Facebook: Another example that change isn´t good?

23 Sep 2011


In the week where billions were wiped off the value of our pensions by a tumbling stock market and a £12 billion NHS IT system was scrapped because it didn’t work, one issue got more people hot under the collar than anything else: Facebook.

Zuckerberg smiles away, despite upsetting so many of his faithful Facebook users

Even the most casual user of the world’s favourite social networking website will have noticed a major overhaul in how their news feed works. The top stories since your last login are now at the top of the page – think of it like a friend who tells you everything that has happened when you get back from holiday.

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg has been announcing things left, right and centre. Users can choose to automatically share what they’re reading, watching or listening to on the web, without having to click a ‘like’ button.

While it’s difficult to feel sorry for a man like Zuckerberg, who is so minted at such a young age and seems to have some sort of Midas touch for tech trends, he must be a little sad that each change he makes is met by such disapproval by a large number of users.

Just look at your news feed through the week, if it’s anything like mine then it’ll be full of people spitting feathers about the changes. “Why do they have to go and ruin it?... What was wrong with the way it was before?... I’m leaving Facebook, it’s rubbish!”

I dare say most of the people complaining will get used it of course, rather than leave, but it does make you wonder whether Zuckerberg should copy Twitter’s method of phasing in new designs.

‘New Twitter’ was available to users for about a year before ‘Old Twitter’ was finally dropped for good. While some didn’t like the new design at first, eventually even they were won over and there wasn’t quite the same drama when ‘Old Twitter’ was banished for good.

But are we entitled to complain about changes to social networking websites at all? It’s not like we’re paying a subscription fee for them, and we can leave on our own free will at any point, voting with our feet.

One thing is for sure, Zuckerberg will continue to make substantial changes in the future to keep Facebook at the centre of our online lives… so brace yourself for a few more alterations.

What do you think of the changes to your Facebook profile? Are you a lover of change or should these things not be meddled with? Comment below or tweet @DixonsinTheKnow