Do You Like the New Facebook or the Old One?

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I have a Facebook account, and I log in every other day or so. I pretty much only log in to add friends, and ignore all App invitations people send me. Some people add only a small group of people they know, and others feel the need to add every person they can find. Apparently, Facebook has undergone a radical transformation, and there are a lot of grumblings as to whether people love or hate it. Andreas from Norway sent me the following email about this exact subject:

Last week, groups against the new Facebook design have been coming out of nowhere. I did a search for groups of people who love the new design, and I found only one group with 25 members. In comparison, there are nearly 700,000 members of anti-Facebook design groups! Do you think this is just hype? Do people hate change that much? Are they being lazy?

For me, I think the new design is anything but bad. It’s much cleaner, and more interactive. Two things I think are really big step ups in the design are:

  1. The chat, is really a step up for the Facebook site. Though people who is visiting Facebook, are probably connected to other chat clients at the same time.
  2. What I really hated with the “old” Facebook, was all the Apps people added to their sites. If you really want to have Apps showing what day of the week it is, or what car you like best, that’s fine. But please… put your Comment Wall at the top!! Thankfully, profile settings have been changed in the new version. The profile has all the latest activities in one line, and the Apps are hidden on a different page.

I have to agree wholeheartedly. I think the new design is fine, and good. Then again, I don’t get hung up on Web design so much that my whole life crumbles if it changes. I quit going to Facebook because of the amount of crap I saw on a constant basis. If I go to someone’s page, I want to see what people are up to, what events they may be going to, and what discussions they’re participating in. I hated seeing all those Apps sitting there, and seeing what Vampire bit who.

We launched two Facebook Apps for Geeks recently. GeeksStream will load all of the latest data right into your Facebook tab. That was created by Wesley. With this one, it will highlight the latest pictures, videos, Groups and even discussions.

The other Facebook App for Geeks is pretty much the same thing, just laid out in a completely different way. This has the 20 latest activities, the latest videos, and the latest forum threads and descriptions. This one is called simply Geeks.

You can add either or both of these Apps to your Facebook profile, in order to help spread the word, and to help keep you connected.


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19 thoughts on “Do You Like the New Facebook or the Old One?”

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  2. I really like the Facebook redesign. The redesign made it more intuitive and easier to find stuff. It defiantly made the profiles much less cluttered from all the stupid apps. Personally I don’t use Facebook as much as I used to. Though the live feed is bringing me back in.

  3. Why is change soo hard for some people. I dont see a problem. Allot of people are starting petitions and groups and I really don’t see the point. It’s not hard to get used to.

  4. Chris, I prefer the new one. I’m still trying to figure out the best use of the tool, however. Like you, I don’t add many apps. My greatest concern is something you mentioned today on the WIRe/ICES gig: so many sites. I’m not sure where the limit is.

  5. The new one is better to my eye, everything is placed in a great manner. Only drawback is my SplashCast application, not able of being on the main profile page. That is so killing me since it was my second way of transmit my art to the earth. But for the rest, the ‘RSS updates’-style of post has gotten the greatest points from me. Old one, is the old one. ;p

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  6. definstly the new facebook, every thing is organized better and pages don’t go on forever but now have tab like pages

  7. You’re not alone Chris, I like the new facebook too. Most of my friends dont like it, and yeah I think they are just lazy.

    The new design actually made me start using facebook again (in a twitter kind of fasion)

  8. I definitely prefer the new Facebook, for a lot of the same reasons mentioned above. Less viral crap clutter, and more real communication via all the comment areas throughout the news feed, including commenting on statuses, I really don’t understand all the anti-new Facebook whining. My group “The New Facebook” has just one member. 😛

  9. I have to agree with Andreas, I love the new Facebook but all of my friends say they hate it. It is a much cleaner interface, and I don’t feel like I have to digg through mountains of crap to be in contact with friends [a big reason why I left myspace].

  10. One big flaw w/ the new design.

    Too many of the elements of it, are done w/ horizontal strips across the whole page. With the old design, at least the menu was mostly off to the left in a box.

    Why is a horizontal stripe bad? Try viewing Facebook on a laptop with a landscape oriented screen. Then better, try using something like Warbook within Facebook.

    Because of the stripes taking up space at the top and bottom, the room in the middle is far too short for ease of use.

    And of course the world is moving to widescreen laptops being far and away the “Standard”.

  11. i dnt wnt new facebook it problem i want back old facebook. i m piss off now . where old facebook back? i don’t want new facebook it so shit!

  12. I HATE THIS STUPID NEW FACEBOOK AND I HAVE 110 FRIENDS AND YES I KNOW THEM ALL! We are all having posting problems, freezing up on apps problems, gifts dissapearing on us…IT TOTALLY SUCKS BIG TIME…WE ARE ALL GOING TO BAN THEM FOR A WEEK TO GE THEM TO CHANGE BACK….We dont have issues with changes in fact most of have had sooo many changes on fb its getting on our last [email protected]@@@@@ nerves!!! Its tooo slow and all the problems the last few weeks are to much to deal with!!

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