#369 Where’s Facebook’s etiquette?
Monday 15th September, 2008
A change of tone this week. As Facebook reveals its new face. Personally, I’ve been using the new Facebooklift for a while now. And, yes whilst I shared some of the initial social disquiet about the new image, along the lines of ‘how dare they’, and ‘what are they thinking’ (‘they’, being aimed at the Facebook behind the scenes gurus) I must confess that I like, and even think that the newer version is an improvement. Which makes me rather unpopular in Facebook friend circles.
So back to my initial ‘disgust’. Facebook holds our personal data, and it’s more than easy for the site to fade into the background as we poke, tag and message our friends. Until the site resurfaces again, and rears (in this case) its ugly head. But wait Facebook friends, we have for weeks now in our Feeds had fair warning from the Facebook team that they have been tweaking and updating the site, nay ‘our site’. Hey they even offered for feedback. Which I’m embarrassed to admit I gave as a knee jerk of my initial distaste of the look and feel of the site, ‘clunky’, ‘cluttered’ and ‘obnoxious’ were amongst the choice words. Today, I feed differently. Once you’re used to your new home, navigation is more logical and friend information easier to hand. There do need to be some more tweaks to the Feed pages though. But Facebook is getting there.
So bear with it. The Facebook puppets, might not have pulled the strings you would prefer, and have stepped outside the bounds of etiquette. But think of it this way, far better to have a new ‘shiny’ version, than be stuck with the stale snail state of other SNSs. MySpace anyone? I thought not.