It’s not news that any time Facebook makes the slightest change to their layout, users go apoplectic with rage and begin threatening to abandon the service in favor of Google+ or some such competitor.
So far, no mass exodus from Facebook has yet occurred, but it doesn’t stop the teeming masses of Facebook addicts from shaking their fists at the heavens every time Facebook messes around with how updates are organized and presented to you in your news feed.
This morning’s change seems to have a bit to do with weighting content based on what stories Facebook thinks you’d be most interested in seeing or sharing- and in a blog post, Facebooker Mark Tonkelowicz describes the new Facebook changes at length:
Now, News Feed will act more like your own personal newspaper. You won’t have to worry about missing important stuff. All your news will be in a single stream with the most interesting stories featured at the top. If you haven’t visited Facebook for a while, the first things you’ll see are top photos and statuses posted while you’ve been away. They’re marked with an easy-to-spot blue corner.
Aside from the new, blue-corner feature, there is also a ticker on the right-side of navigation, letting you know what your friends have liked and commented upon in the past few minutes. If the changes go anything like they have in the past, Facebook users will spazz out for a few days and protest, create groups, and basically harp on the difference before rapidly getting used to it and forgetting there were ever any Facebook changes in the first place.
And if you’re a Facebook change-hater, bad news- the site’s f8 developer conference kicks off tomorrow, virtually guaranteeing a slew of future Facebook changes right around the corner.
How do you feel about the Facebook changes? Are you getting used to them, or do you want the old Facebook back stat?