What's your Facebook status? After ch...

What's your Facebook status? After changes, some of us don't kn...

There are 28 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Mar 15, 2009, titled What's your Facebook status? After changes, some of us don't kn.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Facebook used to be fill in the blank. Now it's an essay test. With a slow rollout last week, the No.

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Gurnee, IL

#1 Mar 15, 2009
LOL! Finding my dang groups on FB is now a chore! I do not like the changes but if FB is trying to get the older folks to stop using it someone will find out we still hold most of the wealth and will bring something that caters to us. IMHO - Dumb move FB not user friendly now...

Atlanta, GA

#2 Mar 15, 2009
I thought they are now hold the number one slot
Switched to Twitter

Sacramento, CA

#3 Mar 15, 2009
Actually, I switched over to Twitter this weekend. I got so frustrated with the new interface on Facebook that I decided to see why it would want to compete with Twitter...after a few hours on Twitter, I liked it a lot better and have lost the desire to check Facebook -- so there might be less grumbling not because people liked it, but rather because they infact lost people to Twitter!

Facebook... is now like "New Coke!"
Salsa Shark

Bartlett, IL

#4 Mar 15, 2009
I don't normally pitch a fit about layout changes...I thought the previous Facebook changes were good and even the barely-a-notch-above-Geocities MySpace has been making nice improvements.

But this one has me scratching my head. You can't easily find what your current status is set to. You can't filter the "feed" by type. And they still have notifications spread out in three different places--Inbox, the notification bar underneath it, and the notification "taskbar icon" in the lower right.

It's pretty silly now. I also notice that the changes have resulted in fewer friends commenting on each other's feeds/pages/whatever.


#5 Mar 16, 2009
I don't like the new facebook home page
It's focused on latest updates only. They didn't think about accessing old photos. Isn't facebook all about pictures and less about status updates? If i want status updates only I would use Twitter. It's sad, facebook's innovative ideas being effected by emerging site such as Twitter. I wish facebook team will understand users don't like the new changes. so they will roll it back .

Stevensville, MI

#6 Mar 16, 2009
This is a gag, right? Am I reading The Onion?

Midlothian, IL

#7 Mar 16, 2009
There have been plenty of mass grumblings. At least 90% hate the new layout. I had enough of it decided I'd rather post some porn to get Facebook to disable my account rather than try to find where they hid the "cancel" button.
True Dat

Naperville, IL

#8 Mar 16, 2009
omg, I can't handle change. Waahhh I want the old interface back. Adapt people.

United States

#9 Mar 16, 2009
- Asked one user, "Is this redesign just so the old people will stop using Facebook?" -
Nope. us old folks DO know what's on our minds and ain't afraid to spit it out.'Cause we're like, old.

Katy, TX

#10 Mar 16, 2009
FB sold its soul

Monee, IL

#11 Mar 16, 2009
I'll get used to it, but I don't like it. I think--and this is backed up by a survey FB sent me--that it's a plan to give them space for more ads. My status updates don't give them revenue; ads do. But they need "eyballs" and if we all run to Twitter, FB would have those anymore ...

United States

#12 Mar 16, 2009
I can adapt to the new format, however, I've noticed that a lot of the posts from my friends aren't showing up anywhere. If I want to check in, see their status or new pictures/links, I have to go to their own page, which seems to defeat the purpose somehow. And the filters thing doesn't work at all.

Midlothian, IL

#13 Mar 16, 2009

You nailed it. It used to be that most actions made their way to the news or live feed eventually. Now it seems all that gets there are status updates, occasionally photos and annoying msgs from apps. Last night my feed was just a repeated msg (except for the name of the recipient) by an app announcing someone had given a gift to someone else. Well they gave like 100 gifts and each one took up the same space as a status or photo story. Links never show up in feed, and if you can find them, its hard to tell them apart from status updates or anything else. If you want to see the changes anyone makes you pretty much have to go to their profile. The great thing about news/live feed is that it would summarize those changes in one place. Now you have to go to each individual profile and, if the change isn't announced anymore, know what it is from memorization. This was a major weakness of myspace and facebook has blindly fallen into that trap.

Chicago, IL

#14 Mar 16, 2009
I am finding the Home Page change is pointless and hardly beneficial to the end user compared to what used to be.

The personal Profile Page changes, e.g. the lack of chronological order of activity shown on your Wall, are IMO significantly worse.

Just because FB is free to use doesn't have to mean the providers have to make user-unfriendly, highly unpopular (as it is turning out) changes to a previous formula that was hardly broken.

I'm wondering if the supposed catering to advertisers will prove to be counterproductive as people follow up their threats to leave FB in response to the changes. I have no plans of such but I do expect my visiting to be seriously ramped down.
Chris P

Aberystwyth, UK

#15 Mar 16, 2009
Does Caroline McCarthy still have a job, or has she lost it yet? I mean, if she hasn't noticed any grumbling, she's obviously asleep; the new facebook layout is atrocious.

Chicago, IL

#16 Mar 16, 2009
Web 2.0 just jumped the shark.

Saint Petersburg, FL

#17 Mar 16, 2009
I've used it a lot less since the changes. It's just not user-friendly and I don't have time to filter through all kinds of stuff.
Nancy Drew

Chicago, IL

#18 Mar 16, 2009
Ditto to what the others wrote, I couldn't phrase it better how truly bad FB's new layout, interface or whatever it is supposed to be. My friends and I use Facebook much less now and will await the next best social networking site to come along.

Schaumburg, IL

#19 Mar 16, 2009
I do not care to much for the new facebook. i liked the old one better
Tired of the Whiners

Chicago, IL

#20 Mar 16, 2009
I swear, if the Whiners didn't have something to whine about, they'd invent something to whine about. The new layout takes a day to get used to. So get used to it, and quit your whining!!!

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