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September 21, 2011

Facebook makes changes. People Wig Out (for now)

Filed under: Main — Ryan Jones @ 3:32 pm


OMGFacebook changed their layout! Quick, everybody wig out.

Everybody’s seen it, and we’ve all already complained about it on Twitter. Facebook updated their layout and the “most recent” is gone. They also added a mini facebook on the top right. They also creepily decided that they know what’s more important than I do. It’s a drastic change – I know – and drastic changes can take a while to adjust to.

But guess what – everybody hates changes. Nobody’s going to leave facebook over this change despite their threats.

It reminds me of something @DrewCurtis said at Blueglass Florida last year and has repeated over and over.

People hate change. OCD is 20% of the population. People just wig out when you change things around. I know because I screw with my friends apartment… Wait 3 days and see if they are still upset. Main thing is don’t change core functionality. If you move layout around people will get use to that, but you can’t change core functionality. I’ve got people telling me that I am ruining the community because of the political hit…. It’s less than 1% if my site. If you are passionate about it and feel your right then go with it. Of course it helps when you are right… and you better be right.

(thanks to search engine people for actually writing this down at a time of the conference when I was too hungover to do so. And yes, that hangover is also attributed to @drewcurtis )

But guess what – Drew is right! Facebook has made changes before and everybody rioted before eventually liking them. Fark has made changes. Delicious made changes. Reddit made changes. Every site site does it, and every time they do the users complain. But then a few days later something crazy happens: The users realized that the change is for the better.

Just look at new Twitter. Everybody hated it, then they made it standard. Now that they’re taking it away you’d think people would be happy; but they’re not. They hated new Twitter when it came, and now they hate being switched back to old Twitter.

The key to changes is like Drew says: make sure you’re right. So far, Facebook has been right. They’ve managed to last longer than any other social network has, and they’re still growing.

Time will show that Facebook probably does know what’s most interesting to you. Sure, we’ll miss the “most recent” option but I’m sure in a few days it’ll either be back or it’ll be no big deal at all.

My advice: Quit going crazy and bitching about the changes and start using them. You might be surprised to find that they grow on you.

1 Comment

  1. I think the stats are low on the OCD population. And trust me, when you go to Hollywood, they climb even higher. (Just try pitching to acquisitions people who bite their nails and fidget in their seats like a hungry 5 year-old.) I just posted a similar response to the Facebook changes this morning because everyone was wigging. One thing I have to add to your blog is this… in the next 5 years only the tech savvy will be left standing. And it doesn’t matter what you do for a living. (I’m a movie tagline writer, screenwriter and novelist.) Social media rules, book stores are going the way of video stores and if you can’t get your head out of the analog days, you’ll be left in a tech daze. Just my opinion. Of which I have many! Peace, Ryan! – Jennifer B. White

    Comment by Jennifer B. White — September 23, 2011 @ 9:22 am

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