Facebook has a way of burning their fanbase with unwanted site redesigns. The typical path of an update is as follows:
- Facebook announces a platform update, and tells the haters to deal with it.
- 500 million users turn to Facebook to vent their frustration and/or latent bigotry and racism.
- Facebook backpedals the rhetoric with a hastily written apology, claims the update isn’t permanent but an “experiment” with other options.
- The 500 million calm down and project their anger at other sources, like the president and Miley Cyrus.
- Facebook pushes the update anyway, one user at a time, until eventually, like the frog who doesn’t realize the pot of water he’s in has increased to boiling temperatures, we all suddenly and collectively look around us and realize, “Holy shit, they did the update.”
- The 500 million shrug and drop the subject.
- Mark Zuckerburg and Sheryl Sandberg toast each other from jetpacks in the air above San Jose, mocking our complacency.
Well, welcome to Stage 5 folks. Facebook today announced that the long-awaited redesign of the desktop News Feed, originally hinted at in March of last year, is finally being pushed out to the masses, albeit on a subtler scale. The most obvious changes (that the company would acknowldge) are to the font and picture size. Still, expect blowback to be severe at first, before minimizing into complete irrelevance.
What are your thoughts? Love it or loathe it?
New News Feed