Do you STILL hate the new Facebook? [Video]

I’ve written this post before, at the end of 2010, the last time Facebook made a significant update. Every time Facebook unveils their new innovations, users get up in arms and turn to Facebook itself to vent their frustration. I can understand the shock that some people feel when the login to see that their photos, news, friends, and lists are not in same place. Facebook has updated their service a lot over the past few months, including new subscriptions, news feeds, mobile versions, games, photos, lists, and more. Change is good.

Here’s what I see:

News ticker: It’s that little box on the top-right side of the page that follows you as you navigate around the page. It keeps me posted on the minute-by-minute updates from friends and I don’t have to click back to the main news feed to see the updates. I like it.

Better lists: We have Google+ Circles to thank for this upgrade. Facebook has gone one step further and has started to suggest how to categorize our friends. Though, they can’t get it 100% right with their suggestions, I like to have a place to start from.

Subscribe button: This is another page out of the Google+ (and Twitter) playbook. You can now follow anybody on Facebook, without having to be their friend, as long as they have enabled their subscribe feature. I’m still experimenting with this and don’t know if I’ll keep it.

Privacy: They claim to have added a “new suite of safety tools” to the network, including advanced security settings, and tools for families. Before you go any further with the new Facebook, it’s a good idea to revisit your privacy settings to make sure nothing has been unknowingly changed. I do this after every Facebook upgrade.

User backlash: It happened in 2008, it happened in 2010, it happened in February of 2011 with the photo viewer update, and now it’s happening again. People are freaking out about the upgrades. I would encourage those who are upset to take a breath, give the new features a try, and then decide if they work for you. If you don’t like them, don’t use them – that sends a message to Facebook.

Remember, this type of upgrading is essential. If we were faced today with Facebook as it existed in 2006, surely we wouldn’t be satisfied. Yes, they are “keeping up with the Jones'” in some respects (Google+ and Twitter), but that’s a good thing. The more pressure these companies put on each other the faster they are forced to innovate and improve their services. At the end of the day, it’s the user who benefits most from these perpetual upgrades. You may not love them all, but we’re definitely better off today then we were way back in 2006.

What do you think about the new Facebook? Love it? Hate it? or meh? I would love some thoughts on this one.

Here’s a quick video from Facebook explaining some of their new features:

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4 Comments to “Do you STILL hate the new Facebook? [Video]”

  1. In my view, one of the most importiant new features added is an approval mechanism for allowing you to be tagged in content posted about you (photos, posts, etc.). I always though this was a no brainer and that making people chose between either anything they were tagged in (malicious or not) instantly showing up in their profile or alternatively not allowing any tagging at all seemed like a weird choice to force people to make. This is the one feature that I have wanted since I joined Facebook in 2007 and I am very happy that it is finally here!

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  2. I think these changes are by far the best ones Facebook have come up with. Though the lists are a little messy, and they haven’t allowed you to share things with multiple lists (without re-posting) I think this is a step in the right Google+ butt-kicking direction.

    It was inevitable that Facebook was going to answer to Google+, and I think they brought their A-game.

    Facebook is here to stay, and so are its users. As much as they complain, you know they’re still rolling out of bed and checking their updates.

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  3. In all honesty, I was one of the first to complain about the F8 changes and not necessarily because there were new features added but because there was not enough effort in telling the average user.

    Change is great, and constantly happening in the online world but is it too much to inform users of these awesome updates?? By informing users there comes two benefits 1) A great PR opp to showcase you care and 2) Getting support from Facebook users…granted the latter could backfire but nevertheless…history has shown that Facebook users are always arms in the air when these updates take place.

    So, my only issue with these updates are not necessarily the updates them self but the knowledge of what has changed…. Only after reading your post did I realize there were privacy changes – I now have to inform all my family and friends who aren’t working in the industry, and would not know any better.

    Facebook, Google+, Twitter, may all need to take a lesson from Algonquin’s PR when it comes to putting its users first ;-)

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