I joined Facebook over a year ago. It was a little while after I had gotten sick of the juvenile-ness of MySpace. But, not many of my friends were on Facebook. So I didn’t really use it, or see the benefit. Then at the end of ’08 Facebook exploded. More of my friends and people I knew were hooking up with Facebook and finding me. Facebook was getting more interesting. I started using it more and I realized that it was very easy to see what other people were doing. You didn’t have to go visiteveryone’s page to get the latest news, there was a homepage that did that for you in a concise manner. And when people acted on your stuff, there was your profile page to tell you it happened to you.Facebook was a place for people to interact. I liked it. Now its not like that anymore. Its so….MySpace. Ew.
MySpace is a narcissistic, ego hole where you basically put up a page about yourself and wait for the comments to come. Games are awkward, apps are clunky. Its very hard to interact with people withinMySpace. (well, there’s mail, but that’s so pedestrian ) Facebook was great for interaction. Finding new stuff people posted was easy. You can comment on anything that people do. It was very easy to see what other friends were doing withFacebook . Now, not so much. I don’t know how they did it, but they made both the profile and home pages completely uninformative of what your friends have done. I guess they have made the status updates a priority, but though that’s the number one thing I come to DO onFacebook , its not the number one thing I look for with my friends. I like seeing what notes they’ve posted, what pictures they’ve commented on. Things like that. I’ve had friends comment on my photos, and I don’t find out about it until I check myFacebook account on my iPod touch. Because on my iPod the Profile page isn’t broken and it tells me things.
Facebook, roll back some of your code. Keep the rounded edge profile photos, keep the subtle font changes. But, please go back to the old information displays on the home and profile pages. I really want to know what my friends are doing, especially when they start an interaction with me. If I want to blindly spout missives into the ether with no interaction I’ll start a blog…ooo wait. Heh!