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Facebook users getting use to the new look

Facebook recently underwent some changes to their layout. They updated their site to give more 'pages' to users to display their information. There were several reasons, according to Facebook, for doing this. One reason was to allow for more advertising space. Yes, to pay for this wonderful and free social networking service, there must be advertising.

Unfortunatly, users in general are not too happy with this change. As of this month, they have had to switch over to the new look. Many people have epressed confusion over trying to find everything. Other users are upset because it is not fully compatible with Firefox.

In July the Facebook blog told us about a change that was coming. According to the blog;

Over the past six months, 100,000 of you have offered to help improve the user experience on Facebook by giving your feedback and suggestions, and we're excited to show you what we've come up with. Here are some highlights:

The Wall now surfaces the most recent and relevant information—in the form of posts of stories—about you. We believe that having a constant stream of information, or "feed" is the most effective way to learn about and keep up with friends. Just as News Feed helps you know what is happening in your social circle, you can use the Wall as a way to give your friends the full story of what's happening with you.

A big piece of the Wall is the Publisher, which enables you to publish content—photos, notes, your status, and so on—directly to your Wall. The Publisher works with most applications so that you have one place to go to add content to your own profile or to a friends'.

The profile is very personal; it's important to us that everyone have control over their own profile. Along those lines, once you've published stories or posted content, you can adjust the size to promote the things you care about most, and demote the stories you don't find as interesting.

One of our key goals of this project has always been to make the site simpler and cleaner. The new tabbed profile should help a lot in this respect, breaking your information into tabs by type. The Wall tab displays most recent and relevant information both about you and by you. The Info tab shows information about you that doesn't change frequently. The Photos tab shows photos of you as well as your albums. The Boxes tab features all of your existing application boxes. You're also able to add tabs for your favorite applications.

Keep in mind, nothing with your privacy is changing with this; in fact, the new story formats should offer even greater control over what and how information is shared. We still respect all the same, trusted privacy controls as before. Thanks again for the feedback, and enjoy the new Facebook.
Facebook founder Zuckerberg posted the following statement;

“After months of hard work, we’re at a point where almost all 100 million people around the world on Facebook are using the new design. As we continue to roll this out, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on what we’ve built and why I think it’s an important step for us.

Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. In the last four years, we’ve built new products that help people share more, such as photos, videos, groups, events, Wall posts, status updates and so on.

As people share more, sometimes we need to change the site to accommodate how much information people are posting. Back in 2006 we launched News Feed, which brought all of the most recent and interesting activity from the people you care about right to your home page. Similarly, the new Facebook design replaces all the big boxes on profiles and brings all of your friends’ most recent and interesting activity to front and center.”

But then goes on to say “We realize that change can be difficult though. Many people disliked News Feed at first because it changed their home page and how they shared information. Now it’s one of the most important parts of Facebook. We think the new design can have the same effect.

With this release, we’ve worked harder to get more feedback about what we can improve. Starting in March, we created a Page where we gave updates on the changes we were considering and more than 150,000 people joined and participated”. Despite the positive noise he admits that around a quarter of the users who’d tried the new design had immediately reverted to the old system but says that supporting both designs just wasn’t feasible.

The new Facebook will be a work in progress for some time but it’s clear that a significant slice of it user base are averse to the change, literally millions of people are signing up to the anti-change groups. Whether users vote with their feet remains to be seen.

Not all users of Facebook have been happy.
Being social network users, they show their unhappiness by forming and joining groups.
Here are a few of the groups;

How to get the old Facebook back group has over 360,000 members.
This groups shows how to hack into the old Facebook.

has 2,379,816 members

on the flip side 1,000,000 PEOPLE AGAINST PEOPLE AGAINST THE NEW FACEBOOK LAYOUT has 185 members

Users can either stay with the new Facebook and join groups opposing thechange or they can quit using the source of a social addiction. It will be interesting to see if Facebook ever allows users to go back to the old interface or to see how many people quit as a result.

For now, people will have to deal with the free networking service.


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