Do you like the new Facebook layout?

April 8, 2009

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The social networking mega-site has yet again modified its design. Just last month, Facebook has announced 2 new features:

1. No more limits on 5000 friends
2. Facebook profiles are now updated in real time

This may sound like an improvement, but apparently, many Facebook users are dissatisfied with these changes.

Apart from the obvious reason that Facebook users are getting very comfortable with the previous layout and have no intention in getting used to a new design, the main reason is that much information, once easily available, has now been lost in the new layout.

It is apparent that the dissatisfaction among Facebook members has reached a high, and that many groups have been created to protest the design. Groups such as “MEMBERS WANT THE OLD FACEBOOK BACK” have surged in popularity, and have attracted much attention among the Facebook users.

In a new movement towards openness, Facebook has ended upsetting a majority of its users. A quick poll conducted by Facebook found that only a mere 5% of the 800,000 respondents like the new design.
Personally, I do not like the new layout. Many features, such as groups and events links, are now replaced with a new branch of news feeds. My homepage is spammed with the quizzes everyone else is doing. I feel as if I am invading into other people’s affairs, and I squirmed whenever I think about how my friends can see exactly what I am doing at this moment on Facebook.

Also, there is the lack of an opt-out feature which I am not in favour of. This new design is not as user-friendly as the previous one. Perhaps instead of a complete overhaul, Facebook can consider bringing in the changes in smaller increments?

On account of the massive backlash, Facebook is now in a position of having to undo the changes. Will Facebook reintroduce the old design? I highly doubt so. Will we be able to get the old look back? I don’t think so. However, we should applaud Facebook’s effort to gather feedback from its users and make the necessary changes.

Any idea how Facebook started in the first place? According to wikipedia,

“Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook with fellow computer science major students and his roommates Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes while he was a student at Harvard University.[4] Website membership was initially limited to Harvard students, but was expanded to other colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University. It later expanded further to include any university student, then high school students, and, finally, to anyone aged 13 and over. The website currently has more than 175 million active users worldwide.”

According to a survey online, other than Youtube, Facebook is one of the most surfed website, by office personnel during office hours. In Singapore, almost everyone has a Facebook account. With so many “loyal customers”, will Facebook listen to our feedbacks? After all, its decision will affect about 3% of the global population. Since they can’t possibly say “I’m sorry, we’ll revert to the old Facebook”, they have to think of a new and even better layout, to satisfy all its users.

No more updates on “What is your real age?” and “Which ancient china hero are you?” please. No one’s interested. We want more photos! More status updates! Or perhaps, we just need to get used to the new Facebook.

Changes take time to get used to.

Do you think you will like this new layout after some time?

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