Latest Facebook design falls on its face

icon_facebookI joined Facebook several months ago, but until recently, I hadn’t spent the time to figure out how it all works.   I’ve not quite understood the desire to post your daily routine and the desire for others to follow it along.  Does anyone really care if you are leaving for work, or are drinking coffee?   I haven’t checked out this “Farmville” application, but according to the stats , it seems nearly everyone else has.  There’s a lot of activity on Facebook.

This past week I had just about become comfortable with Facebook and ..poof… it all changed.  I haven’t exactly figured out what the purpose of the redesign is, and I can’t really figure out what “News Feed” and “Live News Feed” means.   Things seem to appear randomly and sporadically.   I changed back to the old status, but it doesn’t seem exactly the same as the way it was.   I have a page for MicroplexNews on Facebook, but I’m not real sure how things are being received that I send out from there.  I’m presuming they are showing up as sporadically on fan’s walls as they are on my own.   It seems the latest buzz among users are instructions for getting the old version of Facebook back.  I did discover that if you click on “more” in the left column, you can then drag your choice of “Status Update” or “News Feed” to the top of the list.  Once you move it to the top, click on it to make it the default choice.

Texas Tech’s Small Business Development Center recently put on a Social Media Seminar hosted by the Eastland Chamber of Commerce.    In a handout they gave statistics on how fast social media is growing.    Radio took 38 years to reach 50 million users, television reached that figure in 13 years,  and the internet reached it in just 4 years.    Facebook added 100 million users in less than 9 months and 40 million in last 3 months.  If Facebook were a country it would be the 4th largest country between the United States and European Union.  And here’s the statistics that Facebook needs to pay very close attention to….  The fastest growing segment on Facebook is 55-65 year-old females.    I’m just shy of being in that age category but I think I still speak for most of us when I say … WE DON’T DO WELL WITH CHANGE!!

So what do you think?  Should Facebook have left it alone, or do you like the new and improved version?

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