Facebook’s Makeover

 

By Kelsey Correia

Last month, Facebook underwent a face lift for its user’s profile page.  Timeline was introduced and has generated much attention.  Facebook users have mixed feelings about their favorite webpage’s new look.  Some love the new profile while other believe it’s headed in the wrong direction.  The new homepage makeover allows all content on a user’s page to be easily searchable. 

 

 

Mark Zuckerberg, creator of Facebook, highlights the fact that the new layout is way to really “express who you are.”  At a f8 conference in September 2011, he told the audience that the new profile is like an hours long conversation that is in-depth about your life and who you are, whereas the old profile is a brief and short conversation between users.   Timeline allows users to highlight the postings they want to share most with others. 

“Timeline really addresses the foundation of all social media:  How much do you really want to share, and how?”  Mark Zuckerberg also said Timeline is “the heart of Facebook experience, completely re-thought from the ground up.”  Facebook users want to share more but they want to be able to control what they share more of.   Timeline is a step in the right direction for the users that want to be able to control what and how much information they share with their “friends.”

I interviewed a Lasell College student, Rocco Mazzaferro, to find out what he thinks of the new Facebook change.  This is his responses to the questions.

Q: Do you like the new Facebook Timeline homepage?

A: No, it’s too distracting and not as relevant as the old Facebook layout.

Q: Do you think it will allow people to control what they share and how much they share?

A: I don’t think it will.  I feel like its worst and people can see your past.  They can go all the way back to 2008 and see things I’ve done as a freshman.  I want to keep the past in the past.  It’s not something I want them to see. 

I wonder how many other Facebook users feel this way.  Or how many agree with Mark Zuckerberg and believe it is a step in the right direction for Facebook and privacy.  Personally, I like it.  I think it is different.  I am also hesitant when Facebook changes its layouts.  I just don’t like change, especially on Facebook.  It is like you get used to using it and then all of a sudden it changes on you.  But still, after adapting to it, I like it.  However, I know a few other people who are not looking forward to their pages changing.  What are your thoughts?  Do you think Zuckerberg is right?  Do you believe the new Facebook Timeline will allow you to control what is being shared with your friends?  Or do you believe that she should have kept the old layout?

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