Dear Facebook: I think you have ADD

And you need some serious help. I watched The Social Network and I’m pretty sure Mark Zuckerberg has ADD. Another revision? So soon? Already? I could have sworn there was an update like last month (friendship pages) and I barely got used to that.

People say change is good. Change should be embraced however I’m finding it hard to restrain myself from flying over to San Francisco to choke the life out of your developer. Didn’t you recently battle a few lawsuits related to privacy? Is this new layout a big fat effin’ slap in the face of anyone who claimed that their privacy was at stake? You really know how to push the right buttons.

So what’s all the hype? There was a big hoopola and announcement made about Facebook’s changes. When users logged in they were prompted to push a button at the top of their home screen and most did without even knowing what they were getting into and immediately wanted to switch but they couldn’t. Facebook won’t let you; changes were permanent! All of the sudden you’re now more exposed than even. When someone visits your page, they immediately get a glimpse into your world. Above the unflattering pictures that you were recently tagged in (mind you, these thumbnails are poorly sized and will often cut your head off), users will see where you work, where you went to school, your birthday, your hometown, current city, the languages you speak, and any other info you choose to share. It kinda takes the guess work out of getting to know a person and browsing through their Facebook.

This new layout removes all your tabs, boxes, and the status update bar. If you want people to learn more about you, they’ll have dig around your wall which only a few people do if they’re truly bored. As for the missing status bar, you have to make an extra effort to click on post, link, picture, and often times it’s just too much of a hassle and I haven’t bothered updating my status since the new change.

Recently, I discovered that if I leave a comment on someone’s wall, it also shows up on my wall so imagine my surprise when “Oooh, that’s sexy” suddenly appeared on my wall. If you saw that, you’d probably wonder “Wow, what does that mean and what is Suki up to?” and if you clicked to read further and weren’t friends with that person you would be left in the dark unless I followed up with another comment. Yeah, Facebook that is so not cool.

If you look at your profile wall, you’ll notice ads are more prominent. They take up about 2 inches of space to the right and are very noticeable.  You think Facebook had an agenda here? Selling more ad space to make more money? You bet! If you’re using Facebook to catch up with your friends, the new layout will reveal more about them and will make it easier for you to follow their conversations with others. In a way I think it’s promoting stalker behavior (Hello! Friendship pages!) or trying to be like Twitter.  Pete Cashmore said it best, privacy is dead and social media hold the smoking gun. We might as well embrace the change and Mark Zuckerberg’s ADD symptoms. I’m just wondering what’s next. Where will all this take us? I am a social media evangelist. I’ll follow the trend where it goes and I’ve pretty much accepted the fact that my life is public. If you’re still having issues with this, you might want to consider your role in social media. While we might both agree that Facebook’s new changes are a little too extreme, we have to live with them or quit using the service (not going to happen). The last time I checked Facebook doesn’t take user feedback into consideration. They (Mark Zuckerberg) just do what they feel like doing and we just have to follow along. It is what it is and unfortunately Facebook, I can’t quit you. :(

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  • http://wordsdonewrite.blogspot.com Words Done Write

    Suki, I noticed the increased ad size immediately! Very interesting! And, no, I haven’t switched to the new look because I heard you couldn’t opt out of it. I hate that you lose your bio and the links on the left. I liked those.

    I suppose eventually they’ll MAKE me switch over, but I won’t be pleased. They’re obviously trying to be more public like Twitter, but I liked that all these platforms were different.

    As for where you work, your schooling, etc, I’ve never had that listed, so it’s not prominently showcased as you mention. Unfortunately, as you say, we really don’t have a say in it. Quit. Revise our profile info if it bothers us. Or suck it up. Those are really the only options…

    • http://www.sukhrajbeasla.com Sukhraj Beasla

      Oh, you are so lucky! I wish I had waited to switch but oh no, I was just too eager to see what the new Facebook was all about. Either way, in January the change will be permanent so I would have only enjoyed it for a month. :(

  • http://wordsdonewrite.blogspot.com Words Done Write

    Suki, I noticed the increased ad size immediately! Very interesting! And, no, I haven’t switched to the new look because I heard you couldn’t opt out of it. I hate that you lose your bio and the links on the left. I liked those.

    I suppose eventually they’ll MAKE me switch over, but I won’t be pleased. They’re obviously trying to be more public like Twitter, but I liked that all these platforms were different.

    As for where you work, your schooling, etc, I’ve never had that listed, so it’s not prominently showcased as you mention. Unfortunately, as you say, we really don’t have a say in it. Quit. Revise our profile info if it bothers us. Or suck it up. Those are really the only options…