Big changes ahead for Facebook
Thu, 22 Sep 2011 16:50:11 GMT —
On Wednesday morning, millions woke up to some big changes on their Facebook and now the company says even more changes are expected soon.
With more than 750 million users, the social media giant redesigned its news feed. A live news ticker is now available as well as larger photos.
A trending topic on Twitter, it was clear many of those users were suddenly angry.
You see, we use Facebook to keep us connected to our family, our friends and current events. We've developed an almost personal relationship with our Facebook so when Wednesday's change happened with little notice, it upset many.
"We're constantly working to make facebook better, and we're gathering and evaluating feedback on all of our products and will continue to make improvements over time," Facebook said in a statement to ABC.
Facebook announced the changes Thursday. Those changes are said to appeal more to the emotions of its users.
H ere are some of the changes you can expect:
Cover Photo- It will change what people's Facebook page looks like. The pages will have a large cover photo that Facebook says it hopes will help people express who they are. It will dominate the top of the page but it does not eliminate your profile photo.
Timeline- Users will be able to scroll all the way to the bottom to view old updates instead of clicking on the "more" button. It starts with recent updates and then summarizes the rest of your life. You can go back and view old posts. Just click the year on the right of your timeline and Facebook will scroll to the year you want.
Photos- Timeline is designed to help people tell the story of their life. You can also update your Timeline. For instance, if you want to add a teenage photo of yourself, you just drop down to the year and click the "add photo" button.
Music- Users will be able to share what they are listening to. For instance, if your account is connected to Spotify, it will show up in your timeline.
Media Apps- Facebook will launch Media Apps like music, movies, TV, news, books and lifestyle apps like exercise, food, fashion, travel and more.
Here TMs what Mashable's Ben Parr said about the changes, "I have seen what Facebook is launching on Thursday, and it's going to change the world of social media. And while I won't talk about the mind-boggling things Facebook will be launching, I will say this: The Facebook you know and (don't) love will be forever transformed. The news that will come out of Facebook during the next few weeks will be the biggest things to come out of the company since the launch of the Facebook Platform."It's a relationship gone stale. After years of dating, the magic between Facebook and its users has dissipated. It's a natural evolution in any relationship, but now there is another suitor vying for Facebook's users. And a lot of people think this suitor is easy on the eyes."
The changes are designed to enhance the emotional connection that users have with each other through Facebook. You will know your friends better than you ever thought you could.
According to Mashable, users will be shellshocked once the changes take effect.
"Prepare yourselves for the evolution of social networking."