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Bill Maher Suggests A New Name For Facebook

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Bill Maher Suggests A New Name For Facebook
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The “frictionless sharing” Facebook is alive and kicking, as folks are, yet again, adjusting to a slew of changes introduced by Facebook during the f8 presentation. As is the case when Facebook alters its service, there was a great deal of consternation after the new features were introduced, and while a lot of it was of the “I don’t like change” variety, the outcry remains.

As those who appreciate privacy tackle Facebook’s new timeline feature, a true area of concern, the majority of the feedback was focused on the simple fact that Facebook introduced new features and altered the user interface to include the timeline ticker. Over on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, the outspoken host had a suggestion for the next time Facebook implements some kind of site-wide alteration: a name change.

While the name change is humorous, it’s not intended for those of you who may be offended by coarse speech. Take a look at the lead image before you watch the video to get an idea of where Maher was leaning with his naming convention suggestion:


Considering the reaction that resulted when Facebook introduced its latest round of new features, it’s safe to say there are a lot of people who would support such a dramatic change in brands. Hey, truth in advertising still works. Not only does Maher nail the name change, his idea of what Facebook is really for — to see if his ex-girlfriends had gotten fat — is an awfully accurate portrayal of the purpose Facebook serves the public. Sure, corporations are not shy about sending traffic away from their company sites, instead, opting for a Facebook profile view, but the fact is, many casual users are there to see and be seen.

I suppose “liking” the company that provides your mobile phone service is a way of feeling complete, but one wonders how many casual Facebook users who happened to like, say, AT&T, are actively on the AT&T’s Facebook profile, hanging out with other AT&T subscribers and sharing stories of their AT&T experience. Sure, consumers will use these company profiles to air grievances, but are these corporate profiles really that crucial to the overall Facebook experience?

Considering the casual approach people have to social networking, it’s not a stretch to think Maher’s Facebook name change suggestion would home with these kinds of users.

Bill Maher Suggests A New Name For Facebook
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  • http://blockbeta.com Robbin Block

    I also have wondered why people would like corporations on Facebook. Perhaps it’s just to show affinity with the brand, but as you say, I can’t imagine them spending much time there. Another idea is that it’s a place to air grievances, although in my experience as a consumer asking for the Mars company to bring back the original 3 Musketeers bar, that has gotten no response.

    • http://www.LAokay.com Steven

      A lot of times certain companies are offering free stuff if you like them. Have you seen Del Taco’s Facebook page? While many corporations are probably not using that kind of tactic, a few of them are. I wouldn’t go so far as to say I really like Del Taco, as I like real authentic Mexican food than this Cali-Mex thing that places like Taco Bell and Del Taco have. But you can’t blame me for liking Del Taco on Facebook simply for the free food coupons when I only have a couple of bucks in my pocket and payday is a few days away.

  • http://jainsview.blogspot.com jain

    change is the need of time. One who dont change time will left him behind.

  • http://visitbandungnow.blogspot.com Tresna

    I would like to quote this from CNN (“Does Facebook really care about you?”:
    “The boardroom discussions at Facebook are not about how to help little Johnny make more and better friendships online; they are about how Facebook can monetize Johnny’s “social graph” — the accumulated data about how Johnny makes friends, shares links and makes consumer decisions. Facebook’s real customers are the companies who actually pay them for this data, and for access to our eyeballs in the form of advertisements.”
    So competition is fierce. But does this count as ‘measures’ that must be taken, without thinking what consumers want.

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