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The “New” Facebook? Dislike!

Dec 6

Note to readers: Here is the latest information on the Facebook news feed redesign. 

new facebookIt was a rainy Sunday afternoon and I was nestled into one of the cozy chairs at Starbucks, sipping my vanilla latte, when I saw the message at the top of a friend’s page. Your Friend has the New Facebook, it said. You Can Have it Too. My heart started to beat a little faster. I just got the new Twitter, and it’s so attractive and user-friendly. My tweeting is faster, my past tweets are easier to review, my followers and those I’m following are clearly laid out. I love the new Twitter, of course I want the new Facebook! My hands were shaking as I clicked on the Get The New Profile button. But then, as I waited anxiously for the latest and greatest Facebooking developments, something horrible happened.

My easy-to-navigate tabs disappeared at the top of the page and they were replaced by a paragraph of somewhat-meaningless facts about me – where I went to college, who I married, the languages I speak – and a filmstrip of pictures that were so weirdly cropped that it looked like some kind of artistic slide show of my various body parts. It was messy and cluttered – not to mention the fact that someone would have to look 3 inches down the page to see the really important stuff – like where I checked in from while Christmas shopping this morning, the three latest things I ‘like’ or how I feel about having to go back to work tomorrow.

Desperate to make it stop, I fumbled with the keyboard, trying to add a status update. Where is the box? The box is gone?! I can’t find the #$%^&* status box!  (I was really starting to panic now.) Finally, I was able to steady myself enough to click on the the tiny icon to make the status box appear. Give me back the old Facebook! I typed as quickly as I could. But alas, it was too late. The new Facebook was here to stay, and by nightfall, all my friends would have it too.

Katie is President of Katie Wagner Social Media. Before opening the agency, she spent more than 15 years as a journalist, working for CBS, ABC, Fox, CNN and National Public Radio. Katie works with clients across the country and is a popular public speaker.

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