I am honestly sick and tired of hearing people constantly complain about Facebook changes.
The newest addition to the Facebook world - Facebook Timeline. The minute it was released, I jumped on the opportunity to get it. I wrote all about it on my newsfeed, telling people to get it now, instead of being forced to get it on the 24th of December. Embrace the change, choose the change - you will love it!
But instead, I got a bunch of messages from people saying they were tired of Facebook changes. And I got a link to this article: http://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorialopinion/article/1103614--mallick-facebook-timeline-is-a-thief-of-lives
Who is this women? How is she actually critisizing Mark Zuckerberg's creation, as well as the 800 million people who have taken part in a world-changing invention. Has she created something this massive? Has her writing for the Toronto Star reached as many people as Zuckerberg's Facebook posts? No.
I honestly feel as though nobody has the right to critisize Facebook's changes. Facebook is a free social media site that we use regularly for communication, storage of files, a waste of time, research, advertising and marketing and entertainment. It is FREE. I am thankful, daily, that such a wonderful tool is free to me. When Facebook makes changes I know they are doing it for the better of man-kind (I know this sounds dramatic, but it is true!). So I am going to go through the amazing changes Facebook has made in the last few years that everyone hated at first, but is now completely used to.
1) Facebook chat
We all hated how weird Facebook chat was when it first started - but now it is a staple in my Facebook life. Complete with video chat, messaging to cell phones and e-mail addresses, Facebook chat has changed the way we can instantly communicate with people around the globe - for free.
2) Viewing photos
When Facebook released a new way of viewing photos that took you out of your browser, to make pictures bigger and have the background faded so focus was on the photo, not on Facebook, everyone freaked out. Now, it feels normal. It feels great to have a different way to display and view photos with friends than to see them directly in the Facebook browser.
3) The Ticker
What is the ticker? That thing that is now about your Facebook chat that at first seemed like a really annoying and pointless sharing of information. Really, the ticker takes people's posts that have no comments, no likes, no tags and seem like random banter (ex: I am drinking a coffee) and takes it away from your newsfeed, so you can focus on what is important. Ever wonder why your newsfeed nolonger features so much crap? It is because of the ticker.
4) Facebook "top stories"
People questionned "Who is facebook to decide what my top stories are? How are they deciding what is interesting to me?" It is amazing that they can figure this out, and it is all based on likes, comments and tags! I think Twitter is really annoying sometimes because I could have missed a really important post from someone that just gets bumped down the list because more people posted after it. Facebook changes this problem by seeing what is of interest to people who know you, and placing them into top stories.
Ok - now let's talk timeline. Timeline is awesome - what is everyone so scared of? Firstly, it has the new cover on your profiles, which is awesome. Finally, Facebook has brought in a large space for people to become creative - it will blast off new ways for people to advertise, and to demonstrate who they are and what their skills are. Secondly, timeline is a really great way to keep track of your life. It is like a virtual scrapbook. What were you doing January 2007 for new years? Who was at Christmas in 2009? Just check your timeline! New applications that have been added will also give people the opprtunity to be even more connected with businesses, people, places and things. The opportunities are endless.
All I have to say to Facebook, and Mark Zuckerberg, is thank you. Thank you for taking the time to think about my best interests, and for making these changes. And I'm sorry if people are so critical all the time!