The New Facebook and You.
You got into work this morning, ready to tackle the day. Before your first sip of coffee, you read your email, you check your voicemail, then you log into Facebook. You stare at the website all confused, scratch your head, and stand up from your cubicle. "Okay! Who changed all my bookmarks around? Does (your name here) have to smack a b*tch?" Calm down slick, nobody changed your bookmarks. Facebook is changed. Now, before you toss your computer out the window and splash hot coffee on the closest coworker's face, listen for a second. It's not that bad, nor big of a deal.
"But whyyy? Why change something when it's not fixed, Cakalusa? "
Change is never easy, especially when you have to appeal to more than 700+ million people. As many of you have noticed, Facebook has changed. Again. And if you haven't, you clearly don't use Facebook enough.
While you were tucked away, sound asleep, and your roommates were having wild sex last night, Mark and Co. brought some drastic changes to your Facebook homepage. The most significant change is in the redesign of the "News Feed", which now determines what it thinks is interesting to you. 50 people changed their profile pictures? HELL YEAH! But to most, it's a little thing most like to call “algorithm hell.”
“You won’t have to worry about missing important stuff. All your news will be in a single stream with the most interesting stories featured at the top,” as seen on the Facebook blog of Mark Tonkelowitz
They’ve also installed a Twitter-like new “ticker” that gives users realtime updates. “Now when a friend comments, asks a question or shares something like a check in you’ll be able to join the conversation right away,” explained Tonkelowitz.
Here at Cakalusa's Xanga, I know how important social media is and how to properly stalk that one girl you said two words to at that graduation part. So I've come up with your Facebook change survival guide!
The New Features and how to work them.
New News Feed
Okay, this feature is a little tricky. All of the stories that Facebook deems important are at the top. This is decided by which friends you interact with the most, and which friends’ posts have the most comments and likes.You do have the option to mark them as non-top news. If you see any of my updates though, be sure to mark all of them as top news. Otherwise, God will kill a kitten.
But look on the bright side, now all the people you creep on will be aggregated into one spot. Less work for you!
This should be an easy concept to grasp among the millions of cross users of Twitter and Facebook. When a friend comments on a post, likes a photo, or there's really any activity at all, it’ll pop up on the right side of the homepage. If you're a regular participant of Xanga meets, this may get ugly when photos are uploaded.
Why do we need it? Facebook believes it closes the lag that the News Feed experiences. This will let you have more realtime interactions. This means: You'll know exactly when your scumbag ex-boyfriend/girlfriend "likes" your now ex-bestfriend's Vegas photos they took during their vacation together. That's your cue to head on over to their place with your brass knuckles. Who said all change is bad?