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Not on Facebook [Mar. 16th, 2009|10:37 pm]
Douglas Spencer
I'm not going to use Facebook any more.

The changes they've made to the way the news feed works means that the site has ceased to be either useable or useful for me.

[User Picture]From: hawkida
2009-03-16 10:41 pm (UTC)
I'm intrigued - what is missing from it that you used to have?

For me it just seems to update more frequently with statuses and photographs, and the layout is slightly different. I really expected worse when people started complaining before it was applied to my account.

Does this mean it's not a useful way to invite you to stuff? That is, will you get notifications and check in occasionally or have you given up on it entirely? I've always thought the yes/no/maybe rsvp on invites was a very useful feature.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2009-03-16 10:49 pm (UTC)
It's not what's now missing -- it's what's now included. Any useful stuff is now completely lost amongst updates-from-applications, which makes the site unusable...

... and the only remedy FB make available is to remove all updates from a particular user from the feed entirely, and since I'd have to do that with too many users, I'd miss too much for the site to be useful.

Either not usable, or not useful -- or, more often, neither.

I won't get any notifications from Facebook once I've deleted/deactivated my account there. I'm keeping the account for another week or so to see if they fix the problems I've reported to them, but if they don't there's really no point in me staying on.
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[User Picture]From: cdave
2009-03-16 11:11 pm (UTC)
Could you block all the apps that cause the problems?

Or is it a stream of new ones?

I mainly use is it a photo sharing / commenting tool (and email system for friends of friends that I only have contact with because they were tagged in a photo). And event invites.

I barely look at the default wall, or stream of status updates. I think I change my status more often than I look at other peoples.
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[User Picture]From: dougs
2009-03-17 11:35 am (UTC)
I have (*checks*) 349 apps blocked at the moment, and with the new user interface it takes about three times as long to get to the block-this-application page as before. Additionally, updates from banned applications now don't disappear, they just stop new ones appearing -- so the two-pages-full of updates hang around until they're replaced.

So the new site is fundamentally broken in ways that destroy its usability and usefulness.
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[User Picture]From: stevegreen
2009-03-17 04:06 pm (UTC)
What they really need is an on/off to allow users to block all unnoficial apps.
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[User Picture]From: hawkida
2009-03-16 11:20 pm (UTC)
Really? I'm not seeing any of that... are they applications that you have added yourself? The closest I've got is a few "X took the 'what Y are you' quiz" things, which are as easy to scroll past as their equivalents on LJ. I see people joining groups, but the overwhelming majority of stuff on screen is status updates and I have loads of people added on facebook. I'm curious as to why your experience is so different to mine.
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[User Picture]From: the_mendicant
2009-03-17 02:24 pm (UTC)
Can't say I'm having a problem either, but then I'm not technical enough to know what I should be getting upset about perhaps?
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[User Picture]From: stevegreen
2009-03-17 04:05 pm (UTC)
The other day, one person on my f-list sent out queries regarding pretty much everyone he new on FB, along the lines of "Would you date ****?", "Is **** a good kisser?". The resultant flood took up at least two pages of my FB newsfeed.
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[User Picture]From: stevegreen
2009-03-17 04:09 pm (UTC)
I'm inclined to agree, very strongly inclined. It's occasionally useful for keeping in touch with certain folks, but we'd have much more satisfactory contact if they simply used LJ instead.
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