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 ?
You must have seen the new Vodafone blue mobile commercial ” He’s Always on Facebook“. With more than 750 million active users on Facebook, it can be thought as a good business strategy to launch a dedicated mobile for facebook user. Well Vodafone is doing the same with its new 555 Blue mobile. Recently Vodafone did a worldwide launch of this mobile. Vodafone 555 Blue was launched in UK and in India on same day.
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.
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.
Any publicity is good publicity. Social media giant added some more buzz among people who now prefer to interact more over internet. last week on Thursday Facebook “accidentally” rolled out few extra features and for sure these changes were felt across the globe . During its one hour or so presence , these changes gave a sort of sneak preview into the upcoming features of Facebook . Facebook published an apology just after rolling these changes back ,
“Also, some internal prototypes were exposed to people and resulted in us disabling the site briefly. It’s now back to normal” read a facebook tweet just after this incident.