Facebook is Changing, Again

Not sure about you, but yesterday my Facebook newsfeed was peppered with rants and raves (okay, mostly rants) regarding the site’s updates. Some didn’t even notice the changes until they read a comment complaining about it, while others didn’t see the need to fix something that wasn’t broken.

Here’s my favorite:

Thank you, Facebook friend, for posting. You know who you are.

Funny thing, by the end of the day it seemed as though all was forgotten. There were more important topics to discuss, like season premieres of The Office and Parks & Rec.

That’s what she said.

I couldn’t resist.

Change is inevitable though, especially in the fast-growing world of social media. Facebook must work on bettering itself or a newer shiner social site will take its place. Remember MySpace?

Before posting a Facebook rant, let’s take a look at what’s actually changing.

  1. Revamped Friend Lists: Also known as Smart Lists, automatically creates lists for you based on city, work, family and school and Facebook provides suggestions based on algorithms. Other possibilities include a Close Friends List and an Acquaintance List, enabling you to determine how prominently the group should appear in the newsfeed. You have the ability to create and tweak lists but Facebook put some lists in place as users typically don’t like to take the time to do so.
  2. A real-time news ticker with Newsfeed changes: To make sure you don’t miss out on the big events, the news ticker will adjust content based on what you’ve previously viewed.
  3. Subscribe button: Regardless of whether you’re Facebook friends with someone, you can now subscribe to receive their profile updates. This helps users control their newsfeeds and provides an experience somewhat like Twitter.

There you have it. Will you rant or rave?


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