Facebook Urges Users To Use Google Plus

Ken AshfordSocial Media & Networking1 Comment

Well, what else can account for their recent changes?

Take a look at your Facebook page today, and let us know if you laughed or smashed your screen. Facebook has changed its look, adding a “top story” listing of the newest postings by your online friends, and the reaction is … well, not warm.

The” top stories” on each person’s page, automatically generated by Facebook, are marked with a with a blue triangle. But some users are already taking exception to being told what they should consider the highest priority posts from their friends.  One annoyed comment on the Facebook blog: “Quite frankly I don’t want Facebook deciding who is most important in my life. I want my news feed to just go chronologically and if I want to hide posts from someone, I will. Stop changing.”

On Facebook’s blog this morning, people were voting against the changes by a 2-to-1 margin.

“Starting today, it will be easier to keep up with the people in your life no matter how frequently or infrequently you’re on Facebook,” wrote Mark Tonkelowitz, an engineering manager at Facebook, in a post on the company’s blog.

The idea, Facebook says, is that if you’ve been away from the site for a few days, you won’t be in danger of missing the most important posts friends put up. Though Facebook hasn’t provided details on how, its software will figure out which posts are most likely to be of interest to you, and keep them up at the top.

“News Feed will act more like your own personal newspaper,” said Tonkelowitz. “You won’t have to worry about missing important stuff. All your news will be in a single stream with the most interesting stories featured at the top.”

The changes:

  • New posts that went up since you last logged on are marked with small blue triangles in the upper left, as if you had folded down the corner.
  • There’s a moving “ticker” along the right margin: “See what your friends are up to right now.”
  • Photos are larger.

Do you like that? Not everyone does.

The “top story” on my own page was a one-liner from an old college friend: “Packing my FB bags and headed for Google+. This sucks.”