Facebook Changes: Creepy, World-Altering, Or Something Else?
Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled the latest changes to Facebook at the F8 Developers Conference last week, and the only thing everyone agrees on is that this could completely change the way people connect through the social network.
The most notable new feature is Timeline, which allows users to visually represent everything they’ve done on Facebook, in chronological order.
Wired‘s Steven Levy describes it as “essentially…a remote-control autobiography.”
At the same time, Facebook’s newest features make the site more “sticky,” enabling users to access media and even more activities directly through the site.
User response has been negative, to say the least. Message boards are overflowing with calls for “the old Facebook.” One Twitter user asked sarcastically, “Is there any way I can upload my browser history, bank statements, and medical records to Facebook?”
But these kinds have criticism have followed just about every change Facebook has made. And with the announcement that Facebook now has 800 million users worldwide, they seem to be doing just fine despite all the people who claim to be leaving.
Also, Facebook has made clear that including material in one’s Timeline will be completely optional and controlable.
Joe Green, founder and president of Causes.com, even argues that the new Facebook will help people change the world for the better. Green says that by making their Causes feature easier to use and then increasing the ways to share Causes on Facebook, the site will increase visibility and impact for socially relevant issues and organization.
What do you think? Is Facebook better than ever, or is this the beginning of the end for the social network?