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How the facebook redesign brought you this blog

April 15, 2009

By Shannon

Entertainment Weekly recently gave some column space to the facebook redesign. Of course I read it, eager to see their take on the debacle.  They offer pro/con opposing views of the new design.

I loathed the new page layout from the moment it was announced.  I was just starting to enjoy posting to a small group of people who actually cared about what I had to say about movies and television, and I was starting to have fun.

This little boy is clearly upset about the facebook redesign

This little boy is clearly upset about the facebook redesign

With the new facebook format, I was horrified to find out that people did not have the ability to “see less” of my postings.  That meant that friends who could not really give a rat’s ass about any movie, much less the one I saw the night before, were involuntarily being subjected to my status updates.  The new format really makes you think about how many times you post.  I would actually run scenarios through my head about how many people on my friend list would be rolling their eyes in disgust over my postings.

I know this happens, because I’ve done some eye-rolling myself.  I’ve been on the other end of undesired/ excessive postings.  The thing that sucks is that it is not anyone’s fault, and this is where facebook royally screwed things up.  Apparently they were trying to mimic twitter, but twitter is a totally different concept.  I like(d) facebook for it’s features.  I like twitter for different reasons. I don’t want them to meet in the middle.

The fatal flaw with the “new” facebook is the inability to adjust the amount of postings from “frequent posters.”   God love you, if you want to post 25 times a day you should be able to do it, but I should be able to opt out of the extraneous crap. I saw a friend out saturday night and he asked if I had read about some incident that happened to him on facebook.  Of course I hadn’t.  I haven’t actually seen any of my friends’ recent postings, because  Aunt Mildred, Jo Blo, and Asshole Andy are clogging my news feed with a constant onslaught describing the minutia of their every move throughout the day. Every time I open my news feed, it is actually shocking if I see more than three separate people on the first page.

So I found myself  painted into a corner.  Did  I post about my movie crap, or not.  I was terrified of cluttering friends home pages with content they hate and becoming a “news feed clogger”.  Every time I posted anything I felt inhibited and anxious about the way people would perceive my postings. I started posting less and less, all the while having more and more I wanted to say.  So, facebook was the final kick in the ass I needed to get this blog up and going.  I know you don’t come here unless you want to, and that makes writing a lot more enjoyable.

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One Response to “ How the facebook redesign brought you this blog ”

  1. zoewhite on January 13, 2010 at 12:43 am

    I just want to said the boy in the picture was so cute.