A recent poll shows that 84% of Facebook users don’t like the new changes, especially the changes in news feeds. Are you one of them?
It’s important to point out that the changes Facebook made were to make their shareholders and advertisers happy. They weren’t for the end users.
That said, if you are a Facebook user, understand that you are a free user. In order to be able to continue using Facebook for free, the company will have to make money from somewhere. Advertisers want to be able to market their products to you. Shareholders want the company to be able to make money. Facebook executives are in the awkward position of trying to balance all of these interests.
So what about the changes? Were they good? Some of them actually are.
If you took a look at Mark Zuckerberg’s keynote address at the f8 Conference recently, you’d have noticed that Facebook is introducing a concept they call Timeline. This will transform your personal profile page into a timeline of your life. You can manage it any way you want.
Even better, Zuck says when you play the social games available to you through Facebook, you won’t get those annoying pop-ups that you see continuously notifying you of your friends’ activities.
While the new Facebook changes may be annoying many people, the people who are most put off by them are getting to use the service for free. It will be the advertisers paying for the changes.