Monday, March 23, 2009

Facebook Gets Flack

Ever since Facebook introduced a Twitter-esque home page platform, all I have seen are complaints consuming my newsfeed. Apparently this phenomenon is affecting more than just my network. A popular application that has polled users on the redesign, with over 90% voting in disapproval. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sent an email to his employees stating that “the most disruptive companies don’t listen to their customers.”

Social Media journalist Ben Parr weighs in on the alternatives that Facebook can take to cool this fire:

1. Stay the course: Facebook says nothing, addresses nothing, and charges on with its bold plans to change how we use the social graph.

2. Issue assurances to the Facebook community: In my opinion, this is the most likely outcome. Mark Zuckerberg publishes a blog post on the Facebook blog explaining, once again, his vision for Facebook. The company places a note at the top of the homepage and asks, once again, for feedback and discussion from users. But in the end, they don’t change features.

3. Bring back some of the old homepage features: Facebook will not revert back to the old layout, but they might reincorporate some of the old features, such as events and applications, on the homepage. This is adding back some of the functionality Facebook lost.

** I personally am not bothered by the redesigned site, aside form the fact that I think Zuckerberg is jockin' Twitter. Honestly I think there will be an uproar anytime major changes are made to Facebook, but eventually people will just get acclimated.**


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