Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Should We Be Picking on Facebook?

Facebook rolled out changes to it's newsfeed this week, and based on the response level from my circle of friends, this may be the company's worst move in the last year. To make the situation even worse, the freakishly confusing new Facebook format launched for wide release on the same day Google+ opened membership to anyone over the age of 18. (That's right, you don't need an invitation to be part of Google+ any longer!)

With over 750 million active users worldwide, changes to Facebook always generate controversy, but come on! Where Google+ has a clean, intuitive "Apple-feel," Facebook seems determined to bring back the Texas Instruments calculator of my youth (yes those Pre-Personal Computer times with dinosaurs!)  with small, complicated, hidden, confusing, uninspired, layers of complexity. Making sense of Facebook is parallel to rubbing your stomach and patting your head at the same time. Did I mention, I don't enjoy having my head patted!

Of course, users have complained about Facebook changes before, and, with the exception of privacy, little, if anything, has ever come of them. SO . . . get back up, brush yourself off, and start all over again . . . or, take this opportunity to make your opinion heard by taking a nice, long vacation from Facebook. You will be missed.