Facebook Folly

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Be warned. This is a bit of a rant.

If you are a Facebook user, you undoubtedly have an opinion on this already–after all it did make the papers…

There is another round of “improvements” going around on Facebook. And once again, I’m tired of it.

There’s nothing quite like the feeling you get when you open this social media app and see that you have to spend yet more time figuring out how to use (or not use) the new features and, for the 100th time, check your privacy settings. And I’m sick of it.

As a writer I use social media for my business, which means deleting my Facebook account isn’t really an option (although I will admit having considered it). So, yet again, I get to try and figure out how the changes will impact the way I use this app. I have yet to see any that have actually been helpful.

Twitter, on the other hand, seems to have it right. They roll out minor changes a little at a time and give people the chance to get used to major ones before switching over. There is a long learning curve where they will let you decide on your comfort level and take the leap when you are comfortable. I went back and forth between the old and the new Twitter for quite a while, getting used to features and changes. It worked great for me–and they warned me ahead of time–imagine that!

I think that is one of the things that bothers me the most as a businessperson–the lack of any consideration for the user. Overwhelmingly, the changes on Facebook don’t seem to go over well with those that use it, yet they continue to roll them out at a blistering pace. Don’t like it? Too bad. And from what I understand, we’re not finished with all of this yet. There’s more to come…

What do you think? Am I the only writer hating this? I’d love to hear what your thoughts are…

4 thoughts on “Facebook Folly”

  1. Hi Catherine,
    I am soooo with you on this one! I just don’t have the time to work out the updates and look for the thing I used to use a lot in a completely different and illogical place. They even rename it so you can’t find it. I need it to be where it was so I don’t have to think about it. OK if you are doing the re-learning on your employer’s time. Not so OK for us time-stretched freelancers.

    And when you said “I have yet to see any that have actually been helpful” I felt completely vindicated. I thought it was only me being resistant to change.

    Just came across this site and am enjoying and learning (what more can one ask?).

    Thank you!

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