Many Facebook users are not happy about the changes the social media giant put into place recently.
Facebook is known for implementing frequent changes without giving warning to its users. The new changes feature elements from both of Facebook’s main competitors, Google+ and Twitter.
To compete with Twitter, Facebook added a real-time update box. This allows users to see what their friends are posting the second they post it and can be found in the upper right-hand corner of the home page.
Many have complained the ticker clutters the home page and just makes things chaotic.
“I just think it’s too much,” freshman art history major Peyton Frank said. “I don’t really like to put myself out on Facebook or any other social network sites that much.”
If given the choice, Frank said she would go back to Facebook’s previous layout.
According to an article by the Washington Post, a joke has been circulating around Facebook that says, “I heard you like Facebook, so we put a Facebook in the upper right of your Facebook so you can Facebook while you Facebook.”
Facebook has also increased its posting length, a move to compete with Google+.
Another new feature allows a person to subscribe to news feeds without friending that person, something both Google+ and Twitter already allow.
Some users, like freshman criminal justice major Andrew Price, are used to the constant changes to the site.
“It’s always kind of irritating when they change it, but they change it so you should get used to it,” Price said.
For those out there who wish to resist the new changes, third-party apps like F.B. Purity can help.
According to its website, F.B. Purity is a downloadable browser extension that removes spam and other unwanted features from users’ Facebook accounts. It is free and can even eliminate Facebook’s recent changes. To download F.B. Purity, visit www.fbpurity.com.
The changes don’t stop there. Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, unveiled even more changes set to take place over the next few weeks at the company’s annual f8 conference Thursday.
According to an article by USA Today, the newest update is a profile interface known as Timeline. Timeline will allow users to share multimedia in real-time and allow them to play games at the same time.
Facebook’s frequent updates don’t surprise or bother freshman computer science major Zach Sherrard.
“I really don’t have an opinion on it because [Facebook] changes it up every four months,” Sherrard said. “It really just seems like them changing it up again rather than a gigantic, life-changing experience.”
Timeline is already available to some users, and will become available to all users over the next few weeks.