This is a fitting post for the upcoming 4th of July weekend-basically this distinctly human trait of ruining anything that’s good. Look at our own country; had a great thing going then we all just sat back while politicians raped the treasury and bribed certain segments of the population with other people’ s money in exchange for their votes. We are now so far in debt it will be impossible to dig out. For those of you thinking a “recovery” is coming, well get over it. Massive poverty, riots, and the breakdown of society is already here and it will continue to get worse. There is no solution.
Now that I’ve brightened your day with a clear-eyed assessment of how people will destroy anything successful, let’s turn to an everyday example that everyone can relate to: Facebook. Facebook, the mega-successful upstart start-up that made its’ shady creator billions is currently imploding. Many of you are probably thinking “huh?”–but you just haven’t noticed it yet. Everything that made Facebook great is being taken away in the pursuit of a couple of extra advertising dollars. Well, enjoy those extra ad dollars FB; you’re gonna need them!
As most FB users know, FB has a really bad habit of “changing” features and formats. Usually for the worse. But most times these changes are announced, so yeah it’s annoying but it’s usually temporary, or the changes actually help. There’s also other problems like the incredible amount of spam and viruses that the FB team seems to tolerate as they chase those advertising dollars. At least one of my friends gets a virus or hacked every single day, and apparently nothing is done about it. I protect myself by never answering poll questions, opening applications, or playing any type of Facebook game.
But what has prompted this little tirade of mine is what happened to me yesterday with Facebook. Now, already I was a little miffed with the previous redesign–the one where they made “Top News” your default feed and you had to manually click on “Most Recent” to get your chronological news feed. But yesterday I signed into Facebook and my “Most Recent” button was gone and replaced with “Questions”–as if I want to be making poll questions for people to answer. Answering stupid made up poll questions is the type of thing that most people with an above room temperature IQ avoid, thank you very much. At first I thought my Facebook was broken–tried clicking around, tried resetting my account settings, etc, with no luck. Then I Googled “Most Recent is gone” and found out what happened…
Apparently the geniuses at Facebook decided to “experiment” with a “new feature” on about 1% of FB users, without telling anybody first. Great. Now if I was asked if I’d like to participate in this little exercise in nonsense I would have said no. But if they just did it anyway, but let me know prior to doing it and asked me to send them my feedback about these new “features”, I wouldn’t have had a problem with that. I don’t think anybody would have a problem with that. But no, that’s not what happened, instead I got my FB fuxxated and no way to get it back. There are now user groups dedicated to this “experiment”–some people are getting there FB “back” after a few weeks, some after a few days, some not at all. Many people claim to have deleted their profiles over this. I’ve personally emailed FB about this issue and how bad it is and have received nothing back but an automatic canned response. How stupid are these people? Very!
Just so you’re aware, what has happened is that “Most Recents” is gone. Now your news feed is a jumbled mess of out of order posts you’ve seen dozens of times already. If you scroll down about halfway through your screen you might see a gray bar that says “Most Recent” on it. It is very difficult to see and you will scroll past it multiple times before finding it. This is where your chronological feed starts. Pretty stupid huh? “Hey, let’s scroll through all these posts I’ve already seen 15 times already until I get to the chronological feed” – yeah, that’s what people want to do. Also, to make it even worse, they’ve removed my Events and Birthday Notifications from the right hand side and have replaced it with a Twitter-like “Happening Now” feed consisting of what your friends and what their friends are doing. So, if someone you don’t know comments on a post by someone you know, you’ll see the comment from someone you don’t know. You won’t see the post that he was actually commenting on, but you’ll see the comment. From people who aren’t your friends. Again, how stupid are these people? Very!
So if you use Facebook quite a bit like I do, prepare to have your experience ruined. Honestly, it’s practically useless for me now. In fact, my FB iPhone app won’t even work right now–just gets the same posts from days ago and it will not update. Great job, Facebook.
For those that might think, “Well, you can’t complain–FB is free!” I’ll say it again in a slightly different way….How stupid are you? Very! Business models that depend on advertising that do not keenly and closely listen to their “customers” (yes you are a customer–you are the one that brings in ad revenue for them) do not last long. It’s just the way it is. So, for this and other reasons, I don’t see FB lasting more than a few more years as a massively popular social networking site. Between the spam, viruses, hacking, privacy issues, and the endless “need” to change things that already worked fine, the writing is already on the wall–er, on the “Top News” feed. I think I’ll just change my FB profile to my website address–if you really want to contact ME, that would be the place to go.