Facebook Changes Spark Outcry From Users


The social media site added a redesigned news feed and ticker for real-time updates.

Change is never easy, especially it seems for the 750 million Facebook users. Every time Facebook makes some tweaks to their design, users take to their walls to express their disagreement with the latest revamp.

It was no different on Tuesday, September 20, when Facebook launched a redesign that includes significant changes to the newsfeed, which will now list stories based on how “interesting” they are to the user.

An algorithm determines how important a story is to the user based on several factors, including which friends the user interacts with the most and what types of stories have the most “likes” or comments on them.

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“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,” explained developer Mark Tonkelowitz on the Facebook blog.

The site will also mark “Top Stories” with a blue mark in the corner of the update. And users will notice that photos are now displayed much larger in the feed.

Additionally a ticker has been added to the feed, giving users real-time 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.

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Facebook’s official page flooded with angry comments from users about the new changes. “Who the hell are you people to decide what I want to see, or who I chose to view? pack it in and put it back as it was!” wrote a user named Barry Jones.

“This is what you get from some high paid people playing on computer all day!! WOW this is just a pile of steaming crap!!” wrote Sandra Henry Wojcik.

‘Where the hell is my Home? This is finaly over. I'm splitting for Google,” wrote Ethan Campbell, referring to Google+ as a welcome alternative for social media.