When I logged on this morning, still groggy with my first cup of coffee barely touched, I was flabbergasted to see the enormous changes in Facebook… as were my friends. For hours today, we grumbled, complained, and basically decided… we did NOT like how Facebook is deciding upon what the “top feeds” are for us.
I am an internet junkie… on all day and night. And I like it. I am content. But that does not mean I do not have a social life. Facebook helps me keep in touch with my friends and my family. Especially my family who all reside on the other side of the country from where I live. I am not a phone-person. In fact, I really dislike talking on the phone. I am a bit of a hermit – I will admit that. But with today’s technology, being reclusive does not mean not being social.
Now, Facebook is now determining what they feel are the “Top Posts” of my friends and family. Well, Facebook… each and every one of my friends and families posts ARE IMPORTANT to me regardless of whether there are 20 comments… or no comments. Are you now asking me to go to each and every one of their pages to see what they have posted? I’m sorry, but I do have a life outside of Facebook and simply feel this option is unacceptable.
I will admit, some of the features are nice. I do like the bigger pictures. The sidebar feed is “interesting”…. I am still getting used to it. But to use it effectively, that means I must be sitting here constantly reading the feed.
The scuttlebutt on the changes is Facebook is attempting to keep up with Twitter and Google+. Well, Facebook… I do not Twitter much BECAUSE I do not like the constant feed. I want to leisurely do my socializing at my own pace, scroll through all my friends posts from the most recent to the point where I have caught up to the last time I checked in on my wall.
And I have to wonder what I am NOT seeing…. I am sure there is a lot. I understand people, as a whole, are resistant to change. But what is being changed should be carefully thought out. This change is countering the main purpose that Facebook was created on – and that is keeping in touch, socializing, with friends and family. Now it is becoming a dictatorship.
In closing, to Facebook, keep the bigger pictures… the scrolling sidebar is do-able. But please DO NOT EDIT AND CENSOR WHAT I AM ABLE TO READ ON MY OWN WALL!
Here are some photos collected throughout the day. Some are mine, some have been passed through the Facebook grapevine.