Facebook’s recent change comes at a bad time. Not only are the changes bad, but Google+ announced they were opening up accounts to anyone the same day Facebook’s graphical changes ignited a firestorm of tweets and status updates.
After these changes were made, I went on a little mission to find out what the concept was behind these changes. Upon visiting the Facebook blog, there are three boxes, one focused on safety/privacy, the other on sharing with the public or just a small group of friends, and the third one focuses on the questions you can ask friends.
Each of these boxes demonstrates a fine illustration of where Facebook has gone wrong. Simply, they forgot who their audience was, college-age students. Not many might remember this, but once upon a time, Facebook was only open to those with college email address. Thus, only really college students could use it.
The second box is neat. Except, let’s face it, my generation is one full of narcissists. We want everyone to see what we are doing all the time, because we are the center of our world. Why on earth would we post status updates frequently about what we are doing, tweet about where we are, take pictures of ourselves in the mirror, and so on. My generation is believed to be more creative. They suggest that web development (like the creators of Facebook) must be creative. I have also read a separate CNN report that said that creative people are more narcissistic. Makes sense. And proves my point. We want the world to see us, because, we are the world.
\What irritates me the most about the third box is tied between the fact that the questions feature sucks (believe me, no one likes it, I keep asking questions and no one answers them) but the sample question they put in the box says: “What are some kid-friendly restaurants in Seattle?” Who the hell cares? Not college-age folks, that’s for sure.
Maybe Facebook is trying to grow up. After the Facebook movie portrayed Mark Zuckerberg as a dumbass kid, it seems fitting that they would want to grow-up some. And I can understand that they think their clientele, those who knew Facebook when it was limited to college folks only, might have grown up too. But we didn’t. Facebook is still huge on college campuses, near and far. It’s still huge within my population. And sure, my generation is great at adjusting to new changes – especially when it comes to technology (remember the CD, instead of online downloads?) but pissing us off is where MySpace went wrong, and Facebook, you have just about done it.