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New Facebook is too presumptuous.

by Jamie Sanford on November 10, 2009

So, new updates to Facebook again. I’m generally fine with the new feed stuff, especially now that I get the difference between them and I’m understanding the newsfeed more these days.

However, new Facebook is pretty presumptuous,  and appears to think that we are living in rainbow marshmallow fantasyland, where everyone is super close and super friendly.

Examples

(The top suggestions are friend or fan suggestions, and those are fine, they make sense.)

The “you haven’t talked to that person from your English class who you didn’t actually interact with socially in high school” messages.

On a related note…

I do not need to reconnect with these people.  If I want to reconnect with someone on Facebook, Facebook, I will take care of that on my own.

So Facebook, come on.  Are you not getting that a large portion of the people I’m connected to are from a previous time period in my life?  Sure, we can be “friends” on Facebook but we aren’t going to be chitty-chatty all of the time.  In fact, it is likely we won’t connect at all, save the occasional birthday message or a comment on the same wall post/status update.

The “someone you connected to signed up, added some friends and then disappeared and is not helping our revenue” messages.

 

 

Oh Facebook. First of all, why don’t YOU make Facebook better for the mystery girl? Writing on her wall is probably not going to be a Facebook game-changer for her.  And the FB user with “only” 17 friends?  Why assume that this person wants to connect with so many others on your site?  If I was only connected on Facebook with the people I see and talk to on a regular basis, it would be maybe 35-40 people.

People will use your website in different ways, maybe not everyone cares to connect with people who are just acquaintances or just coworkers but people they see as ACTUAL friends.

Anyway, that’s my rant for today, I’ve been seeing these messages for a while now and think that Facebook’s presumption is a bit much.

(Oh also, Facebook, please move the birthdays up near the suggestions box, thanks.)

What do you think of the new Facebook changes, particularly these new “suggestions?”

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