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(The New York Times)   Facebook announces first major facelift since the much-derided Timeline. Get ready for the onslaught of "it was perfect the way it was" posts from the same people who do it every single time something changes   (nytimes.com) divider line 55
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2013-03-07 07:45:18 AM  
While I'm sure there will be some complaints, I think the biggest reaction will be indifference. Once peoples parents started signing onto Facebook it lost its 'Cool' factor and early adopters are moving elsewhere.
 
2013-03-07 08:12:39 AM  
You'll get over it.
 
2013-03-07 08:13:22 AM  

Steve Zodiac: While I'm sure there will be some complaints, I think the biggest reaction will be indifference. Once peoples parents started signing onto Facebook it lost its 'Cool' factor and early adopters are moving elsewhere.


As long as their changes don't break my Groups again, I have no problem with whatever FB chooses to do. I use FB to keep in touch with family and a few gaming friends, that's about it. The site is usually perfectly acceptable, and previous changes haven't really bothered me all that much in the long run.
 
2013-03-07 08:18:23 AM  
www.lanniebyrd.com
 
2013-03-07 08:39:59 AM  
I mean this FARK interface is ok I guess but I still miss the 'classic' FARK interface.
 
2013-03-07 08:41:23 AM  
Now we get to have "Will Facebook's layout changes affect their stock price?" stories.
 
2013-03-07 08:43:19 AM  
Get ready for the posts complaining about the people complaining.
 
2013-03-07 08:46:15 AM  

Malcolm_Sex: Get ready for the posts complaining about the people complaining.


And the posts complaining about the people complaining about the people complaining.
 
2013-03-07 08:50:10 AM  
Is it still blue boxes on a white background?
 
2013-03-07 08:50:23 AM  

Spad31: You'll get over it.


Done in two.
 
2013-03-07 08:51:23 AM  
"Advertisers want really rich things like big pictures or videos, and we haven't provided those things historically," Mr. Zuckerberg said at the time.

Sounds like they're really redesigning it with their users in mind.
 
2013-03-07 08:51:29 AM  
I miss the 1990s Internet. You had to be somewhat smart to use it, it was about 1/1000th the population as today, and all the idiots were conveniently gathered up in places like AOL.

And most of the world had no idea it was even around, or they'd seen a dancing baby at work or something like that.
 
2013-03-07 08:52:49 AM  
Timeline did make most of FB's uses and additions tough to find.  It wasn't bad because it was change, it was bad because it diminished quality.  Maybe they wanted you searching the interface more so you saw more advertisements.

/I like the new fark changes, but I was learning HTML through code academy and this was good command practice.  I should switch back to html buttons, but now I'm lazy
 
2013-03-07 09:23:15 AM  

thecpt: Timeline did make most of FB's uses and additions tough to find.  It wasn't bad because it was change, it was bad because it diminished quality.  Maybe they wanted you searching the interface more so you saw more advertisements.

/I like the new fark changes, but I was learning HTML through code academy and this was good command practice.  I should switch back to html buttons, but now I'm lazy


That's precisely it. Why would anyone want to look at their recent pages out of chronological order? That just doesn't make sense.
 
2013-03-07 09:24:28 AM  
I just did a major facelift on a website Ive been running for 12+ years, from a mish-mash of glued-together scripts, to a well-designed, MVC layout.  I kept the user experience 99% the same, it was mostly back-end site management stuff that I improved.  I added a bunch of ease-of-use for the user, but it was in no way a use change.  I had the development site up for SEVEN FARKING MONTHS, and asked for feedback/testing/etc every couple of weeks.

99% of the users didnt mind the change at all, but the 1% were hell bent on biatching about EVERYTHING.  I finally ended up making an announcement along the lines of "The development site was up for over half a year, and I was constantly asking for feedback.  The time for complaining is over.  If you dont like the changes, and its ruining your experience here, you're free to leave."
 
2013-03-07 09:29:48 AM  

Tanukis_Parachute: I mean this FARK interface is ok I guess but I still miss the 'classic' FARK interface.


Advertisers don't like that attitude.
 
2013-03-07 09:31:54 AM  
"Advertisers want really rich things like big pictures or videos, and we haven't provided those things historically," Mr. Zuckerberg said at the time.

Now I'm really missing Facebook. Couldn't do some of those rollover video ads with a tiny close button, while you're at it. I loved those...
 
2013-03-07 09:33:10 AM  

kumanoki: That's precisely it. Why would anyone want to look at their recent pages out of chronological order? That just doesn't make sense.


I just can't figure some things out on the new FB and almost none of it had to do with the actual time line.  Things like events and setting started being moved around and menus became a lot more confusing so you'd have to explore each one.
 
2013-03-07 09:35:11 AM  

Generation_D: I miss the 1990s Internet. You had to be somewhat smart to use it, it was about 1/1000th the population as today, and all the idiots were conveniently gathered up in places like AOL.

And most of the world had no idea it was even around, or they'd seen a dancing baby at work or something like that.


Yeah but it was nice to get images and moderated forums. And Usenet was insane - you have to admit that. I do miss it too though. I feel like I was dumb not to build a site back then based on some subject I cared about. Definitely a missed opportunity.
 
2013-03-07 09:40:06 AM  
i.imgur.com
STILL WANTS TO BE YOUR FRIEND
 
2013-03-07 09:58:41 AM  

quickdraw: Generation_D: I miss the 1990s Internet. You had to be somewhat smart to use it, it was about 1/1000th the population as today, and all the idiots were conveniently gathered up in places like AOL.

And most of the world had no idea it was even around, or they'd seen a dancing baby at work or something like that.

Yeah but it was nice to get images and moderated forums. And Usenet was insane - you have to admit that. I do miss it too though. I feel like I was dumb not to build a site back then based on some subject I cared about. Definitely a missed opportunity.


I stayed off of usenet after watching some friends have a 3 year long protracted drama involving a divorce and everybody taking sides. Then just as that was dying down, along comes dejanews then google to archive everything forever. So that reignited a new round of blame and its all still out there, which by now means their kids will be 10 years old or so and be able to read all the nice things mommy said about other mommy said about daddy.

It sure is amusing watching that same learning curve now be played out 100000 times a week on facebook and twitter by literally everyone in the world at once.
 
2013-03-07 10:03:37 AM  
I deleted my FB profile a long time ago so i'm getting a kick out of these replies!
 
2013-03-07 10:17:49 AM  

Generation_D: It sure is amusing watching that same learning curve now be played out 100000 times a week on facebook and twitter by literally everyone in the world at once.


ikr? I'm so glad Drudge's y2k drama played to such a small audience. And thank goddess for Snopes! Remember when people would threaten lawsuits if your anonymous persona told another anonymous person's persona they were full of shiat?

good times, good times. It was the wild wild west of the internet.
 
2013-03-07 10:26:10 AM  
Company executives have broadly said they want to make the News Feed, the first page every user sees upon logging in, more relevant

Translation: They're going to take away the ability to have it just show you shiat in chronological order.
 
2013-03-07 10:29:27 AM  
Remember when everyone got upset when you could post that second status under their profile pic and theirs was something they'd meant to post elsewhere?

No?

Well then it probably wasn't as big a deal as they once thought.

farkeruk: "Advertisers want really rich things like big pictures or videos, and we haven't provided those things historically," Mr. Zuckerberg said at the time.

Now I'm really missing Facebook. Couldn't do some of those rollover video ads with a tiny close button, while you're at it. I loved those...


There need to be more with the "Go to Site" button swapping places with the close button. When I click the upper right corner I expect you to be gone, ad!
 
2013-03-07 10:32:18 AM  
So...are we stuck with Facebook forever? Is it too big to fail?

I kinda thought it would have gone away or been replaced by now.
 
2013-03-07 10:36:49 AM  
I wonder if part of the layout changes will include code to circumvent ad blockers - pretty sure that the advertisers hate that too. LOL
 
2013-03-07 10:37:14 AM  
I still think the latest Fark logo at the top is extremely boring and looks like no time or effort was put into it.
 
2013-03-07 10:37:34 AM  
People still use Facebook?
 
2013-03-07 10:49:42 AM  

js34603: So...are we stuck with Facebook forever? Is it too big to fail?

I kinda thought it would have gone away or been replaced by now.


Its community does seem to have reached a critical mass at this point and it's not a total shiatheap of viruses, enormous piles of slow loading animated gifs, and autoplay music like myspace was.
 
2013-03-07 10:52:09 AM  

Langston: [www.lanniebyrd.com image 320x224]


People still think Facebook is free and the only time people aren't obligated to use it is when they are homeless.
 
2013-03-07 10:55:10 AM  
And within literally hours there will be a Chrome extension to put things back they way they were for you.
 
2013-03-07 11:03:25 AM  

Steve Zodiac: While I'm sure there will be some complaints, I think the biggest reaction will be indifference. Once peoples parents started signing onto Facebook it lost its 'Cool' factor and early adopters are moving elsewhere.


Where are they moving too?  Google+?

/yea right
 
2013-03-07 11:14:11 AM  

serial_crusher: Company executives have broadly said they want to make the News Feed, the first page every user sees upon logging in, more relevant

Translation: They're going to take away the ability to have it just show you shiat in chronological order.


#include "mygripeintheotherfacebookthread.h"

Sounds like it.  Facebook's "This is what we want to show up" algorithm is useless.
 
2013-03-07 11:17:55 AM  
Facebook won't be much different at all (Featured Partner)
 
2013-03-07 11:18:46 AM  
i94.photobucket.com
 
2013-03-07 11:40:50 AM  
sigh...Guilty

Oh, Facebook?  big farkin' deal.

/whines about most UI changes; Fark, Photobucket, MS Office
 
2013-03-07 11:57:48 AM  
Erix: "Advertisers want really rich things like big pictures or videos, and we haven't provided those things historically," Mr. Zuckerberg said at the time.
 
Sounds like they're really redesigning it with their users in mind.

On the other hand, Facebook like any other good company listens to its customers.
 
kab
2013-03-07 12:01:01 PM  
Subby sounds like one of those idiots who assumes that every GUI change is an actual improvement.

/timeline is a joke
//enjoy your ad-fest (what, you expected something different now that shareholders are involved?)
 
2013-03-07 12:25:15 PM  

thecpt: I just can't figure some things out on the new FB and almost none of it had to do with the actual time line. Things like events and setting started being moved around and menus became a lot more confusing so you'd have to explore each one.


You talking about FB or the MS Office ribbon?
 
2013-03-07 12:31:58 PM  
I can get used to UI changes. What bugs the fark out of me is I can not get the updates from the peoples/pages I want updates from in my news feed. But hey I can get that sponsored ad from some bakery hundreds of miles away from me that my aunt liked.
 
2013-03-07 12:32:24 PM  
So, FB isn't the father?
 
2013-03-07 12:46:56 PM  
It's not so much that the complaints will be simply because they are making a change.  It's because they are making a change so that they can show large, more prominent ads - including video - in your feed.  I don't really expect a lot of people will be happy about that.
 
2013-03-07 12:47:15 PM  
"more engaging" = bigger pain in the ass
 
2013-03-07 01:00:09 PM  
Every time I see someone typing FB, it always looks like they are typing F8.

When I do that (in conjunction with my FN key), it turns off my wireless. No more FB - WIN!
 
2013-03-07 01:13:58 PM  

theurge14: [i.imgur.com image 240x194]
STILL WANTS TO BE YOUR FRIEND


Amusingly I just got a request from his G+ account yesterday. Or the account that purports to be his anyway.
 
2013-03-07 02:12:11 PM  

Steve Zodiac: While I'm sure there will be some complaints, I think the biggest reaction will be indifference. Once peoples parents started signing onto Facebook it lost its 'Cool' factor and early adopters are moving elsewhere.


How many years have you been saying this and have been wrong?  How many more years will you say this and still be wrong?

Of course eventually it will die out, but I hate to break it to you, it's still going strong as ever.

FYI - Nobody uses it for a 'cool factor' - people uses it because everyone that uses social networks is using it.  Of course the internet wall flowers won't use it, but for sure they will spend their extra time reading and commenting on threads about it.
 
2013-03-07 02:59:32 PM  
Meh. As long as I can send IM's, and find out what my relatives and old friends are up to, the rest is just pointless crap.

I do wish they'd add an option to let you edit Timeline entries though. It sucks having to delete the whole thing just to fix a typo.
 
2013-03-07 03:46:18 PM  

Olympic Trolling Judge: Spad31: You'll get over it.

Done in two.


Ah the memories.  He was right you know.
 
2013-03-07 03:49:56 PM  
i1353.photobucket.com

Oh noes! Some website that I'm not on is changing its format.
 
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