Facebook social networking site's changing face

Facebook is changing but not always for the better

Facebook social networking website is launching some big changes but many of its users are not happy with these moves. Many regulars at the Facebook site would prefer it to stay as it was and do not welcome the new developments.

Facebook is making changes to how the profile pages display and function. Back in December of 2010 they announced these changes as optional but now it looks as if users are going to have the new profiles forced on them whether they want them or not.

I must admit that I am personally one of the regular Facebook users who would prefer the site to stay as it was. I fail to see how the 'improvements' are going to be to our advantage.

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Entrance to the lobby of the Facebook office building at 1601 California Avenue, Palo Alto. Coolcaesar on May 25, 2009.
Entrance to the lobby of the Facebook office building at 1601 California Avenue, Palo Alto. Coolcaesar on May 25, 2009. | Source

Changes to Facebook profiles announced

Last year, at one point Facebook had changed some profiles over to the new look without asking for the users' consent. I was one of many people who were horrified to find what had happened. I posted a loud complaint on my status and wall.

Complaints

Fortunately an hour or so later everything returned to normal and some of us who had posted public complaints were relieved. We naively thought that Facebook management and administrators had paid attention to what we had said, and had changed our sites back.

What I didn't like about the new profile is that the status bar at the top of your main page had gone. Personally, and I am not alone, I like to put what I am doing or thinking there because I know it will get seen. I know very well that most Internet users tend to read what is at the top of the screen and often miss what is lower down, concealed or in side menus. With the new profile the status at the top of the page is gone.

Top Friends

Another feature I like to use is being able to display my choice of 12 top friends. I like to do this because it allows me to find these friends easily and it enables me to give a bit of promotional publicity to those who want it, and in my opinion should be promoted. I also like to have my personal very best friends in this section although, of course, it is impossible to fit everyone I would like in.

When Facebook had caused my profile to be changed, besides no longer having a status section at the top of the screen but also the friends I wanted displayed had gone and random ones were showing instead. This was contrary to how I wanted my profile page.

As a performer and singer I like to display videos of my songs and performance and when Facebook made those changes back in December they all vanished too. It looked for a while as if they had gone totally from my site. If this had been the case then I would have been annoyed that I had wasted time uploading them to begin with.

But as I say my site was restored to its original state and I was satisfied and pleased Facebook had apparently listened. My good friend Carol Jayne Norman had a similar experience. She had been unhappy with the enforced changes and posted complaining on her wall, and like mine, her Facebook profile went back to normal. We really thought that Facebook must have been reading what we posted and had responded favourably.

Since then I have seen other friends moaning about how they had clicked on the option to try the new profile and found they didn't like it but were unable to find how to go back to the old style. Some of us got the idea that as long as we ignored the option button we would be OK but this was clearly wishful thinking.

Yesterday I had the depressing news displayed by Facebook saying:

"Coming Soon: Your New Profile

In the next few days you'll be upgraded to the new profile, which offers more ways to show and tell your story."


I object to this because I had made it clear I was happy with the old style of profile. I do not want my Facebook site upgraded and fail to see how in any way this can be an advantage to me.

Facebook and Myspace social networking sites today

I am concerned that Facebook is following the ways of Myspace that has gone, in many people's opinion, into a very sad decline that has caused many of us to abandon the site or hardly use it. Myspace was once my favourite social networking site. I made a lot of friends there, I enjoyed sharing my music, networking with others and the community spirit. Nowadays, after bringing in new upgrades and enforcing them on users, Myspace is a pale shadow of its former self. Myspace is full of spammy messages, is difficult to use, and many people have deleted their accounts because they have had enough.

I don't want my comments board and message boxes full of adverts for bands and singers, and worse! I want real communication between people who at least know a bit about you. Myspace is now only of any use to me for posting links to hubs and keeping in touch with a few friends who send me personal messages there.

It will be a very sad day if Facebook turns out like Myspace has done, a very sad day indeed!

Facebook, if you are reading this, please think again about this! You are about to upset a lot of users who were happy with things as they were. I am hoping and praying that Facebook does not follow suit!



© 2011 Steve Andrews

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funride 5 years ago from Portugal

I`m even considering leaving Facebook... I hate the new profile. I`m afraid there`s no turning back though :(


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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thanks for posting, Funride!


mishkin 5 years ago

I used to love myspace, met some really nice people there, you were one of them. Since its decline into pure rubbish, I have been on facebook, not as satisfying as the old myspace but still...and now this! Why? Is there some sort of secret plan?


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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Conspiracy theorists would probably answer yes!


Maria 5 years ago

Thank you for posting this Bard, my sentiments too. I find it really annoying that constant upgrades and changes can ruin the good experience of a busy online community, which is of course the reason that we are on these sites in the first place, because they are, or should be, great places to communicate and share what's important to us, and making it more difficult to do that really defeats the object. As in the decline of Myspace, which I believe happened as a direct result of too much fixing that which wasn't broken, facebook could follow the same path and then people look elsewhere and begin closing their accounts. Social networking sites have become a necessity for many bands and artists and musicians of all styles and backgrounds, it seems if you don't have an online profile you are invisible these days and we all know that as individuals we also need to be able to keep up to date with news, communicate and also try to help do something to make the world a better place. We are able to do so easily with the facilities facebook has, petition linking, videos, blogs and notes etc., and updating our status with our views and current news and things we want to discuss. So it's a sad day when facebook administration decides to just sweep through and change what we have become used to into something else! The profiles we have now work very well, they are easy to use and it seems everyone is happy with them, replacing them with another format that doesn't look as good and doesn't work as effectively and will no doubt take up more time for us to navigate, will be irritating to say the least. All I can say is some things should be left alone, but no doubt our thoughts and comments will be ignored because a few bright sparks behind the scenes at facebook came up with a 'great idea' and decided we would all 'like' it, or rather, they assumed we would put up with it whether we like it or not! No doubt it will take up too much of my time trying to figure out how to figure it out!

It's a shame that these sites grow too big for their own boots and begin riding roughshod over the very people that make the online social network what it is, supposedly an easy place to communicate! I hope they read your hub page Bard. Keep up the good work as always :)


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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thanks for voicing your thoughts on this, Maria! I was just reading a news report that said that Myspace has just let go a lot of its staff and saying that the company is losing ground fast. And for what? Upgrades and new improvements! That was what Myspace started insisting on so whose to say it won't happen at Facebook too? I hope it won't but this new move is a big step in the wrong direction!


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Darlene Sabella 5 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Hello my dear Music man, this is a great hub, first because I was with facebook from the beginning, I am not on this site, only to send my new hubs. Saying this I havse seen many changes and I still love the orginal. Let's hope it really works great for use that are working to move traffic. Second, my best friend owns a talent agency for 37 years and books all the bands in Colorado Springs, so let me know. Rate this up and peace & love darski


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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Hi Darski! Thanks for your comments and vote!


Sophia Angelique 5 years ago

You and me both. I also wrote a hub about it in early December. I spend less and less time on facebook. I hated the fact about 14 months ago when they tied all one's interests to commercial activities. I removed every single personal detail on myself. I loathe the fact that now my personal info is on top. It's essentially blank. So, it's a waste of space for me. Anyway, yes, of course, it will go the same way as facebook. When people get to a particular level, it's all about power and money. They feel pleased with themselves and think they can do no wrong...And, oh, there's so much more money to earn!


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Peter Dickinson 5 years ago from South East Asia

I look on facebook as a necessary evil and spend as little time there as possible. To be honest I don't know enough of its workings to complain about anything. I did notice a recent change whereby when I post a link and it is automatically moved over to Twitter that it now no longer has the title. It always did before so it is a bit annoying. I will look at the changes you mention with interest.


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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you for your comments, Sophia and Peter!


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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Still trying to cope with hubpages I have notdelved too deeply into social newworking. Some of my family are on it and glad to see an old guy like me there but I don't really get involved.


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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Well, thanks for posting anyway, dahoglund!


Maria 5 years ago

I came back to say you have inspired me to start a hub page Bard! I think this is a great way to share our thoughts and say more than we do on facebook, I also have lots of pieces of writing that are stuck in old box files and it's about time I did something with them before they fade away! Also I wanted to wish you luck in the Shorty Awards, if any of your fans and friends wish to vote for you they can do so here -

http://shortyawards.com/bardofely

You certainly deserve much more recognition and I hope you'll get many more votes.

Keep up the great work, you do make the internet more interesting, bye for now :)


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phoenix482010 5 years ago from Cobourg Ontario Canada

Hi Steve , well i always said ,if it ain,t broke don,t fix it but you know as well as i do it,s all about money and greed , it,s not about what the people on facebook want they have also tried to exploit me on facebook with my personel info which i don,t like so i don,t have much on there, recently there asking me this say where i work and who ,s my friends are at work , can,t believe this , our days are numbered my friend... Take care....


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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thank you, Maria for your support and welcome to hubpages! Give me a shout if you get stuck setting up here at all! Thanks for your feedback too, Phoenix!


Maria 5 years ago

Thanks so much, I will definitely be in touch if I get stuck with setting up my hub page. Last night I logged in to Myspace for the first time in ages and I have several pages there so I wanted to log in quickly, check messages, post an update and then go on to the next page, it took me over an hour to do two simple things on two separate Myspaces! The first problem I encountered was trying to find how to log out! There just isn't a log out option anymore as far as I can see, eventually I clicked my home page to try again and got logged out automatically, not helpful at all as I had to log back in to make sure I hadn't been hacked! I also found in my friends status updates, a very large and very annoying youtube video of rap music that I couldn't turn off because the page was freezing for an age, it's hopeless there now and nothing like the great site it was when it started and became popular. I can only hope facebook doesn't go the same way. Oh and the advertisements and the sheer volume of music related content being pushed from all directions on the site and from big labels is a real difficulty to get past to your own page. It seems reaching your own friends and fans is virtually impossible and all of this space hogging completely ruins the object of being on Myspace, to communicate! I ended up writing a status update telling anyone who wants to reach me to bypass Myspace and contact me at the website as every message I tried to read wouldn't open and you could miss something important or your friends could think you're ignoring them, what a total mess!

Anyway thanks again Bard and bye for now :)


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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Maria, it is probably easier to log in to Myspace from the Share option here! I post links to my hubs there and it takes just minutes.


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Granny's House 5 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

Bard, many relationships are being ruined by Face book. What the heck. Are people dumb


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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Are they? I can't say I had noticed but thanks for posting! How is that happening?


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imatellmuva 5 years ago from Somewhere in Baltimore

I too held out on the "new profile option", and was dismayed when there was a notice, that in the coming days mine would soon change. I don't think there was a notice that this was no longer optional. While I support change, improvements, yadayadayada, I personally don't see how the site has improved. Nevertheless, I'm gonna stick it out...it's one place where I can get a rile out of people all at once.


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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thanks for posting!


CollB 5 years ago

Thank you for sharing your thoughts on Facebook. I'm now used to seeing the new Facebook but I know what you mean about the changes and to Myspace as well.


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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thanks for posting, CollB!


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pmccray 5 years ago from Utah

I rarely send by hubs to FB or Myspace too many weirdos. I stopped accepting invites to add to my friends list. Too many folks seem to forget we have freedom of speech in this country and like to use the anonymity of the net to spread hate and venom. I'm not into it, too old to put up with it and will delete their butts ASAP!!! Thanks for sharing your hub.


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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

Thanks for your feedback, pmccray! I always post mine there and find it does help my traffic and hubscore.I can understand your viewpoint on it though.


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fen lander 5 years ago from Whitstable

Thanks Bard, I've really only started to utilise FB in recent months.... it is, as you say, good for traffic increase to the works we do... but in those few months (12?) there have been what I can only call 'odd' occurrences on my wall and no easy explanations. I won't go into detail.... but the bottom line for me is.... WHO is accountable for FB's 'right' behaviour and who are they responsible to? FB is not a democracy. It seems that Transparency is an issue here. We the users are not privvy-to or able to influence what 'they' do or don't do with our accounts or the data from there. In the West we expect some accountability but there seems to be none with FB. There is no 'contact us' button on FB. It worries me a bit.


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Bard of Ely 5 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal Author

You can contact them but I don't bother personally but simply ride the tide so to speak whatever it is! These sites are too big and I think that is all the problem is and no conspiracy or anything! It is nothing against individuals - celebrities get bad treatment just the same as I saw on Myspace years back. I remember on there Cat Stevens, Adam Ant, Arthur Brown and Paul Revere and the Raiders all lost there real sites.

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