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  • A Change For Facebook Is Not For The Better

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    There are some who like change, and those who see it as a the worst possible scenario. For Facebook users, we are used to the little changes here and there, maybe once every couple of months. For those older and just getting comfortable with Facebook, it's like starting from ground zero; having to learn where to post, how to see a friends photos, where to comment on a video....the list goes on and on. David Pogue of The New York Times discusses the complaints Facebook is receiving over their latest design.

    Facebook recently redesigned its site, moving things around and adding new elements. Of course, Facebook frequently fiddles with its features, and these fixes frequently infuriate its fans.

    This time, though, the changes have done more than ruffle a few feathers; they’ve practically plucked the chickens.

    A poll run by the social media news blog Mashable found that 75 percent of Facebook fans “hate” the redesign. The new Facebook fared even worse on the poll site Sodahead, where 86 percent gave the changes a thumbs down.

    Of course, any time a company with 800 million active customers makes a change, a certain predictable percentage of them go ballistic. The wails of protest have become just another cherished phase of the cycle. If you don’t like change, technology may be the wrong field for you.

    Do the Facebook changes justify all the teeth-gnashing? Here’s a rundown of what’s come out recently, and what’s coming soon — and one man’s verdict on each one’s true wail-worthiness.

    THE TIMELINE The new Facebook Timeline view is still in private testing; you, the public, won’t get to see it for a couple more weeks. For now, it’s optional. Eventually, it will replace your existing Profile page — thus the griping. But this time, change is good.

    In essence, it’s a timeline of your life, depicted on a vertically scrolling page. Now is at the top; your birth is at the bottom. Facebook generates it automatically, using your recent news and life events to populate it; the farther back you go in time, the more Facebook condenses events. You can manually expand or compress various phases of your life, and you can manually add or remove events. (That’s fortunate. Otherwise, the entire period before you joined Facebook would be a big boring blank.)

    Read more at The New York Times

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