I can’t get no (Facebook) satisfaction
I normally ignore all sponsored polls in the Facebook newsfeed and never see any adverts thanks to my browser add blocker, but this one was too interesting to ignore. The question:
“How satisfied are you with the new Facebook redesign?”
Fits in with the number of people who have signed up to Facebook groups demanding the return of the old version.
While I don’t particularly dislike the redesign, there are a few options I’d like to see changed:
- Status updates: they are automatically posted at a significantly larger font size. You can alter the size of the font but you can’t change the default setting, unlike every other item that appears in the newsfeed,
- Wall: it’s no longer possible to only view messages from people via the wall, something that really needs to return
- Inability to minimise “applications” (they should be called widgets): I couldn’t care less about the majority of widgets people add to their profiles and the old design allowed me to minimise the majority so I could only see what I wanted to: that is no longer possible
- Tabs: it’s more time consuming to get access to the info I want as loading profile pages defaults to te “wall” tab…. why can’t everyone have the option to choose a different default page to load? The info tab is far more useful.
I’ve already raised these points with Facebook though chances are they’ll be ignored: a generic reply doesn’t really give me much confidence, though I wouldn’t be surprised if there aren’t enough people to reply. And it hasn’t cost me anything to use Facebook.
It’s certainly quieter than I’d expect it to be: possibly as most of my friends have now graduated and have better uses of their time. However I don’t see myself abandoning Facebook soon: it’s too useful to communicate to the wider student radio community to ignore.
UPDATE: in the hour since I saw the poll results, it’s changed to 30%, 23%, 23%, 11%, 10% (from extremely dissatisfied to very satisfied). Clearly relatively few people have taken the poll so I’ll update again once the numbers have settled down.