Five Reasons Why You Should Really Calm Down about the "New" Facebook News Feed

Categories: Social Media
facebookchange.jpg
http://www.someecards.com/
​Last night, Facebook rolled out its latest edition of the constant stream of updates from all of your friends you don't really keep in touch with News Feed, complete with a real-time, scrolling update box on the upper left, the introduction of user-determined "top" stories, and an annoying box for new people you should "subscribe to" (still figuring that one out). 

Immediately, the "new" News Feed was flooded with angry updates from greedy Facebook users and threats of "quitting" the social media site/drug. 

But let's be honest, you really shouldn't care. Here are five reasons why: 

5.  They're curating for you, lazy ass. 
Hi, welcome to "top stories" -- the feature that lets you say, "hey, I think I like updates like this/about this page/from this person that I'm semi-stalking." They're doing the work for you, much like iTunes genius picks playlists, like Amazon recommends songs, and like we've been doing the hard way by hiding updates from people we're friends with but don't actually care to hear about. 


adultswimfb.jpg
https://www.facebook.com/Adult.Swim
​4. Pictures are bigger. Woohoo! 
Facebook is about 10 percent sharing things that actually matter and 90 percent sharing photos of your cat in a cardboard box, your latest sick neck tattoo, and you and some hot chicks at last weekend's back-to-school pool party. 

You're not even in school, but hell, we'd all like to see those pictures on a bigger scale, and now we can. Thanks, Facebook. 

3. You're not actually going to quit.
Remember when everyone threatened to jump ship after Facebook introduced the newsfeed? 

moderncat - Facebook 2011-09-21 11-32-34.png
https://www.facebook.com/moderncat
Its membership has since grown, people keep uploading pictures, and you're still logging in every 5 minutes to see the latest update from all of your co-workers and high school friends. 

Hey! Look who's getting married!

2. Facebook is still better than Twitter and Google+
Welcome to the part of the list none of the Facebook haters want to read: Facebook is better than Twitter, and it's definitely still better than Google+. 

Both of the alternatives are great places to spam your friends with links to your Tumblr and host discussions ... but we'd honestly rather "like" videos of your cat and poke each other (see: reason no. 4). 

1. They'll be changing it again -- next week.
Yep. And they'll be fucking up all of your privacy settings, too. 


Follow Jackalope Ranch on Facebook and Twitter.

My Voice Nation Help
17 comments
Nigger23
Nigger23

Full of opinionated bullshit and generalizations. 

Borlos
Borlos

Im going to write an article titled - Five Reasons Why You Should Really Calm Down about the "Five Reasons Why You Should Really Calm Down about the "New" Facebook News Feed"

Dee Snyder
Dee Snyder

#5 I am a curator of my own media. And FaceBook's choices for what would interest me most are so fantastically wrong, I would call their entire ad model into question.

#4 Wrong. Facebook places more weight on shared media, rather than personal pics. See the Daily Beast article on secrets Facebook doesn't want you to know

#3 I may well be jumping ship after this one, as the entire way I use the system has been mucked up

#2 You have a pathetic understanding of the multitude of ways people actually use social media.

#1 And that invalidates your argument HOW?

Sally Mellinger
Sally Mellinger

I liked this blog post until #2.

I don't think one service is better than another. Each one serves a very specific purpose. 

Google+ is for keeping up with your industry's trends, getting full (more than 140 characters) updates from your industry's celebrities, etc.

Twitter is for networking and branding yourself professionally and personally.

Facebook is for all the stuff you don't want people on Twitter or Google+ to see, and a place for your grandmother to stalk your life and comment on everything you post.

Joshua Frazer
Joshua Frazer

Why is it better than Google+?  Serious question.

jkfan87
jkfan87

This notion that it is a free service (Which it isn't unless you have NO value on your life...but I realize you are a blogger so perhaps you DON'T place a value on your life...after all..no one else does) and therefore you can't have an opinion on it is absurd.

As for your very first reason...That is the ENTIRE fucking point! People don't like that Facebook is trying to decide what you want. VERY few people put up with that kind of shit. (Apple fanboys are the only ones that come to mind.) The idea of "THIS is what you want, and you will shit up and accept it!" is why people are mad. CHOICE is always good.

And so far, NONE of what they have decided I want to see as a top choice has actually BEEN something I wanted to see. And it is at the expense of things I DID want to see. So now, if I want to make sure I don't miss something, I have to click on several people's profiles rather than seeing it on my feed. Maybe that is why Facebook made the change. It increases pageviews which recently started falling for some reason.

And THAT is why are YOU are blogger.  Rather than someone who actually is able to make a living off your writing skills without the need for welfare checks to supplement it.

Electronic Cigarette
Electronic Cigarette

Honestly - I don't understand the type of people who get so excitable over stuff like this...

bakman bakman
bakman bakman

photos are larger, woohoo! but you can no longer see the most recent posted photos, FB will decide what I see…do they expect me to manage 1800+ friends with their "top stories" ? 

The point why this major change will not help in anyway and why it will not be something that people will get used to, is because the semi-intelligence that is being used: it does not work. I never use genius, and to recommend something: put it at the bottom. 

I want to see recent updates in chronological order and only by photos. Now I can hide/show/mark posts of people, which is totally useless. Think about this: I don't care about status updates of certain people, but do want to see their pictures - tell me how handle this ?

I already found that I gave up on FB because of these changes - I can no longer keep up with my friends due to this algorithm. I have started growing on G+ instead.

FB User
FB User

Great article with one exception...why end with profanity. It was unnecessary. 

Unhappyparakeet
Unhappyparakeet

How is it not a free service? Are you paying for it? If you are, I've got a bridge to sell you.

Seedy Ward
Seedy Ward

Actually, the profanity was one of the better features of the article.

Keyouse
Keyouse

It was neither necessary or unnecessary, it just was. It was how she wanted to write her argument. It was how she wanted to express herself. Curse words are not inherently bad. If anything, the only thing bad within a word, isn't actually the word, but the intention behind the word. Whether I say 'shoot' or I say 'shit', I am still sending out the same intention. 

Peter Donnell
Peter Donnell

Agreed, there is no such thing as bad language, just bad use of good language.

Now Trending

Phoenix Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...