This post was written before 2007. As a result, there may be crude language and poor grammar. I was young and fairly immature. To be fair, I still kind of am, but I try not to let that shine through on here anymore. Either way, I apologize for the poorly written thoughts and non-G rated language.
What exactly ‘new’ Facebook is offering is news feeds on when your friends update their profiles in any way. This includes adding a new friend, wall messages, new groups, pictures, etc. People don’t like that because it makes Facebook more “stalkerish,” to use a term coined by most of the Student Activities Office. But really, why would people post these things on Facebook? So others will see them. Facebook is an outlet for people to brag or wear their heart on their sleeve. More importantly, however, to share their information with friends. And the feeds are in accordance to your Privacy settings on Facebook.
One detail I think most people are over looking too, is the ability to “Hide” a story. Since your profile has your own mini feed on it, you can click on the X on any of your stories to hide that story. Then, it won’t show up there, or on your friends’ main news feed. Also, unless people can see your profile, they cannot see, for example, what a person wrote on your wall. Facebook is really not all that different. It is just easier to get information you are privy too. There will, no doubt, soon be a way to turn off the feeds too.
The main reason I like the new features, however, is because the people at Facebook are very smart, and from a programmer’s stand point, this is really a complex work of art. Without diving too much into the details I can tell they spent a good amount of time adding these features, and making it so it meshes nice with the now ‘old’ Facebook. I say give it a chance. If they take it away, you will probably miss it. Later!
PS- I overlooked another new feature- the ability to support candidates in the upcoming mid-term elections. Go to “edit” next to “My Profile” and click “Election”
UPDATE: This morning, there is an Open Letter from Mark Zuckerberg apologizing for the feeds, and announcing new privacy settings.