Facebook Friends Say Homepage Changes Are Confusing, Annoying

 
 
By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2009-10-26 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Facebook Oct. 23 created a toggle switch between its News Feed and Live Feed, trying to improve the user experience on the homepage. The changes sparked criticism over the weekend from several users, who vented in Facebook Groups such as I Automatically Hate The New Facebook Home Page group, as well as in the comments section of news stories. Over the weekend, several users wrote to complain that the changes were confusing or annoying. Others, however, accepted the changes. Facebook is welcoming feedback, but there seems to be no plans to change the service back at present. What do you think of the homepage changes?

Facebook has something of a revolt on its hand after altering the homepage to let users toggle back and forth between a regular News Feed and a Live Feed Oct. 23.

The News Feed aims to provide info about what might be of interest to users, while the Live Feed shows users what is happening now.

The changes sparked criticism over the weekend from several users, who vented in Facebook Groups such as I Automatically Hate The New Facebook Home Page group, as well as in the comments section of news stories.

After eWEEK published "Facebook Offers Real-time, Highlight Reel News Feed for the Homepage" Oct. 24, several users wrote to complain that the changes were confusing or annoying. Others, however, accepted the changes.

First, the complainants. Baby Boomer FB User wrote:

"The new changes in what shows up ion [sic] News feed, Profile, and Status Updates (with no explanation at all, as far as I can see, so far) are totally confusing. I don't give a hoot what my FB Friends prefer. Just because we are virtual friends, or even real friends, does not ensure that we share tastes and preferences. It is a nuisance now to sort through stuff to find posts from them that are interesting. Too bad."

Keeth wrote: 

"FB has fallen fast. The new changes are terrible. Either FB tells me what I can see, or it shows me everything. In either feed, the info is old and incomplete. I cannot join groups. I cannot add comments. Links go to the wrong places. Pictures posted do not show up. Adding content brings up an error message most of the time ..."

One anonymous reader added:

"This is a horrid change. All of my customizations of various 'hide's is gone. I didn't want this app or that group spamming me. I used to be able to control that quite well by simply hiding the offenders. Now I have to use filters that seem to block people rather than apps. The hide box only lists people, not apps. I don't want to kill getting all feeds from certain friends, but I really don't care about their fake cows."



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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