The NEW New Facebook Layout

September 24, 2011

There are so many different types of Social Networks nowadays: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube Channels, the faded MySpace and recently popular Google+. They all have different features but are essentially used for the same purpose. Facebook is the largest player in the market, and every time it makes a change, the world collectively gasps ... And a lot of people start yelling.

When Facebook launched back in 2004, it was designed with college kids in mind. I remember when you HAD to have a college email address to set up a Facebook account – the good ole days. A year or two later, Facebook created a separate section for high school students, and not too long after that, anyone on the planet could get a Facebook account, and the growing/changing audience necessitated changes in the platform.

Facebook is a great way to find old friends and catch up, and it's also an easier way to update everyone all at once what you are doing. I found out my best friend was engaged on Facebook ... That's right. I found out by Facebook before I got a phone call. Facebook is like a drug - it's addictive. Some people live there all day.

If you work for an IT company, you know that technology is constantly changing. To keep up with evolutions in technology and perceived needs of the growing user base, Facebook will update its platform every few months. If you have a Facebook account, you've probably noticed that they released a new layout this week. You've probably also noticed all of your friends' status changes complaining about how they hate the way it looks, how "It's too hard to use." Those friends hated the old "new Facebook," and somewhere down the road, they've learned to love and/or depend on that "new Facebook" which is now in the "old Facebook" category. It's pretty annoying right?

Here's my advice for the change-averse:

  1. If Facebook didn't change, it would get stagnant and someone else would introduce something better ... The same way Facebook supplanted MySpace. DEAL WITH IT.
  2. If you don't like the changes Facebook makes, DELETE your account and move to a new Social Network like Twitter or try out Google+.
  3. Instead of complaining how hard the new Facebook is to use, take the time to READ the instructions they have provided for you ... From a desktop you are able to mouse over a section and it will tell you what it means and how to use it.
  4. Last but not least – whining is for babies and last time I checked you were in your 20's, 30's, 40's, and up - so suck it up!

Whew! Now that felt good ... :-)

- Natalie

Comments

September 24th, 2011 at 10:26am

"Last but not least – whining is for babies and last time I checked you were in your 20′s, 30′s, 40′s, and up – so suck it up!"

Bravo!! :) I totally agree with you Natalie, Facebook needs to continue updating to remain relevant and even though they have had some bad ideas, for the most part they have done well, or they wouldn't have nearly a billion accounts.

September 24th, 2011 at 7:29pm

mouse-over instructions don't make it any more intuitive or less terrible.

Anytime you change the customer portal, you'll get the same complaints.

September 30th, 2011 at 4:50pm

I DO work in IT and have for almost 20 years and I HATE the "adapt or leave" attitude. IT exists for the end user...repeat after me...IT exists for the end user. If you make a wholesale change to software - leave some backward compatibility. The average user will not care about the changes to Facebook and they'll move on. There will, however, be a large number of users who feel frustrated and angry about the changes and I'm a little surprised that Facebook didn't roll this out in a smoother manner.

As to your cavalier attitude of "get over it or leave?" I sure am glad you don't work in MY IT department!!

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September 24th, 2011 at 10:26am

"Last but not least – whining is for babies and last time I checked you were in your 20′s, 30′s, 40′s, and up – so suck it up!"

Bravo!! :) I totally agree with you Natalie, Facebook needs to continue updating to remain relevant and even though they have had some bad ideas, for the most part they have done well, or they wouldn't have nearly a billion accounts.

September 24th, 2011 at 7:29pm

mouse-over instructions don't make it any more intuitive or less terrible.

Anytime you change the customer portal, you'll get the same complaints.

September 30th, 2011 at 4:50pm

I DO work in IT and have for almost 20 years and I HATE the "adapt or leave" attitude. IT exists for the end user...repeat after me...IT exists for the end user. If you make a wholesale change to software - leave some backward compatibility. The average user will not care about the changes to Facebook and they'll move on. There will, however, be a large number of users who feel frustrated and angry about the changes and I'm a little surprised that Facebook didn't roll this out in a smoother manner.

As to your cavalier attitude of "get over it or leave?" I sure am glad you don't work in MY IT department!!

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