I thought I'd blog about this, simply because it's such a big topic at the moment.
When Facebook first came out, I stuck to Bebo for as long as possible, trying to avoid selling out and moving onto yet another profile.
I eventually gave in and really enjoyed Facebook. It was fun and simple. No hassle, no complicated modules, no themes. Just sharing things and commenting.
Now Facebook is cluttered with unreal amounts of bullshit. Mainly, I see it trying to be something like Twitter.
The "ticker" constantly updating me on who liked who's status and who just tagged someone in someone else's photos. Whoooopee.
Friends lists were fine, until they decided to make it even more complicated by adding "subscriptions" and sharing to certain lists etc.
News feeds are now the habitat of "Top Stories". What's a top story? It's something that FACEBOOK thinks you may find interesting. Facebook knows what is best for you. No. And the worst thing about them? The fact that they appear in the middle of your news feed, messing up the timeline of things. Posts going from 2 minutes ago all the way to say, 20 minutes ago, are now being divided up by "top stories" from 20 hours ago.
The privacy settings used to let you custom decide on who sees all different things, such as your wall posts, others posts on your wall, your friends, your details and pretty much everything else possible on Facebook.
Now when you enter Privacy Settings, you get three main options. Public, Friends, Custom.
When it comes to running a website, especially one so popular as Facebook, there's a certain point where you have to sit back and let it be. What happens when you keep changing things, causing bugs and errors, making things more complicated than they need to be and general winding up your users? Bebo happens.
Bebo died due to the amount of changes they continued to make, slowly ruining what they originally had. Then Facebook came along. Something simpler without all the hassle. Of course people would stray away.
This is going to happen to Facebook in time. I've already got a Google+ account and although it's still in beta, it's the a "better" version of old-school Facebook. A simple layout. Simple sharing. No clutter.
"Circles" are so much easier and more useful than "Friend Lists".
It speaks for itself. Unnecessary change will kill a website. If Facebook doesn't realise how much it's messing with it's users, soon enough, they'll be a distant memory, just like Bebo.
As for Google+? Well, I imagine it'll probably end up doing the exact same thing and have us all move on to a "yet to be created" network. Or maybe, just maybe, Google will have the initiative not to fuck this up.
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