Facebook “upgraded” our personal profile pages last night.
If you’ve been on Facebook for more than a year, you know why the word upgrade is in quotes. The changes they make are consistent with a computer figuring out probabilities and not with a gregarious human being saying “Changing XYZ would be an UPGRADE to my facebook experience”.
That’s Not How I Speak
I graduated with my degree in Management Information Systems from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology http://alum.mit.edu/www/billcammack/). Peep the hardware:
There are lots of people that don’t know this.
They don’t know because I don’t tell them.
How OBNOXIOUS would that be if every time you went to speak to someone, they rattled off a list of information that you never asked them about?
Apparently, whomever’s idea it was to redesign the Facebook profile pages wouldn’t mind, because that’s what happens now, every time you click on a profile.
I was curious to find out what the new page layout was about, so I clicked on the button to “upgrade”, not imagining that there was NO. *******. ROLLBACK. FUNCTION!!! 😀 JEEZ! smh
So now, anyone that goes to my page is greeted with information that a) I never would have told them if we had met each other IRL, and b) probably has NOTHING TO DO with the reason why they came to my page in the first place.
This information was fine in the sidebar. If I went to someone’s page and was interested in what they were talking about, I glanced to the left and had whatever EXTRANEOUS INFORMATION about them that a) they wanted to share, and b) I wanted to know, at my fingertips.
Now.. Every time I go to to someone’s page, I’m greeted with what school they attended, where they live, where they’re originally from… This would make sense if it were ONLY on their “info” page, but it’s on their wall as well. It’s like WHO CARES? \o/ WHERE’S THE CONTENT I CAME HERE FOR?
To add insult to injury, a filmstrip of images that you’re tagged in has been planted directly under the information you wouldn’t have shared in the first place and above where your actual wall content begins.
Whether or not you give a flying **** who this person hangs out with, you’re reminded each time you visit their page, unless they’re one of those people who blocks their FB pictures from friends being able to view them (or, at least, blocks *YOU* from being able to see their pics! :D).
The formerly-useful left sidebar has now been replaced with a parade of your friends. That’s it. No more links to other websites of yours. No more sidebar widgets. It’s like a dating site. They list “In A Relationship With”, “Friends” and “Family”. Why is that sidebar content? Who cares? If you care whether someone’s dating anyone, you click on INFO and find out. It’s a waste of real estate.
In the sidebar on the right side, you see mutual friends that you have in common. Once again, this is functional from Facebook’s viewpoint, so that people can find more people to connect to and create more traffic for them and more pageviews, leading to serving more advertisements.
For the user, this serves no purpose at all.
The rest of that sidebar is populated with advertisements, like it used to be.
I’m guessing that Facebook made the sidebars useless so they can emulate a Tumblr style of all relevant information residing in one vertical column. This makes sense for their mobile efforts. I’m sure that whichever robot calculated this configuration arrived at an efficient design.
Unfortunately, as usual with Facebook “upgrades”, functionality for the user has been REMOVED instead of being ENHANCED. It’s practically a conspiracy! 😀 haha I wouldn’t be surprised if after the next couple of “UPGRADES”, Facebook announced premium accounts where you could get back all the functionality they’ve been stripping away if you PAY THEM MONTHLY! :/