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Facebook layout changes again

Matthew Fraizer

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Gather your flames and pitchforks; Facebook has changed its layout yet again.

One cold February night began with aimless Facebook surfing, but things quickly turned sour when news feeds worldwide were flooded by the complaints of users whose home pages had been affected by Facebook’s recent layout change.

Many remained optimistic, as the modification was gradual, but when it happened, the effects were drastic. Essentially, the previous home page’s features were scrambled around, forcing users to strain their eyes in a frantic search to find their notifications, messages and other essentials that were once in memorized locations.

Groups, fan pages and events pleaded with whoever was reading to return the homepage back to its previous format, but eventually users conceded and continued with their normal routines.

In 2004, the original Facebook emerged on the Internet as a social networking website for college students that was absent of Farmville, fan pages and your crazy aunt you never guessed would find you on the Internet. Fast-forward six years and users are scratching their heads trying to navigate the Web site. Apparently, the head honchos at Facebook believe the Web site needs a routine face lift every few months; most users feel otherwise.

If there is no incredible demand for a Facebook layout change, why are we constantly subjected to these confusing updates?

“Facebook is quickly becoming the new MySpace,” senior Chris Collins said. “Next thing you know there will be glitter letters everywhere.”

For users like Collins, who will soon be deleting his Facebook, frustration is defeating the purpose of the layout changes that are supposed to make the Web site more convenient. Presumably, users began flocking to Facebook years ago due to its simplicity in contrast to MySpace, which had become swamped with spam messages, blinding neon backgrounds and the previously mentioned glitter text.

The problem that arises from these alterations is the fact that they contribute no enhancement to a user’s experience. All the features seem to work exactly as they did in the previous layout; there is no need to confuse users by relocating them.

But although we object and gripe until our fingers are sore, the bottom line is that we always find ourselves back on Facebook.


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Facebook layout changes again