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The trouble with the new Facebook

Matt explains. I’m steaming because I just discovered that Facebook’s new, improved Links feature no longer lets you eliminate the photo or edit the text. Unless I’m missing something.

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  1. mike_b1

    Ahh, the inevitable problems when fads go mainstream.What I found interesting is the user blowback from redesigned websites is even more visceral than when a magazine or newspaper is redone.

  2. Bill Toscano

    You know, the best thing for the people who don’t like the new FaceBook can do is cancel their subscription.Oh . . . wait.Free site.My bad.

  3. Bill Toscano

    Mike: Excellent point.I think it’s because people can respond in real-time, and sometimes the ball just gets rolling.

  4. ron-newman

    I don’t care that they made things look different. I care a lot that they took away functionality that everyone had gotten used to, most notably the Live Feed.Supposedly the home page updates continuously like the Live Feed used to, but not with any browser I’ve been using.

  5. matteomht

    I’m interested to see how this redesign plays out. Clearly it’s a disaster for users– but ‘users’ has now expanded to include businesses, interest groups, and so forth; people with real stakes in how Facebook lets them use the site. I know at least one media outlet that was poised to unveil a Facebook page for its readers, and then had to revise large portions of the place because Facebook’s new design is a mess. I personally run a small media networking group via Facebook, and since you can no longer easily access the Groups listing, we’re already returning to plans to expand our own website and leave Facebook behind. I wonder how long it will be before NYT or some larger mainstream media outlet writes about the displeasure, and the pressure builds, and Facebook either retreats or loses its coolness. Hopefully soon!

  6. mike_b1

    Facebook lost its coolness as soon as old farts like me joined.

  7. Bill Toscano

    Mike: You are soooooo right.Me, too.

  8. Dan Kennedy

    Trust me … anything I belong to is by definition not cool.

  9. Amused

    Thanks for the warning! Facebook no longer sign of coolness! Check!I dozed off the weekend that myspace became yesterday’s news and facebook became the rage. I shall be vigilant in keeping an eye out for the Next Big Thing. The kids will be mightily impressed.

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