I agree that Facebook used to be better at showing content its users are actually interested in. The stuff that shows up on my newsfeed now is so irrelevant that I have all but stopped using the site except to interact with the Internet Evolution page. Well, my advice to you would be to not get too used to anything just yet! Don't forget that the "Timeline" is on its way. Things will be changing hardcore once again.
I think it was better in the past of showing me content I was interetsted in. This new interface reminds me of the comedic bit where it gets suddenly dark, and someone yells, "Hey! Who turned out the lights?"
Right now there are 17 friends online and if I hit more, there are 13. Just as an example.
There are a couple things I do like, for instance the ability to say Happy Birthday to more than one person at a time. That changed everything for me.
I just wish they'd leave it alone for a few minutes so I could figure out what I am doing.
Yes, the more Facebook changes, the less it seems to understand its users. This would be comforting if it wasn't also incredibly annoying at the same time. It's fine with me if Facebook doesn't know me well enough to target me accurately, but if it then tries to target me and ends up giving me irrelevant updates, then I'm going to be annoyed. (And right now I'm annoyed.)
If you have noticed, the chat bar on the right shows some of your friends, while the others are hidden under "More Online Friends". I am yet to figure out how Facebook is making this division. It's pretty annoying to scroll down all the way to see all the people who are online. It's just downright weird.
@taimur, I agree completely. This system is hardly sophisticated. So far Facebook has told me that the posts I find interesting and most relevant are my own and ones from people I couldn't care less about. The previous system they had in place worked far better for me. I now sign onto Facebook and find nothing of relevance at all on my home screen. Very annoying.
I find this statement to be absolutely true. That's more like Facebook trying to be over-smart. It should ask me explicitly what my preferences are and what topics/people I am interested in before it starts filtering out content for me. So far I have found the filtering to be annoying - let alone being of any use at all.
What a great blog! And a great point: "By keeping users in a constant state of agitation, and simultaneously providing them with a place to express that agitation, Facebook maintains its huge base of extremely unsatisfied users. It's a system that has worked for many organizations, from EverQuest to the Democratic Party."
It's becoming clear that, among other things, Facebook is suddenly in the content business. That didn't work out so well for Yahoo or AOL, but Facebook is taking a novel approach: it's not producing the content, nor is it choosing or editing it. It's crowdsourcing content, and doing deals with the content providers to permit linking to whatever is crowdsourced.
In-your-face selling, but social because users (within constraints) recommend the products.
Credit for novelty, although it will surely change the atmospherics of the site much more dramatically than tinkering with the interface.
Facebook's Graph Search may face some profound challenges and risks, first, because Facebook users haven't been thinking of their posts as product reviews; and second, because Facebook will now have to contend with the social-network equivalent of SEO "gaming" of results.
Facebook's "Improved Friends Lists" are rolling out, but they're very different from Google+ Circles. The latter are like private labels; you're the only one who sees them. The former are like rooms you can invite visitors to, where they see you and each other. Google's approach is better.
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