Dear Facebook

As people age they change.  As do social networks.  Sometimes for the best, sometimes for the worst.  The key difference between a human being and a social network is that the human being doesn’t have much impact on how they change, whilst a social network has a creative group of people who decide what changes should be made in the future.

I have tried to be fair.  I wanted to make sure that my reaction to the new Facebook was not just a knee jerk reaction, like when your wife comes home with a new haircut.  I wanted to be sure that you are the same you.  I wanted to ensure that my criticism is fully justifiable.  And well wouldn’t you know, I feel it is.

First off the bat I would like to point something out which perhaps someone in your HQ may not have considered.  I applaud your efforts in increasing the privacy of your users.  However if what people what is more privacy, then why use fucking social networks in the first place.  It is a simple choice, which doesn’t require any damn groups to make it easier.

I have no idea why you think lists are a great idea.  In a world where we are often criticised for being judgemental, you are in effect forcing us to pigeon-hole every single person I have met.  It is completely unneccessary.  If someone who isn’t a friend/school friend/lives in your area tries to add you, you can use a little black magic.  What you have to do is rip a chicken’s head of its living body, smother your naked body in its blood, put its entrails on your head and dance along aisle three of your local supermarket.  And when you get home select ignore.

I appreciate respect for innovation.  I suspect that you have grossly overrated your competition.  The similarities between your lists and Google+ circles are quite obvious.  However again it appears that you failed to notice one thing.  Nobody uses Google+.  There is only one thing worse than imitating someone else and that is imitating something which is significantly worse than you.

My point is Facebook that I loved you the way you are.  Part of your success was due to your simplicity.  In the era of cross platforming, simplicity is even more vital now than ever.  Maybe it’s because I am old.  Or too dumb or too slow to appreciate it.  One thing I would appreciate is one simple button in the settings marked Old Version.  That way you could give people the choice and find out exactly how the masses feel about your changes.

7 thoughts on “Dear Facebook

  1. Nobody uses G+? Now that is funny…
    G+ is thriving, My writers circle, politics circle, friends circle… ALL are thriving whereas FB is just one big ad machine now.
    FB = Myspace…


  2. Really?I know maybe 2 people with G+ accounts who have already stopped using it. I agree with the ad machine. And maybe you are right, FB may end up going the same way as Myspace.


  3. I’ve met so many authors and publishers on their it is great. You add them to your circle and then next thing you know you are commenting on one of their posts and then they comment back and what usually happens is they then add you to one of their circles.
    I’m mainly interested in writing and that industry but from what other friends have told me it generally works with whatever interest or industry you are in.
    I love the circles because I can post with writers and just share that info and then posts in my politics circle doesn’t get any of my other circles angry since those conversations can be one sided in our general views.


  4. There is only one thing better than working for social media, it’s making social media work for you. It’s great you get something from it other than a mindless way to pass the time. So what kind of thing do you write?


  5. Speculative fiction, sci-fi, cyberpunk, working on a book now. Like I said, the writers on G+ have been super helpful as far as what track to follow to get agents and publishing lined up.
    Writing is an excellent way to clear the noise in ones head from whatever day job they have.


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