Facebook Changes Aren't the End of the World, So Stop Whining

facebook changesWarning: For those of you who haven't been to your Facebook page yet today, you're in for a reaaaaall treat. As of last night, Mark Zuckerberg's social network launched some fancy schmancy new changes for their home page -- and since then, everyone on the interwebs is uber vocal about how much they hate them. In short: The page looks a lot busier, to say the least.

But before you too jump on the complaint-fest bandwagon, hear me out. I promise you, this isn't the end of the world. In fact, I can almost guarantee that in a week or two from now, you'll forget what the old style of Facebook even looked like. I'm gonna be controversial here: The changes are actually pretty useful.

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First, let me explain what's going on here. Essentially what the 'book has done in their most recent set of changes is compile the most "important" stuff (aka material from the profiles you check the most) onto your main newsfeed, add larger photos throughout, and, to top it all off, squeeze in an extra newsfeed on the side of your wall. This thingie, which for fun we'll refer to as the ticker, is a live, continuously updating scroll of what your friends are doing around the web right now. Does it look a little busy? Sure. But trust me, it's much much more functional.

My fave part about it is if you hover over an item, it shows the item as it appears on their page. So say, for example, "Emily Abbate commented on her own status" pops up on my ticker. If you hover over that update, you can see my original status box, and what everyone else has said about it too, without clicking over to my profile. Sounds like the lazy man's Facebook to me! One-stop shopping without having to aggravate my carpel tunnel!

Obviously, I alone may not be able to sell you on how awesome this is. But we all know that Facebook has made numerous massive design changes in the past, many of which were met with the same animosity. Nevertheless, we continue to use the site because of how useful and addictive it is, and overhauls like this one aren't going to stop us. If you don't like them, you're certainly entitled. But futz around for a bit, and I bet you'll be singing a different tune soon enough. It's time to embrace it as part of the world of ever-changing technology. Log in to your account and get used to it.

What do you think of the new Facebook?

 

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