Few days back I was fiddling with my Facebook layout. I wanted to give it a different look. I googled for it and found one alternative to change Facebook look and feel. So I installed Yontoo Layers facebook layout. Everything went fine and I got some colorful background for my Facebook. But there was something that came for free with Yontoo. And it was annoying like anything. The problem with such applications is that while you install them, they try to change your other application without your knowledge. I got something called buzzdock automatically enabled in my chrome browser. Now whenever I searched for anything; the first result was ads and other stuff by buzzdock.
There is a famous saying that “only change is permanent”. Well this is not the case with recent changes brought by facebook. The moment I noticed the news ticker on right side of my facebook page , only one thing came into my mind – ” what the crap is this for”. Well my attitude towards such changes in facebook might annoy hardcore facebook fans but dear why change a thing which is already working so fine ?
iOS has some great functionality which we miss badly in Android, like for iOS there are number of apps which can let you take screenshots easily and one need not to jailbreak their devices to install these screenshot apps. Unfortunately this is not the case with Android devices. Upto Android 2.1 there was only one way to take the screenshot without rooting your device . One had to use DDMS through Android SDK to take screenshots. There are applications (like ShootMe ) available for Android devices but all of them require a rooted device.
Sometime back in November 2010 Google was super pissed off at Facebook. This was because of Facebook’s attempt to import Gmail data without Google’s consent. apparently Facebook thinks of “one way” data traffic, it takes data from wherever possible but when it comes to sharing the user data with others Facebook shows a big middle finger. Google even made some public remarks regarding this issue.
“We’re disappointed that Facebook didn’t invest their time in making it possible for their users to get their contacts out of Facebook. As passionate believers that people should be able to control the data they create, we will continue to allow our users to export their Google contacts.” - Google
Google, Yahoo! and many others allow a free flow of data from one to other. This reflects one philosophy – if you have created the data, you should be able to use it the way you want. On the contrary, Facebook uses others data but it never lets others use it data.
Facebook uses Gmail, Yahoo! contact to populate its data
Recently Facebook has made some big changes in its user interface. Not all of these changes were taken positively by masses. One such change which I do not like personally is the new “light box” pop up view of album images. Facebook calls this effect as “theater view”. Personally I find this new “theater view” as obtrusive in nature, it covers most of my screen adding no value addition to the over all viewing of normal friend’s/family’s albums. The biggest drawback of this change is that one can not opt to go back to earlier normal album view, which was much simpler and more fun to browse through. Facebook should have given its users an option to revert back these changes.
Facebook | Always trying to introduce something new