is all.

Ken.

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