This time Facebook was modeled very similarly to Twitter. Facebook focused on an updated 'feed' that would keep users informed of the latest happenings going on in their friends lives. The feed would focus on random, current status updates and wall-to-wall conversations between friends. Before, the user had more control over the content on his homepage.
Overwhelmingly, Facebook users opposed the new design. Facebook groups, fan pages, and petitions were created to protest the new design.
In one Facebook application, it gave users the opportunity to vote and comment on the new layout. The current result (as of March 24) has 80,031 supporting the new layout and 1,230,078 opposing it.
In response to some of the major complaints, Facebook made some minor changes to accomodate users who want to personalize the homepage. In the past, Facebook has ignored the reponse from users. When Facebook began changing the overall layout in September, they were met with enormous opposition. Some groups that protested the change received more than a million members, but Facebook ignored those complaints.
Facebook is now allowing users to filter some of what is on the feed page and to take some control over the content that appears. While most critics appreciate the change, one writer said that the only way progress can come is for companies to ignore their customer's wants. The writer made an interesting point by quoting Robert Scobel, a self-professed 'technical evangelist, "if you asked a group of Porsche owners what they wanted they'd tell you things like "smoother ride, more trunk space, more leg room, etc." He'd then say well, they just designed a Volvo."
I hate the changes Facebook has undergoing, starting with the change in September. I believe the changes have not been progressive and instead are regressive. However, I think that Michael Arrington (the writer who supports Facebook's changes) does have an interesting point. What do all of you think?