Facebook changes sparks outrage

2011-09-21 22:38

San Francisco - Facebook users on Wednesday took to complaining about changes intended to make it easier to manage the torrents of updates from friends at the world's largest social network.

People vented ire in an array of online venues including a "Petition against the new Facebook homepage" at the social network and a Twitter stream tagged "#NewFacebook."

Some lamented that the latest Facebook changes were moves to be more like rival Google+ and hot text-message-based news-sharing service Twitter.

"#NewFacebook is like America," one Twitter user commented. "Plenty of people discontent[ed], but it's not like anyone is actually going to leave."

Facebook users are known for complaining fiercely about changes to the service but then adapting and sticking with the online community.

The backlash came a morning after Facebook began rolling out the latest in a rapid-fire series of enhancements in what founder Mark Zuckerberg referred to as a "launching season" for new features.

Facebook's "News Feed" that streams updates from friends now gives priority to important posts, images shared at the website are displayed larger, and a "Ticker" chat column was added for real-time conversations.

In recent weeks, Facebook has focused on ways for members to better control what information gets shared with whom.

More selective

Facebook last week began letting members follow strangers Twitter-style with the addition of "Subscribe" buttons that let people hear from people who aren't friends at the network, and share insights with strangers.

Facebook also began letting members be more selective about what kinds of updates from friends make it into their personal news feeds.

The "Ticker" chat panel in a right-hand column on the screen allows people to engage in text chats focused on freshly uploaded images or other posts.

More Facebook announcements are expected at the social network's annual developers conference in San Francisco on Thursday.

Speculation regarding what Facebook has in store at the gathering includes the launch of a platform for online music services such as Rdio and Spotify along with adding stories from professional news outfits.

The conference will come just days after Google dropped the need for an invitation to join the internet giant's challenge to Facebook, Google+.

  • gola99 - 2011-09-21 22:53

    Just like RIM, Facebook is still doing well in SA... We are happy.

      RVQ - 2011-09-21 23:06

      Problem is SA is not important on the international stage, if US and EU don't like it it's out

      Megan - 2011-09-22 08:54

      I fuggen hate it

  • jerrie.pelser - 2011-09-22 06:07

    Don't know why this is news. It is the same thing every time FB does a major upgrade. People moan and complain and then after a couple of weeks they get used to it and everything settles down...

      daaivark - 2011-09-22 11:14

      Probably mainly because a VAST number of people in SA are virtually permanently glued to FB on their cellphones or PCs.

  • Andries - 2011-09-22 06:28

    If you complain, you are free to launch your own Social network!

  • grantdutoit - 2011-09-22 06:40

    Personally I'm tired of having to contend with the ongoing changes that are forced onto the users and I'm sure there are others that agree. Whilst we can't create our own social platform, there are options for us to consider, check out Google+,

      droplet - 2011-09-22 10:53

      sure. facebook can just sit around and not change with the times. myspace anyone?

      daaivark - 2011-09-22 11:15

      Or just do without this ridiculous product. Life is possible without facebook.

      droplet - 2011-09-22 11:39

      life is also possible without a phone

      daaivark - 2011-09-22 11:52

      Sure droplet. Not sure how that relates but yes is would be. A bit difficult to conduct business etc. though, but indeed possible.

  • yvonnerichardsvandijk - 2011-09-22 07:26

    So true. Everyone complains, and in the end adapt, till the next change when they complain again. Social platforms have to change and keep up or they will collapse. I am now in better control and after a little bit of tweaking my FB works the way I want it to and not how someone else wants it too and I think that is brilliant. I enjoy being in control and not being controlled. I love the changes and think they are fantastic. Thank you to the FB team.

  • Bettie - 2011-09-22 07:49

    It's all good and nice to sometimes change but one mustn't change too much or one loses sight of the original idea. Think of restaurants that change the menus too much and grows to be less specialising and more commercial. They don't last. Facebook over the past year has been changing a lot, and while the changes are not necessarily bad, they come too often. The Facebook homepage today is totally alienated from the page of last year or two years ago, and forcing clients to accept these changes (one after the other) is definitely not going to go down well. Facebook should remember what made it unique and stop trying to commercialise itself to be like others.

  • SWEETLADYZA - 2011-09-22 09:46

    I do not have a writing post button or things like that on my home page anymore. How does that help me?

  • Wilma - 2011-09-22 16:28

    i wish they would knock off fiddling with stuff that works :>

  • CPII - 2011-09-22 20:45

    What is facebook?

  • Reginald - 2011-10-04 09:29

    It sure looks like to me that Facebook is trying to be more like its social media counterpart, as in Twitter.

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