Facebook made some changes and don’t we all know about it (24 September 2011)

Facebook changed its layout this week, again, and the site lit up with complaints.  Why? I don’t get this.  It’s a free site and no one forces people to use it but whenever they make a tweak they hear about it for…well this time about 24 hours.

One of the general complaints I saw over and over was that people didn’t everyone seeing their business.  This relates to the new scroll bar on the right hand side of the screen if viewing on a computer.  It details what each person in
your friends list is doing so if they comment on someone else’s status you get to know.

Well, of course, one of the biggest complaints I’ve read from people is that they’ve had their privacy infringed and they don’t want everyone in the world seeing what they’re doing.
First of all, not everyone does, second of all, don’t write every aspect of your life on Facebook.  I’ve logged in there some days to see the site transformed in something resembling an episode of Jeremy Kyle (think Jerry Springer if you don’t know who JK is).  People share far, far too much information on the site.  If you broke up with your boyfriend, yes, by all means tell people but do it privately.  The programmers at Facebook gave us Private Messaging and Chat. Use it.

I titter when I read that people are being nosy and reading their statuses.  They’re not being nosy, you put it there for anyone to read.  And let’s face it, you can set who you want to see your status so if there is a person you don’t want to see it – change your settings so they don’t see it.

The scroll bar on Facebook doesn’t bother me and, looking at what’s coming to the site in the name of the Timeline, I think I’m going to like that too.  Although I am preparing to have to not visit the site for the 24 hours following the changes because, quite frankly, I can’t be bothered with the inevitable moaning.  And while I understand that people have the right to moan, it’s a website, a free one a that and the owners have every right to change it at their will to keep the site fresh and competitive in an ever expanding social media market.