My main issues, in the form of a numbered list:
1. My strongest reaction to the recent and forthcoming changes on Facebook is dismay at the frequency with which it changes. It all seems so gratuitous, in a way. If it works, why change it? (Of course, I’m thinking that I’m actually the customer here. Silly me.) If my employer changed the interface on its products every three to four months, we would hear no end of complaints from the customers. Somehow Facebook is immune to complaints.
2. Facebook has changed so much, adding features that I haven’t yet wrapped my head around, that at some point I will have to devote a couple of hours to just relearning how to use the site. There’s a reason why, though curious, I haven’t tried Second Life or online games: I don’t want to spend my computer leisure time trying to figure stuff out. But I’ll have to spend the time on Facebook, if only to avoid inadvertently messing up privacy settings. I’m not looking forward to this.
3. Yeah, sure, maybe the forthcoming Timeline thing is pretty neat… well, I don’t know, actually. It’s not something I was looking for. I haven’t seen anyone try to justify it, either. Maybe I haven’t read enough news coverage. I don’t know what’s supposed to be in it for me or for Facebook’s corporate partners. If I wanted something like that, I’d probably be writing my memoirs already. Is this something that appeals to young people that as an old fart I won’t “get”?
4. I have an LJ, a Flickr account, and a Twitter account. Why do I need Facebook? Oh, for all the people who I know who don’t come to those other places. I see. It’s not quite that simple, I suppose, but that’s most of the reason I am on Facebook along with these other places. And yet, except during LJ outages, Facebook is the most irritating of the group.
Aren’t you glad I gave this a descriptive title, so you could skip it if you didn’t want to read one more complaint about Facebook?