Facebook redesign March 24, 2009Posted by baldricman in News, Tech.
Tags: facebook, mark zuckerberg, redesign, twitter, UI
The new Facebook design really sucks. I hate to post something like this, and I’m usually the last to pronounce (negative) judgement on “new” looks etc for sites (or anything for that matter), and I count myself as one of the positive people, the optimists, when it comes to this sort of thing. In fact, I happened to really like the last major UI change to Facebook, which was met with massive criticism indeed. And that is why I thought so carefully about posting something like this after I first opened Facebook after that changes.
I’ve tried to like it, honest. I’ve really, really tried. I’ve looked for benefits to the new layout. But I just can’t find anything, ANYTHING that is better about it! I recently signed up on Twitter (just a day or so before the change in fact), and still have not “clicked” with it… I just don’t see it as something I’ll use much. Imagine my surprise and dismay when I opened Facebook to see…. Twitter. Wait a sec…. I’m sure I typed in “faceb…..” Damnit! They’ve mated! They’ve produced an evil, ugly red-headed spawn!
In my opinion, Facebook has merely indicated its concern over the growing Twitter “phenomenon” by immitation. (What do they say about flattery?) But did they not think that Twitter was never really in competition with them in the first place? They (used to) fulfil different needs.
As you probably are acutely aware, there is an overwhelming majority of facebook users who agree with my sentiments. So far, of the few who have supported the change, I still have not heard any reason why the new look is better (not just a good reason, I mean any reason at all).
The only argument is that “people complained previously about changes, but now they like them”. I’m sorry, but that’s not an argument.
Anyway, I felt most vindicated when I came across this article today. It turns out that Facebook employees hate the new design too.
The feedback on Facebook’s new look, which emphasizes a stream of Twitter-like status updates, is almost universally, howlingly negative. Why isn’t CEO Mark Zuckerberg listening to users? Because he doesn’t have to, he’s told employees.
Mark Twitterberg, wake up.