Facebook face users ire over RSS feeds
Facebook Tuesday added an RSS “news” feed that informs members of differences in their friends’ pages, like new photos added to their pages or groups joined.
The information itself could have been viewed by members before the new RSS feed, but required their active participation: users had to actually visit their friends’ page and then put two and two together to figure out what had changed. Now, the company is doing that work and broadcasting it to users’ friends–highlighting the very information that users assumed would seep out more gradually.
Somewhere around 500,000 of Facebook’s 9 million users were peeved enough to petition the company to do away with the new feature.
Praneeth is the author of the “Digital Media News Portal” with special focus on India.