Five Complaints You’ll Hear about the New Facebook Layout

Ross Simmonds

For six years Facebook has been making it easier to creep on ex-girlfriends, snoop professors and embarrass your friends after one too many tequila shots. Over these years, Facebook has changed it’s layout five times and each time we find a new group like this, this or this complaining. While none of these groups have ever been successful in getting “the old layout” back. People still join these groups expecting Zuckerberg to care what they have to say. If you haven’t seen the redesign yet, you can find it on Mashable or take a look at the picture below for an idea.

From Mashable

As you can see the new design is nothing like the past five designs that Facebook has rolled out. The homepage as you knew it is clearly no more. The new homepage puts a whole new spin on things focusing more on search. Not only will it make it easier to message your friends (e-mailish really).The scrapbook look has made it easier to creep on more than one friend at a time.

The Retaliation Begins

While the new layout hasn’t hit my Facebook yet, I’m already facing the consequences of the design. In less than 24hours 20 of my friends have joined the group: “CHANGE FACEBOOK BACK TO NORMAL!!” I have also seen at least six status updates ranging from,

“[Insert name here] is SOOO over Facebook”

to

[Insert name here] WTF FACEBOOK!”

But yes,  I’m happy for Facebook. Typically when it’s your birthday you don’t give out presents. You receive them. Facebook however, has given each and everyone of us the gift of complaints. If you haven’t already begun to see them come in on you’re news feed here are five complaints that you can look forward to…

This New Layout is @#$% Ugly!

This tends to be the second most popular reason why people are complaining. I have to ask these people a simple question. If you had a child and when it turned six it became ugly what would you do? Would you give it up for adoption? Would you quit being a parent? No, you wouldn’t. And you aren’t going to leave Facebook because it’s ugly. You will accept it for what it is and in a few weeks it will grow on you.

Everyone can see Everything!

Welcome to Web 2.0 Captain Obvious! Of course they can see everything. You knew that when facebook rolled out the privacy changes back in December. So you don’t want to have all those pictures on peoples homepages when they log on? Okay, well you could always try MySpace. Facebook has made it clear that they believe that the privacy age is dead. Oh yeah, and if your privacy matters to you so much, why do you still do those surveys and play Mafia wars?

Zuckerberg Sold out! – All about Ad Space

No, you sold out when you sent me a request for Farmville, Mafia Wars, 3 Surveys, a super poke and tagged me in your stalkers list. Wait, how are we “friends” again?

It’s too Confusing and Frustrating!

Sadly, this is the most popular complaint. No real reason that they hate the layout, just the fact that they don’t know what they’re doing. Well, remember when the layout changed for the 4th time a few months back and you complained about how confusing it was? Do you not realize that you are now requesting that Facebook go back to that once confusing layout? I mean, it’s common sense that if you got used to the old one you are going to get used to this one.

Sure, its confusing and you don’t know where anything is anymore. But remember how confusing algebra was when you open up the textbook for the first time? You got used to it and with practice you got better.  And lets be honest, you aren’t going anywhere so you’ll definitely get practice.

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About Ross Simmonds

Ross Simmonds is a digital marketing strategist who has worked with everything from Fortune 500 companies to startups to drive results using digital marketing and technology.

12 Comments

  • brentongieser says:

    “Public is the new default”. Everything is out in the open now almost without your consent. I guess Mark wants to follow Twitters openness with richer media. Whatever it is…our dependency on FB always outweighs our dislike for their UI.

    The ridiculous thing is that I am paid to create on the FB platform. Yet, I have not seen the updated UI on my account….so thanks for the screen shot…and the article!

  • Lucas says:

    N00bs for using Firefox – Chrome all the way!

  • Thanks for the comment Brenton! You hit the nail on the head completely. No matter how much we complain and cry the fact remains that so much is already invested in Facebook that these changes aren't going to make a significant difference. Sure, its going to make it challenging for those who are setting up FB strategies and pages for companies but at the end of the day we still need to get it done.

  • How long have you been using Chrome? I tried it out but am pretty attached to the Fox. It has been crashing when I have a bunch of crazy tabs open but I assume that would happen with all browsers.

  • Cara says:

    I like change. Although I'd like to be able to only see people's status updates like with the last layout. I haven't figured out if you can do that yet, but I'm not a real FB junkie, so it doesn't bother me too much.

    And a dislike button would be kinda cool, lol.

    But change is good… hello, Obama! lol

  • I'm super jealous! I'm still stuck with the old layout. Hopefully they try to pull the wool over my eyes and change it while I watch the superbowl but who knows. I thought the status updates were Facebooks crutch, especially in the newsfeed. I'll be surprised if there isn't a way to feed out everything else. Thanks for the comment Cara!

  • Rod says:

    Bravo my friend! I was chuckling all the way through this post. I for one actually like the new layout it's cleaner and more streamlined. Sure, there are nay-sayers, but as you said, they'll get used to it. They just don't know that they love it yet, lol. Great post man, I will be sharing it.

  • Rod says:

    I love both – firefox for it's customization and chrome for it's speed. They're both great browsers.

  • I didn't think I would be a fan of it when I saw the screen shot but it definitely won me over. The interface is cleaner like you said and I find its much more user friendly. Although I'm not 100% used to it yet, its nothing a 4 year old couldn't figure out..

    Glad the post brought on a morning chuckle!

  • Dearly departed says:

    Accept it and in a few weeks it will grow on you?
    No.
    I have a life outside of Facebook. I don't have anything invested in it except time that I have found I can spend doing other things.
    I have a quick launch bar on my computer so I don't have to keep returning to the Desktop or the start button to open most used applications. Facebook removed this option with the new layout which mean instead of being able to switch between applications, one has to go to the home page, then open a menu as well to find a bookmark, before being able to go to that application.
    Logout has been hidden. I wonder why?
    Search is now prominent in the middle at the top of the page… is that something to do with Facebook and MS doing something so Bing becomes the generic search engine? This I'm unsure about.
    I don't use Twitter, never have, the bits I'd seen online looked boring and annoying enough but from the comments I've seen about the new Facebook page, it's become Twitter-ish. I think I know who the twits are. Check the Facebook blog and see how many 'likes' there are to the number of people who have posted comments. Sure, some say they like it… some? I should say a rare few, the rest, vast majority (there's over 16000 comments there) have made it known what they think.
    Anyway, 'nuff said, I didn't like it so I left it.

  • Fair enough! Well said on top of that… Sure there are 16000 people who said they didn't like the new changes. There were 18000 people who said they didn't like the changes before… However, the majority of these people are the same people who were complaining the first time around and did nothing about it. Making a group or becoming a fan isn't going to make a difference…Doing what your doing (well if a lot of people join you) is what would make a difference. Until then, we can only wait and watch facebook become more and more twitter-like.

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