There has been lots of talk about all of the changes being made to the Facebook home page. Most of that talk has been negative saying things, such as, “why do they force these changes on us and not give us a way to opt out” or “why don’t they just let us design our own home page.” It would seem that from seeing comments like these that it is not so much that the users of Facebook are against changes but they would like to have the option to turn off a feature if they wish and add an alternative feature that would reflect them.
There are a few sites that the people at Facebook might take a look at that have a more flexibility giving users the option to customize their page to reflect what they wold like to see. One of those is Gist, a site that brings together Facebook and Twitter feeds, that allows a person to rank and select the people that want to get updates and news feeds. Other sites, such as, Yahoo or MSN give you options about what you wish to see on the page.
The people at Facebook do ask the users to fill out questionnaires from time-to-time so that they can get a better feel for what the majority want to see when they log on to their homepage. In a statement about the latest changes made by Mike Schroepfer, vice president of engineering at Facebook, “they are tailored at making sure the feed is what you want to see”. He went on to say “We want to make sure we provide the right kind of basics to make sure that the core of Facebook is sharing and (seeing) the right kind of things.”
One of the changes made recently is they give you some premade list for putting your friends into categories, such as, family member, close friend, schools and jobs. These are fine if you are keeping a person phone-book and you want to keep a record. Many people on Facebook though don’t want to put their ‘friends’ on those list. This is probably one that should be turned back and just allow users to create there own list instead of “forcing” them to use them.
The subscription button is one that many user will probably come o like after time since it is more of a filter. It allows you to choose just what you wish to see on the feed from your friends and even those that aren’t on your friend list. It can even be set to totally ignore everything but then why would anyone do that.
Facebook has made several changes over the years but they were always small and they it was easy to get use to those changes. This was a major change of several areas all at once that was more noticeable. So, it may just take more time and by the time we do adjust they might change some of it back. Either way is it really that bad? Or are most of just allergic to big changes?