Surprise, People Loathe The New Facebook Changes

By: Josh Wolford - September 21, 2011

If Facebook rolled out a new feature that spit gold coins out of your USB port every time you liked a status, people would bitch about it. Many of the changes Facebook has made over the years that initially drew the ire of nearly everyone have come to be indelible parts of the social experience. Remember, guys – that News Feed that you are now ready to slaughter people over didn’t exist at one point. I’m sure there were more than a few “What the hell is this stupid crap”s when that originally rolled out.

In short, people hate change and have a predisposition to slam anything Facebook does within a minute of being exposed to it. Of course, that’s not to say that the anger isn’t oftentimes warranted.

So it’s not surprising that I thought the apocalypse was upon us when I woke up yesterday and jumped on the internet. There are a lot of people that are quite perturbed with the Facebook News Feed changes.

What do you think about the new changes to Facebook? Do you like the new News Feed and the ticker? Do you feel overwhelmed or confused? How does this update to Facebook compare to previous changes? Let us know what you think.

To briefly sum it up, here’s what Facebook had to say about the changes:

When you pick up a newspaper after not reading it for a week, the front page quickly clues you into the most interesting stories. In the past, News Feed hasn’t worked like that. Updates slide down in chronological order so it’s tough to zero in on what matters most.

Now, News Feed will act more like your own personal newspaper. You won’t have to worry about missing important stuff. All your news will be in a single stream with the most interesting stories featured at the top. If you haven’t visited Facebook for a while, the first things you’ll see are top photos and statuses posted while you’ve been away. They’re marked with an easy-to-spot blue corner.

They have basically joined the “top news” and “most recent” tabs that were the options before the change into one stream that features real time updates as well as top news, determined by Facebook’s algorithm for what it thinks you want to see.

And then there is that ticker. In the top right of the new layout, Facebook has added a ticker that supposedly contains everything – status updates, likes, comments, photos, information changes, etc – all in real-time, so that you don’t miss anything.

OK. It’s definitely different. Let’s look at what some of my friends have had to say about the changes –

Hey! Just when I was thinking about dumping Google+, all this happens. Procrastination pays.

ok i gotta agree with everyone else…what is up w/ fb?! i don’t need to know what everyone is doing every second they are on fb!!!!!

Thinks Facebook has gone mad with all these new options, instead of making things easier, it appears to me they are making things more difficult, what say you????

screw u facebook, have we not all hated ur changes everytime for the last 8 years or what now?

Gahhhhh. Whatever, Facebook, Purchase World of Warcraft Gold.

Facebook really needs to stop trying to figure out what I consider “important” information….

#NewFacebook has been a trending topic on Twitter since the changes rolled out, and most of the tweets are negative –

The #NewFacebook updates feel like they’re trying a bit too hard to me. Overwhelming and busy, with little payoff. #nothanks #antisocial 54 seconds ago via web · powered by @socialditto

The #NewFacebook is confusing! Leave the damn website alone we never like your changes. Ever. 1 minute ago via Twitter for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

#newfacebook IS BULLSHIT. Total bullshit. 1 minute ago via web · powered by @socialditto

It’s obvious that the backlash is pretty severe. Warning, this is where I move into the opinion part of the article. Proceed at your own risk.

It’s not the end of the world. But there are some rather annoying elements to the new design.

That ticker…could be called the OCD feed or perhaps the “who gives a shit” feed. Honestly – too much information. And not too much relevant information, which would still be a problem, but too much information I simply don’t care about. It’s noble to try and put everything that happens in my Facebook world out there for me to see, but it ends up being somewhat of a headache inducer.

No, Facebook. I don’t care that a girl that I haven’t talked to since high school liked a photo of some guy that I don’t know’s trip to the Grand Canyon. I can definitely see how the ticker will have some fans, because it truly contains everything. For a person with a large amount of friends, however, this ticker could prove to be too much, too fast.

Not to mention the stalker-implications of the ticker. It let’s/makes you monitor everything that is going on with a person – every comment that my friends make on a public status or photo, every like they make, etc. Not that we didn’t get some of this with the old news feed, but the ticker takes it to an extreme

The ticker is keeping some semblance of privacy, however, as I haven’t spotted a situation yet where I’m being notified about a comment posted by my friend to a wall or status of someone who’s not my friend (unless that post was originally on my friend’s wall).

The new News Feed, like I mentioned before, is a mixture of top stories and recent stories. If you haven’t checked Facebook in a little while, it will refresh you with what’s been going on while you were gone with the “Top Stories” from X minutes ago. So far, Facebook has been pretty good with putting posts from people that I actually care about in this “Top Stories” section.

Others people here have said the opposite, claiming that their “Top Stories” have been from people they haven’t interacted with in years.

For me at least, the news feed isn’t that huge of a change. Except for the new categories labeling things as “recent stories” “top stories” and “from earlier today,” it looks quite similar to how it looked pre-changes. I still seem to be getting updates from the people I am used to getting updates from.

Not that this really bothers me, but I noticed earlier that the simple addition of the ticker and “people to subscribe to” box (a previous addition) has cluttered up Facebook a whole hell of a lot. Load up that chat box and you have this, which might be a nightmare to some users –

My mom will be calling me any time now…

Like most changes that Facebook drops on its 750 million users, I feel that this will simply become an accepted reality soon enough. Today, Facebook’s f8 conference kicks off. There, Facebook is expected to announce more new features coming to the Facebook platform. Check back with WebProNews for updates throughout the day.

What do you guys think? Love it? Hate it? Do you feel like jumping to Google+, now that it’s open to everyone? Let us know in the comments.

Josh Wolford

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  • Barbara Puder

    Won’t be jumping to Google+ (plus what?) anytime soon. Sure I could get used to the changes. But I think they were too much all at the same time. It is true that anytime Facebook changes stuff, you’re going to get some complaining. But with this particular set of changes, the complaining seems to be both more vehement and universal. Friends that have, in the past, complained once and let it go are continuing to complain, and friends that almost never comment on Facebook changes are suddenly speaking up.

    I could live with most of the changes, but that ticker has to go. There are plenty of thing to keep people occupied, I see no need for yet another distraction. Even the best of us multitaskers have our limits. I really don’t need to know that my friends are commenting on posts by people that I neither know nor particularly are interested in knowing. I’m more than adequately occupied with my own direct interactions with said friends. Simply put, I don’t give a flying figwort.

    Newsflash for Facebook, and any other social media companies: If you want your site to be Social, it works better if you don’t alienate you users with the changes you make. Sure, there aren’t a lot of alternatives at the moment, but this is exactly the kind of behavior that will cause alternatives to be developed. Protecting your market share means treating those people who constitute with at least a modicum of respect. That’s really the best way to keep that ever-precious market share.

  • Kathleen Johnson

    Love the Facebook changes except for the “ticker” at the right – makes me feel like I am in Time Square with my nose up on the Billboard.

    Dislike the fact that they have chosen, once again, to not include a “Dislike” button.

  • Phyllis

    Hate it. Hate the ticker that makes me feel like I can’t even “like” a comment without the whole world watching. I’ve officially turned into a Facebook Lurker. I never click “Like” and I never comment now. And the page is heinously busy. I can barely even lurk and read with that annoying updating timeline thing. Horrible.

  • jason

    The ticker on the right needs to go. Every time it updates it takes me back to the top of the feeds. Also I like looking back to see what was posted, this new style mixes the post and real confusing when someone else post about a previous post yet it is not in order. Options to view it newest first should be our choice, not the “top story” that FB decides I need to see.

  • Hananh

    My only question is WHO determines what is important or interesting!?? “You won’t have to worry about missing important stuff. All your news will be in a single stream with the most interesting stories featured at the top.”

  • Obie

    FB should let us have more options to turn off the things we don’t want.
    I had to do a lot of work-arounds to get things back to a bit like I had it all. It’s like having your computer desktop just the way you like and someone comes along and rearranges….sheesh

  • Greg

    It doesn’t bother me at all.

  • George

    I REALLY hate when people say “ohhh, people are just bitching cos they hate change”, that’s such a stupid point of view and completely ignorant to the vast amount of issues that need to be considered on this topic. As mentioned in one of the comments below, Facebook will alienate their users if they continue in this manner. The majority of changes (this one in particular) are not improvements, but actually make using the website more difficult and remove some of the most loved and needed aspects of it. But that’s not even the worse part. The worst part is their attitude. They don’t take any user feedback on board and completely disregard anything the users have to say. Before this change was launched they forced a Beta testing version on some people. A whopping majority of those testers said it was absolute rubbish and shouldn’t be implemented. This went completely ignored. Being unhappy with these changes is not “oh, I don’t like change”, as you claim. This is the result of customer dissatisfaction being wilfully ignored and steamrolled over.

  • Sherry

    I hate the new so called upgrades,,which are down grades, they obviously don’t pay attention to the users and their complaints about the way they do things or facebook would keep it the way the users like it,,I mean any one trying to sell something would want to make sure the customer was very happy or they would never go back

  • Tresna

    I think what facebook should do is focus over privacy concerns which they succeed to leak thousands of user ID from the Apps and games.
    And little does people know that each time you log on to FB you will be exposed to most unwanted ads for a social site, even more than twitter does.

  • Richard

    Different people use FB differently. Some just use it to keep tabs on friends and family. They’re going to dislike the new feed because it disrupts the normal chronological flow of posts that they’re reading. Top stories is redundant and not needed for these people. Their friend lists are small and manageable and it’s not hard to read all the posts their friends are making.

    People with hundreds of friends can’t read everything those friends post and will likely be more receptive with letting FB put the top stories on top. Social networking butterflies want to know what people are buzzing about. Butterfles are less interested in what individuals say and prefer staying current with what the masses are talking about.

    To stay successful, FB needs to acommodate both types of users. Ramming every change down the thrats of casual users isn’t going make them happy. Not adding changes to cutting edge social networkers isn’t going to keep them excited. There’s no reason why FB can’t be configured to keep both types of users happy.

  • Software development services

    Honestly, I’m quite happy with the changes in FB’s news feed among other things. Let people crib all they want, at the end they’ll all came back and ‘like’ it !

  • Chris Crum

    I wonder how many new sign-ups Google+ got yesterday.

  • Top 10 Banks

    And how much did you pay for Facebook? If you pay something to use it, you deserve a say. Yes, Facebook needs us, but apparently there isn’t much better out there.

    Yes, they do need to be careful. Myspace wasn’t and Facebook overtook them. The same can happen.

    But, honestly, you get free access to a pretty amazing peace of software. It will store your pictures, videos, notes for free.

    cd :O)

  • Dan Aron

    Too much information!! In your face immediately. FB is just getting annoying.

  • lynn

    the ticker does give me a headache. I liked the option we had at the top of the page to either read top news or most recent… I saw more that way. now the page feels congested like a big traffic jam. I am about ready to try out google plus and see if I like it any better. or just do away with all of it altogether. I may just get on to play my games and get back off. At least that way I might get some cleaning done.

  • Heather

    You know — I think the problem is we just want to be able to come home to our FB page after a long day and not find the furniture has been rearranged AGAIN. Change is okay — but roll it out slowly and give the option to try the new beta version or stick with the old one. Options — please!! Leave the furniture alone and get the new puppy off my chair!! Ugh!

  • Nancy Keane

    I think it’s a mess! I don’t have time to spend all day searching for the things I want. I use Facebook for two reasons: business and friends/family. The social part — forget it. Too much of a headache now to bother with.

    Not sure yet how it will affect business, but I can’t see it helping.

  • Jennie Kermode

    I don’t bitch about every change on Facebook. By and large, I don’t care. But this makes Facebook just about unusable for me. I use it to connect with friends and colleagues in remote places who don’t know many other people online, often because very few people in their countries have internet access. The heavier emphasis on ‘top news’ (i.e. what is popular) makes it much harder to keep track of their voices and swings this medium even further toward the reinforcement of Western cultural hegemony. I am now shifting as much of my activity as practicable into other media.

  • Larry Miller

    The problem with the ticker as opposed to the recent iteration is that things flip by too quickly and you can’t take your time reviewing posts that Fb did not believe warranted Top Story status. Beyond this, we really don’t know how Fb determines the Top Story status and it appears that it is a way of downplaying the posts they did not feel were important. There have been cries of censorship on the part of Fb and this will only fuel that feeling.

  • ron

    Rubbish Put it back! I use less now as dont know what is going on.

  • Thomas

    What do I think? I started a petition, it’s so bad. Can’t stand it. I started a Petition:

  • Christy

    I didn’t like the changes at first, but after playing around with the lists (look under Favorites on the left, hover over and click More), I’m very happy with them. I moved all of my family into the family list, all of my close friends into the close friends list, and all of my game friends into the friends list (which I renamed Game Friends). I moved these lists to Favorites, and now when I click on a list under Favorites, I get only the posts from the people on those lists, and in the order they are posted.

    As for the ticker, I find it useless. It moves too quickly, and typically shows things I don’t care about. I would rather read them on my list newsfeeds.

  • Susie

    I always quickly checked the notifications, read the ones I consider interesting, then scroll through the ‘most recent’ feed, DECIDING FOR MYSELF which updates were important enough to read. It takes a LOT longer for me to check up on friends and family after the changes.
    How the heck does Facebook know which feeds are most important and deserve my attention? In short, THEY DON’T!!
    I guess I’ll have to hide all those statuses I only friended to be polite.

  • D Brown

    Excellent changes for those wishing to cut back on their Facebook usage or eliminate it altogether!

  • Paula Biel

    I do not know half of the people that make comments or “like” someones page and I do NOT want the whole world knowing what I like or don’t like or what I said to Joe Blow. I have opened a Google Plus account and will migrate myself and most of my friends over. I HATE the new Facebook feed. I don’t need to read everybodys ads and that is all that is posted on my page anymore. Comments are only posted on my wall. Stupid.

  • kera

    as with all the changes thus far – you’re right, most of us woke up saying “wtf, now???” but we’ll get used to it, right? The phrase that keeps arising for me is… “just because they CAN, doesn’t mean they SHOULD.” along with, “if it ain’t broke, why fix it??”. But ya… i was one of the “oh for cryin’ out loud”-ers… i have decided life is too short to carry that ire around. it is what it is, and fb isn’t about to take MY advice, and until they start charging me for it, i’ll just shut up.

  • RR

    Every time I check out facebook to see if it has gone past a junior high school mentality… it has not. The latest findings are that it does not lead to more sales in peoples businesses. So, the only reason one is on facebook is for tons of useless information(gossip) and why would I want to know what anyone in my life is doing at all times? I have more interesting things to do with my time than be concerned with creating as many fake friends as I can and worry about popularity. This sad obsession people have with needing some sort of way to feel important or valuable through social networking is very shallow and leads to more isolation on a core level, not less. Focus on having a couple of real friendships that will last a lifetime and give those people your time in person and speak to them on the phone to hear their voice and stop with all this wasted time on fake friends that would easily forget your name if you needed them to take you to a hospital or lend you money in an emergency. Posing photos to share with real friends or family is one thing but worrying about how many thumbs up, being liked or not? …Come on people move out of this type of thinking…there is so much more to life that you need to embrace that is exciting and fullfilling and facebook is NOT ONE OF THEM! Privacy is a valuable commodity…think about it.

  • Anne Marie

    I HATE IT! I’ve never liked Facebook to begin with, but with a huge family spread out all over the country, it’s been the best way for everyone to keep in touch and be apprised of key family news. I am very computer literate, but have never found FB easy to navigate. And these new changes are ridiculous! I wish they would just let you close the stupid “ticker” if you don’t want to see it, which I don’t. I hate those thin little scroll bars. The whole right side of the page is far too junked up. Then this business of them “deciding” what’s the most interesting stuff…. That can go away, and the sooner the better. I have seen some posts by friends that I want to go back to later to comment on, and half the time it takes me forever to find them because they’re not in order. I will choose what I want to read first, Facebook; thank you very much….

    I may have to go back to plain old-fashioned e-mail to stay in touch. Bah and humbug on the new Facebook.

  • Universal Life Church

    I wouldn’t mind having a ticker going if I had the choice of maybe x number of people who I’d like to hear from. There are only about 20 people or so who I’d be interested in seeing regular updates from, so I’d be okay if only those people would show in the ticker with the random feed for the rest. I don’t always have time to check everyone who matters, but I also like a random mix of friends so I can get to know other people.

  • Christie

    Hate it. I REALLY hate when computers try to think for me (hello microsoft, I hate when word does it too, ahem!) – FB is putting ‘top news’ on things I could care less about!!! I’m a chronological kind of gal – give me the option. I hate that I no longer have the option!

    • SirCharles

      +1 :)

  • SirCharles

    They don’t need to keep messing things up. My FB app displayed everything 3 times , 3 times, 3 times to the point I thought it broke and I had to reinstall. Who at FB is testing this stuff before they disrupt 100 of millions of people trying to spend 10 minutes in FB to check who at what for lunch. Seriously, leave it alone and test test test before screwing it up.

    • Aidy

      We are the testers. FB likes to screw with us. Without a handshake or happy meal afterwards :)

  • garry

    looks more proffectional and looks better

  • Nick Baer

    I and only I decide what’s Top News!

    I have unselected so many pre-selected Top news items, that now it pretty much isn’t doing it!

  • J. Rioux

    I don’tind the news feed thing too much, but I do wonder if FB really jones what is important to me. What I don’t like knowing that every person who is a “friend” on my account gets to see what I’m doing every minute that I’m on FB. That’s an invasion of my privacy, and I DO NOT LIKE IT!!

  • Web designer

    As with all good things when they become over commercialized they lose the very thing that makes them specials. The new changes will altimately kill facebook.

  • Brian Benahm

    It is just like everything new, in a week you will be used to it. If facebook upset you so much that it ruined your life because of its changes you should consider getting a hobby that doesn’t have to do with a computer. I bet you would live a happeir life, unless complaining is what makes you happy.

    • eric tootell

      Brian your a putz

      • /// ted

        Looked in a mirror, lately?

        • Craig

          No, for some reason, all the ones I look into are broken.

          Don’t know why though.

  • Aidy

    No shit. This would be the fifth time I counted that I had to modify my FB page in someway, shape, or form. I think FB is making it increasingly harder to protect privacy. Alas, if we wanted complete privacy, we shouldn’t be on the internet. Ah well, change is something we have to get used to it seems.

  • sharon sala

    Uh… you’re wrong. If FB was shooting gold coins out of the USB port I’d be standing there with a bucket. HOWEVER…it opted for a different change. SO… main complaint. I do not appreciate topics being chosen FOR ME. I’ll pick my on content to read, thank you very much. I divorced the last person who tried to tell me what to do. FB is next.

  • eric tootell

    A dislike button is a great feature to add..I dislike the news feed and seems most of us do. The ticker showing me the conversation my friend is having with someone else that’s not my friend, is T.M.I and will cause alot of drama. If we chose to be that nosey, we could go to our friends page and catch it there. I’m very surprised facebook marketing team didn’t do a trial run on us first…You know, send a notification to everyone explaining they’re trying out a new ticker and ask us to comment how we like it. Why doesn’t facebook ask us what we like before making these solid changes? The last change i disliked also was when it started showing comments from last year in the sidebar…WTH is up with that? what if I lost someone close to me and posted about it and now I’m reminded. Or what if I said something aweful that I totally regret, I’m reminded of it? I can archive myself and so can everyone else. Facebook shouldn’t be promoting our privacy amongst other users this way. ASK YOUR USERS WHAT THEY LIKE BEFORE DOING IT AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE ABLE TO MEET THE DEMANDS>>>STOP GEUSSING!!!! VERY POOR BUSINESS. Google plus is looking very attractive to all users right now and good luck getting them back once they’re gone.

    • Kelly

      I agree with the old statuses appearing. My friend was reminded a couple of weeks ago that her world got shattered 2 years ago when her son passed away. Not cool.

    • Craig

      I like the idea of a ‘dislike’ button for function/features implemented by FB.

      I wouldn’t want to see a ‘dislike’ button for posts, images, content that users make available but a more direct channel for feedback to provide opinions on what functions and features are made available would be really useful.

      That or, make it possible to select what FB apps one wants to see and only show those.

      That said, data related to the usage of the new FB apps are likely to be read and analyzed by FB with potential future changes made based on usage in any event.

      When all is said and done, there could be a deluge of negative opinions posted about an application but if more people use it than don’t, which is more likely to send a louder signal?

      Bloggers don’t count, clicks do. 😉

  • Suzy allen

    OK, stream away with status updates, But I REALLY DO NOT want to know or care who just friended who or liked their post. I don’t have all day for that drivel. Don’t choose what you think I might like. I’m a woman. Things can change daily and I’m not alone.

  • H. Brennan

    I like to choose recent or reguar news feeds.
    Harder to navigate.
    Will probably use it less with these changes

  • Kelly

    The ticker in the right corner is great if you’re a stalker. Otherwise it’s way too much info. I really don’t want everyone to know my every move. It’s almost scary!

  • Ellen Duggan

    A topic of discussion as I taught my MBA class last night. Ages 22-51 in the class were all asking for a dislike button. As it was a Marketing Strategy course, it provided an example of how NOT to develop a competitive strategy by designing new features that the competitor has. Google+ and Facebook have different missions and goals, to which their markets respond to. Stay aligned, develop accordingly, and markets will shift. The fastest growing and largest market on FB are women over 50+.

  • Barry

    Who actually has enough time to cipher through all the changes and get used to the new format, I cannot see any improvements or have I missed something. “-(((((( sob sob!!!

  • Linda maclean

    Ha, and I thought the Facebook program had malfunctioned!

  • WDS

    Interesting… My FB page does not have any of the stuff people are complaining about? Matter of fact the annoying ads that used to be down the side of the page are gone too!

    Maybe the changes are not global yet or the changes are lost on my ad blocker?

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  • Mat Weller

    Your tone is appropriate concerning most of the previous FB changes. Almost everything they’ve changed to this point have been purely facial. I’ve been annoyed at changes before, but never enough to take an extra breath to comment.

    This change is a fundamental difference in function. As it happens, it’s a change in the function as I use it and may be a deal-breaker for me. I don’t care what’s most popular if it happened three days ago. I always feel like a goof when I answer a post only to find out after the fact that it’s old and all the important commenting on it has finished. Now FB is saying that’s the main way they want you to post. Forget that.

    For me, FB just made itself the FB-killer that G+ wanted to be. Wave it away all you want, but function is what makes Twitter king and Stumble an also-ran. It’s what makes Google Docs the industry standard and Microsoft a distant second begging for table scraps.

    I could care less about the design changes, but the filtering makes FB less useful, and let’s be honest, the real reason for it is so they can sell priority space to advertisers. It’ll be 2 weeks before strangely all that’s in your news feed is talk about Snuggies and videos that have Swiffer commercials in the beginning — like some dystopian future sci-fi book (i.e. Feed by M.T. Anderson).

  • /// ted

    Facebook…for those with TOO MUCH FREE TIME (shouting !) !

    This is perfect for the littering on the information highway. Trash, trash, and more trash! What the F*** am I doing here ??? ARGH!

  • Craig

    I love it!

    Actually what I love about it is all the people who constantly complain about FaceBook but, who keep going back, some for as long as 8 years complaining every step of the way.

    That said, I like to beat my head against the wall too, because it feels so good when I stop.

    But then why don’t I stop?

    Truthfully though, I can see people saying the changes clutter things up and make the UI more difficult to use but some people just seem too tightly wound or take a virtual world too seriously.

    If one really doesn’t like it, vote with clicks, or lack thereof. If the functions and features that are added don’t get used, they will go away. Hopefully to be replaced by something that is more useful.

    I hope FB eventually moves toward a configurable ‘home’ page where users can select the functionality they want, where they want it and when they want it.

    They have made small strides in this area but more so by making it possible to block certain types of content within various applications as opposed to being able to add/remove the applications themselves. They’ll get there though.

  • Catherine

    It seems their idea of “keeping it simple” in look and feel has gone out the window, but Facebook has always suffered from allowing their engineers to design it, test it, use it — instead of looking for an average user and seeing what the Facebook experience is like from their point of view.

    Banking has always had to have someone from the sales side give a thumbs up or down to engineers ideas for website implementation, because the web doesn’t work like they think, and neither do most people. And usually what the sales people wanted represented what the customer liked, which was often very different than what the engineers wanted to design, or change.

    Facebooks’ argument has always been that the site is free and they can do what they want, but eventually the user will get tired and leave the site for something simpler and more user-friendly, leaving them with a very young demographic. They keep thinking MySpace will never happen to them.

    Microsoft’s arrogance cost them search, so time will tell what Facebook’s arrogance will do to them.

  • Elle Smith Fagan

    The Federal Government is going to end up paying FaceBook for taking its stripes…i.e., giving folks a venue for spitting spleen over our financial crisis and threats. People access FaceBook daily and get in a nice stride with things; we are busy and hate such changes at first because it takes us out of our comfy rut, and takes extra time for a bit figuring it out and incorporating it….but any good doctor will tell you that health demands change from time to time. So, we can yell but we’re probably better for it. I opted out of the “fewer email notifications” – Ilike NOT missing my notifications. I simply made a email box, so they do not flood my other email boxes. 😀

  • Lynn Robertson

    The new “newsfeed” gets in the way! It’s not REALLY new…it’s just my peeps updates moved to a new spot. And it just looks like my Twitter. I ALREADY have Twitter. I didn’t need Twitter II! There’s too much stuff scattered all over the place on my wall. And FB says “They’re not after the revenue….YET”. Righhttttt!I don’t think they can “fix it” or change it back, they’d look like fools. I’m getting used to it…but NOT loving it. Too bad they keep messing with what WAS a fun thing.

  • Candy Hawblitz

    I absolutely DETEST the new FACEBOOK!!! :-(( Of course, I was NOT on Facebook at the very beginning as I had slow-speed dial-up for years at 14.4, and I used IRC or Pirch to keep in touch with everyone…plus e-mail, of course. I do realize things change, but couldn’t there at least have been a vote taken on whether we WANTED these changes? On looking for other similar sites, I found some people actually complaining that Facebook as well as all the chat sites, etc. should be replaced by the “old ways” of actually PHYSICAL CONTACT between people. I couldn’t help but laugh as that reminded me of the “old days” when a person married another “partly-related” person in the country as there was NO way to get to other towns to meet others. In my own day, everyone married someone they met at work as there wasn’t any choice. We didn’t HAVE a way of talking to others via the Net and finding someone who shared similar interests. Nor did we DARE express our opinions about the government, etc. nor our personal opinions because of the fear that existed even into the early 80’s!!! Facebook gives us ALL the opportunity to meet others who share our views, and the freedom to express our own views. Also a great many of us cannot leave our homes because of a disability, etc. (I have been totally housebound most of my adult life.) But because of Facebook, I have made REAL friends…people like myself! Yes…the Internet IS my life although I do many other things as well….just never see a human being. All that being said, I will probably try to adjust as I doubt Facebook will listen to me, and I will be searching for other programs similar to Facebook.

  • Mike Adamowicz

    My thoughts once again on these social updates is less is more. I can do my own talking, searching, emailing etc to my friends.

  • Trax

    Simply put! I like it, yes it takes abit of getting use to all the changes that happen across facebook, but thats what keeps it fresh and keeps people coming back for more. If facebooks layout was still the same as when it first started it would’nt be where it is now..

  • Cheryl Adkins

    I hate it. I used to be able to segregate the status updates,links, phots, games from everything else so I could see what my friends were doing. Now what I get is what Facebook thinks should be most important to me. I doesn’t matter to me how many other people like it or how often I interact with the person. I still may want to see their post even if no one likes it or I never interact. The new feed is confusing and takes away my ability to decide what I want to see. I hate it.

    • Sharon J

      I completely concur. They are changing stuff every freaking day it seems. The menu has changed, now they are telling me what the most recent and top stories are…WHO SAYS?? Much more of this and I will encourage my friends to do something I swore I would never do, which is go over to stupid Google+

      I am furious.

  • Banatu

    Great article. I don’t use FB but I like to monitor what it’s up to. The wry humor in the article and some of the comments made doing so fun — thanks for the info and laughs! :)

  • Dennis

    I aboslutely love the changes. Yes, it will take a little bit of use to get “used to it,” but overall I see it as all positive.

  • Grey Olltwit

    This whole ethos of companies providing you with the information they believe you want to see makes me puke. They have no idea what I want, it’s absurd and arrogant. I make a hotel booking and afterwards I’m shown billions of ads for hotels. Hello, I already made the booking….duh. I make a website for my brother’s ferret refuge charity and now all I get are ads for pet food. Hello, I don’t have a pet!

    Facebook and Google need to stop believing all their users are brain dead.

  • DeviantDe

    I’m on the “these changes suck” side. I was still hating the last changes, but had found a few workarounds for some of the problems the last changes created. Then I opened up facebook yesterday and was greeted with top stories about people either getting up or going to bed. How is “soooooo sleepy! nite nite facebook” TOP FREAKING NEWS??? And most of those stories were from game friends, not people I ever actually talk to. Posts by the people I do talk to frequently were almost impossible to find. I had to go to each person page if I wanted to see if they had posted anything. It’s like it hides the people you always talk with and is trying to force you to interact with the others(like what the current chat system does). I liked the old chronological order news feed. I’m hoping they will bring that option back, or that some wonderful code writing person will figure out a script that will do it. The tickers are annoying and I would happily live without them. The whole thing just looks and feels so cluttered now. And heaven forbid you need to add a friend. I hate the new lists. I had my own darn lists and I don’t want to have to recreate them or merge them with other lists. I am not a fan of google, but I am seriously starting to think about going to check out google plus. Or maybe even head back to myspace to see what they’ve done since I left it a few years ago. It was starting to suck when I left but could it really be any worse than the new facebook?

  • Gary Wilson

    I don’t like i at all. Sure some may be fine but with the new changes you can’t find anything like games plus I already had my list fixed with friend and family don’t need to make anymore. i wish they would go back and stop changing but i know that want happen. I don’t like the new changes at all.

  • Judit Kovacs

    The whole lot makes me leave FB. I am with those who hate the changes – slow loading, all over the place, forces me to weed through absolute junk before I find what I want, connect with friends, not what they think I want, the whole concept of using FB as a search engine is wrong,

  • Jan

    I’m pressing the GREAT BIG DISLIKe button here. LOL I particularly DISLIKE the ticker. I feel like it’s an invasion of privacy to tell everyone what I’m up to. If one of my guilty pleasures is the daily horoscope, that should be MY business! Being single, I also occasionally visit one of the dating applications and I DON’T want that broadcast to my friends and family. BIG DISLIKE!

    • Liz Rainey

      AMEN on the privacy issue.

      • moonlight

        and is the reason I never joined FB in the first place.

  • Truthwillsetyoufree

    hate them. You are not focusing that tablets will take over soon. Your changes are NOT tablet friendly at all!

  • Bryan Boettger

    I agree that change is unstoppable and people will bitch no matter what, so it makes sense to see how the change effects things a month out, not today.

    MORE IMPORTANTLY: Did you see the keynote from F8? THAT truly proved one thing about Facebook: they are not business-minded. They can’t even remotely market and digitally educate consumers effectively for themselves, so how would we expect them to come up with good marketing options for businesses and brands? Sure, they are a great platform for advertising and brand presence, but they are definitely not a leader in discovering new ways to bring engagement between brands and fans.

    — Bryan
    Chief Creative Officer
    The Buddy Group

  • don gamble

    Problem is Facebook does not give a damn about what the users want or like.
    They need to take a page from Netflix who seem to screw the customer over.
    This seem to be a example of also what Google does.Both Facebook and Google say if have you have a problem screw you, we would NOT allow you to contact us .In the end they both can fail like many other because of thier were God and we know everything .

  • Jeremie C

    Facebook is almost entirely about games and socializing through those games. Now I get it, some people don’t play the games, and if they don’t this particular update won’t matter much to them. However in the news section which 99% of the gamers want to see is the ability to sort the news by application. Another words if I want to see all the Farmville news from all of my friends I have but to press a button. That is what we want, that is what we sort of had last week. That is exactly what we don’t have right now. That is what the users want. Why facebook will not listen to this one simple demand of the users is beyond me. If you read most of the complaints it’s all about this one little idea. If facebook just simply did this people would love them again. Scrolling tickers and top stories..that’s fine. I really don’t care. It would just be nice if they listened to what the people actually want. If google+ can realize that facebook is almost entirely about the games and give people this feature many people will start to make the switch just like they started to do to myspace.

    • Vickie Thompson Cawley

      I agree 100%. I don’t give a flying fig about what other Facebook users are doing at any given time. I have my friends on my profile and we are all of the same mind frame about the games. Who cares who is doing who or with what and if I wanted to read someone’s rant on how their life sucks I would write my own autobiography and post it. I do not want other peoples info about their life and their friends lives filling up my computer screen. I have enough to worry about in my own little part of this world without having to read about the rest of the worlds peoples everyday lives. Who cares if someone posts that they are going to get coffee or going to lunch or some such nonsense? All I want to do is chat with a couple of friends in MY CHAT BOX and send and receive game gift requests.

  • Tom Aikins

    Facebook says that the most interesting stories will be at the top of our news feeds from now on. The most important stories to who? How are they going to decide what the most important stories are to me? This sounds like total BS to me.

  • Jason P

    I don’t mind it, the core features are always left in tact, people don’t like to try new things, that is what it gets down to. But in very little time, the complaints will be over and people will be mindlessly feeding their FB addiction “just like old times”.

  • Sandra

    Facebook’s new news thingy sucks.

  • Treb

    It isn’t surprising at all to me if Facebook will be having a total change in their interface… in the first place I already hated some of their features and I had made a blog about it

  • Liz Rainey

    I am not opposed to change. I work on the internet – internet is change… HOWEVER, that said, Facebook is not “the internet.” Facebook is like my home online, where I get together with friends, relax, gossip … like my house. I come to Facebook to relax (did I say that?) and having to deal with constant UNEXPECTED changes, is like going to sleep in my house, and waking up in someone else’s home. It just throws you for a loop. I hate it, even though I welcome change normally.

  • SymS

    I’m fine with the changes. Those are only minor.

  •* djskagnetti

    how about: quit crying you f’ing babies. gtfo if you don’t like it. just because you went all myspace and added 3000 friends you don’t care about anyways doesn’t mean people who use the service sensibly do not enjoy it. the great thing about it is: you don’t have to click the Home tab, ever. you also don’t have to have a facebook account, ever. GTFO!

  • Rich Haslam

    To those who feel the need to vent and say that they are representing the rest of us by saying “we don’t like it”, I say “put your money where your mouth is”. It’s free fer cryin-out-loud. No one is making you use it, your not paying for it, what’s your gripe? Just more selfish entitlement babies if you ask me.

  •* djskagnetti

    and for those who don’t like the ads: ADBLOCK PLUS – google it, download it, install it. now stop whining for once and say Thanks.

  • John Mason

    Hate the changes. Didn’t like the previous layout, like this version even less. So far every top story has been something I would have classed as least interesting. It would have helped if FB had provide CLEAR instructions well before the changes.
    An aside, A friend posted a wall photo critical of the FB changes but the like button underneath doesn’t work, censorship perhaps?

  • Kat

    Totally bonkers. The “nobody like change” argument is BS. I’ve been adjusting in a DOWNWARD direction each time FB decides *it* knows what its users want and makes idiotic design and functionality changes. Never have I found myself thinking, “wow, this is so sleek and simple and cool!” No. Just …. N.O. This is over-the-top, out-of-control, too much Adderall-buzzed developer madness crap. Enough is too much. Bye-bye FB and helloooo Google+

  • Tori

    Continual upgrades have become common-place. I’m sure, amongst the hoards of dislikers there are just as many people who like the change (although I can’t give any examples as to why – I am not a fan of this latest version).

    Facebook, I’m not sure how you do your market research, but you may want to take a quick double check and verify that you’re rolling out upgrades most people want, just saying.

    My main issue is not being able to setup the feed the way I want it. Technology is a tool – I want it to work my way (well, as close to ‘my way’ as I can configure it). Give me information in order by date please AND give me a way to close down sections I don’t want to see. I don’t care what FB considers “my” Top Stories. Has anyone found a way to ‘hide’ this section? Any one … *sigh*

  • Mick D

    Well, the fallacy here is: with no stimulus there can be no reaction. A stimulus can have either a good or a bad reaction. This change legitimately warrants a bad reaction. If gold coins suddenly started pouring out of my usb ports, I assure you I won’t complain.

  • nSathees

    When you crate an app like facebook the creator had the user in mind and focused to satisfy the need of them. Once you have grown, then the creators mind shifts to competitors and the app take a dramatic turn to counter competition. At that point it looses the main focus, the user!

    Now, one try to incorporate all the features available in all the social apps in facebook, it will become a crap than user friendly. That’s what happening to facebook now!

    Don’t forget one thing! average facebook user is novice in computer technology. So keeping it simple is important. Else there will be another popping up soon.

  • Gal

    I kinda like the way Facebook has integrated concepts from Google+ and Twitter with its existing stuff. It’s hard to form an opinion without experimenting with these features, but as someone who is easily overwhelmed by boring junk updates, any automatic filtering is good.

    Personally, I’m probably not going to use the Ticket much, but then again, I don’t use Twitter much either.

    Yet another move to keep Facebook as a digital world unto its own.

  • David Jackson

    The new changes recently reminds me of a giant going crazy, which is sad. If they keep on yielding it’s power, just because they can, Facebook well profit, fan base, power and popularity. There will be a new sheriff in town. All giants will eventually fall! F Facebook!

  • David Jackson

    The new changes recently reminds me of a giant going crazy, which is sad. If they keep on yielding it’s power, just because they can, Facebook will lose profit, fan base, power and popularity. There will be a new sheriff in town. All giants will eventually fall! F Facebook!

  • Mark Oliver

    No one likes change! The weird thing for me is that FaceBook believes that people want to share that much, but then they just might be right. Certainly if they want you to share everything from ‘just brushed my teeth’ to ‘listening to Miles Davis’ then need to change the stream because all that utterly useless drivel will chase away users.

  • alana

    i, just like so many others dont like the changes that have been made last week, the news feed scrolling continuously is so annoying i dont want to know whos liking what or whos saying xyz 24-7!! and where did the recent and most recent buttons go??? have been told to get the old face book format back all you need to do is to go into settings and change ur language to english UK and some how thats supposedly is ment to change it back??, But alas my facebook is still in the new crazy format. could someone chnge it back please!!!!! xxxxx

  • http://facebook sonia

    Annoying – FB is becoming more communistic by the day but like everyone else i’ll ignore the irritation and carry on or quit moaning and de-register

  • Peter

    The new FB feed has turned a useful and easy to follow site into an absolute mess. At least give people the option to go back to the old way!

  • Jesus Sordo

    I use Facebook specially to create pages to promote other services and website, and in that sense, they are doing better. However, now that I am cheking and condiguring my Google+ account, I find the Friends area still a bit confusing. Now they have the Best friend thing, but the way Google+ organice contacts, seems more intuitive to me.

  • Doug B.

    I haven’t logged on to FB to see the new interface yet, and from reading what you quoted from FB, that’s probably the point of the latest change. I’m sure they’ve peaked as far as new subscribers, and they are scrambling to keep people using the site. I was using FB every day a couple of years ago, but now only check it every month or two. When I do check it, I would like to see the main things that have happened with my friends over the month, not detail about the last couple of days.

  • Amish Hacker

    Basically if you are mad about Facebook changes


    1. You are a very low self esteem person who needs psychological intervention quick before you kill someone (that’s the next stage)

    2. You are an immature adult or a kid.

    Really, who gets bothered about what Facebook does? You can be pissed about Google changes as they are the gateway of the internet but Facebook? Come on people! This is the thing, if you use Facebook for other reasons than marketing, you really have some mental issues mankind would appreciate you taking care of. The same goes with the “location apps” users. Extremely low self esteem.

    Go easy on me Josh.

    • Valerie

      Hmmm? if you are using it for marketing, don’t you expect potential customers to be using it?

      Are you calling all of them idiots? That might be a really bad view if you are a business person.

  • Neil H

    The newsfeed I can get over, it’s that stupid ticker that’s annoying. It’s true, I don’t need to see every single update, comment, photo tag, etc., etc., etc. that every single one of my FB friends are on. It’s stupid, it’s annoying, and yes, kinda stalkerish if you care about every single move your friends make…

  • Ionut Calin

    what is this thing about asking for my personal phone number,this is cool starting today no more facebook …why don’t they ask for my underwhere size..jeezeessssssss!

  • Valerie

    The changes in the options for what you can now choose to see in the newsfeed is much better. However, the time it takes to go thru the settings for each friend seems the biggest issue.

    it took me about 40 minutes for 150 friends. Those people who go nuts & have 300 or more friends would take a long time to adjust all the settings.

    The only suggestion I would make, they should have given you an option to adjust the newsfeed options for everyone, as one adjustment. Then you could go back & fine tune it at your convenience.

    All of these type of sites are getting out of hand as far as too much information is demanded & shared indiscriminately. Nobody needs to see every page I visit, every comment I leave, everything I like & where I am or have been every minute of the day.

    If you were a hacker & a burglar, knowing when people weren’t home would be a snap, & where they live from all these posted photos that give the location where photos were taken. Nuts!!!

    then you have all these applications that demand access to every part of your account, but can only be used on Non-Secure connections. So the app can grab all my info & share it with everyone?

    Again, not the best way to handle our personal information & facebook wants to give out more of it?

    No matter what site you are using, what is up with some computer program deciding what is important to me & what I want to search for?

    Isn’t that supposed to be my choice?

  • Lionel Bachmann @ Model Trains

    Could Facebook actually be shooting itself in the foot with these updates? All the people who don’t like them may be more inclined to make the switch over to Google+. I’m not on FB much, but judging from that screen shot, there’s too much information on the screen, and it is very cluttered.

  • mm

    i thought this article would actually say something useful. you’re an idiot for writing it. duh. we are all voluntary users and fb can change at will. well, there is such a thing as ruining a good thing. the changes that they are making are idiotic. i don’t want an algorithm to decide what i like. zuckerberg is an asshole and so it his site. i’m so out. google+ here i come…

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