This article was published on October 24, 2009

Who Cares About The New Facebook?

Who Cares About The New Facebook?
Alex Wilhelm
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Alex Wilhelm

Alex Wilhelm is a San Francisco-based writer. You can find Alex on Twitter, and on Facebook. You can reach Alex via email at [email protected] Alex Wilhelm is a San Francisco-based writer. You can find Alex on Twitter, and on Facebook. You can reach Alex via email at [email protected]

It being Saturday, I figured that writing a lengthy post on things that make me unhappy would be appropriate. The tech world is waiting about for Monday to announce anything, so we can take the time.

There is again rabid anger on Facebook. Whenever Facebook makes minor design or functionality changes, people tend explode in righteous fury. It is almost comedic to watch the huddled masses crying out in pain over the fact that now, horror of horrors, their News Feed they will be alerted when one of their friends becomes friends with another person.

God forbid such insanity.

I woke up this morning to find a link to this group “GIVE US BACK OUR OLD NEWS FEED”  in my inbox, courtesy of a few “friends” that apparently have too much time on their hands. Figuring I could use a laugh, I fired up the group just to find it as annoying as can be. Take a look at some of these comments:

facebook fail big

People, this must stop. The group has 99,000 members and is growing seemingly at a few hundred members a minute. If you needed any proof that indeed Team MySpace has arrived, look no further. We must find the dichotomy between what the average Facebook user thinks, and what Scoble thinks, fascinating.

Best part: a counter team was set up to protest the protesters with a spoof group: “I AUTOMATICALLY HATE THE NEW FACEBOOK HOME PAGE.” Sadly, although the group name is brilliant, not all the users of the group understand that it is in fact a spoof. MG Siegler, points out that several Facebook employees joined the group, including Mark Z, so the spoof is real.

Of course, aside from the annoyance of the annoyance of the ingrates (Facebook was of course trying to improve their product, the crazies always seem to forget), we have a true problem: why aren’t these people using Facebook Lite?

Long ago Facebook Lite launched and was loved. It took away the bloat, cut the fat, and degreased the sausage. Don’t believe me? Try it.

I make my case that Facebook should actively push Facebook Lite as the anti-MySpace. It is your best social graph, under the lightest coating. What could be better, disregarding our current love with Twitter, than that?

Final point: when you have a product that everyone uses, then you have a userbase of curmudgeons that want nothing more than for nothing to change. Oh, and to play that ludicrous farming game. Alas.

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