Technology waits for no one. It changes constantly, and it changes fast. Earlier this month Facebook rolled out some new features, which in my opinion improved the way the site worked. But much like when they changed the picture viewer feature, people complained…a lot.
You can’t hardly blame them. They no sooner get used to the new layout, and BAM, here comes another change. This is just how it’s always going to be when you have a technology project reaching such widespread, mainstream use. You’ve got people who 6 months ago didn’t know what a text message was creating Facebook accounts and logging in regularly.
My argument has always been that Facebook has been free and always will be free, so what do you have to complain about? You’re not paying for the service, so do you really have a right to complain? I am no Facebook fan boy, I think their Android Smartphone app is a complete joke, but they do get most things right.
Even MySpace founder Tom Anderson stated that Facebook has accomplished what he set out to do in the early days of MySpace. And they’ve done it at an unprecedented pace. Not only that but they haven’t been plagued with spam and server hiccups like MySpace was. I stopped using MySpace even before I started a Facebook profile because the site slowed considerably during peak usage hours and because of the massive amounts of spammers creating accounts and annoying the shit out of me.
I do believe that they know what they’re doing when it comes to layout. They’ve got more user data than anyone could ever imagine, and the changes they’re making aren’t just for the hell of it. Coming in early October is the newest Facebook layout update, which looks a little something like this:
Reminds you of MySpace a bit, doesn’t it? This update will likely be released as a beta version for people who want it for the week or so, then eventually they’ll switch it over to everyone. With all of the recent Facebook changes, is now the right time to launch a major profile overhaul? I say yes. If they sit around and do nothing they’ll be giving Google they opportunity to ‘catch up’ with their Google + product. Google is already signing up millions of new users and eventually the two technology behemoths are going to be going head to head for our social networking accounts. Constant innovation is the name of the game and those who sit around in today’s technology market will go the way of the HD-DVD.
Agree? Disagree? Let me know below!