Facebook Changes Fires Twitter Up

    September 21, 2011

And not in a good way, either. No, it’s safe to say the reaction to Facebook’s latest round of updates has been largely unpleasant. In fact, it’s been a pretty strong Twitter trend for the better part of the day, which is telling in, and, of itself. Simply put, whenever Facebook makes any kind of changes to the interface, the reaction is largely negative.

Take the lead image, for example. It was found on Reddit with the following title: “How I feel Every Time Facebook Makes Changes,” and while that may sum up how the adults feels about Facebook in general, it doesn’t quite represent the entire crowd’s reaction to the changes Facebook introduced, which were detailed here.

For that, we’re turning to Twitter, and its #NewFacebook trend. Joy Behar starts us off with what truly is a first world problem:

I’ve wasted so much valuable time trying to figure out the #NewFacebook, I’ve barely had time to play solitaire on my iPad. 42 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto

From there, let the hate commence:

Sorry Facebook, you keep saying you’ve changed, but it’s too late. I’m already in love with someone else, her name’s Twitter. #NewFacebook 7 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

I HATE #newfacebook. Retweet if you agree. 39 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto

#NewFacebook is wack !!! Stupidddd 43 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

#newfacebook makes me want to throw a book at the persons face who made it. 4 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

My mom is flipping out about #newfacebook. Bahahaha 6 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto

So yeah, there’s that side of the fence. It should be noted, however, not everyone is blasting away at Zuckerberg and company. Something considered rational thought, and not mindless parroting, was introduced to the conversation as well:

I’m appalled that the free service that I’m in no way obligated to use keeps making changes that mildy inconvenience me. #newfacebook 1 hour ago via web · powered by @socialditto

The new Facebook features have some practical use, now, too:

i think im the only person that likes the #newfacebook but i really really do. makes my stalking so much easier.. 9 minutes ago via web · powered by @socialditto

Which leads directly to some truth-telling:

Everybody is complaining about the #newfacebook but guess what??.. U r going to use it anyways .. 49 minutes ago via Twitter for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

So, are people complaining because it’s the thing to do right now, or are there some actual concerns to the new features Facebook introduced? If Twitter is any indication, people are bashing Facebook because everyone else is doing it. This isn’t the same as the Netflix bashing, something people genuinely cared about because they paid money to use the service. With Facebook and the backlash to the features, it just seems an awful lot like people are bashing because everyone else is.

While that kind of word-of-mouth deserves recognition too, there won’t be any changes unless some legitimate reasons, like privacy, for instance, are introduced to the discussion.