Remember the good 'ol days when you would virtually poke someone, hug him or if you were feeling sassy, send him a kiss? Well when users started sending Facebook execs virtual Molotov cocktails, it was time to throw in the towel. The virtual outrage and rioting finally came to a head and Facebook quietly raised its white flag of surrender.
In an attempt to keep ahead of the curve (and especially Twitter), Facebook managed to anger a large majority of its users with its new redesign. After a failed attempt to purchase Twitter for $500 million, CEO Mark Zuckerberg decided to just play copycat and make Facebook more “real-time”.
They say, in retrospect, that vision is 20/20. Well, Zuckerberg must have finally seen the light after a multitude of users joined groups and protested the new design. And who could blame them? It seems as though whenever users finally reprogram themselves to Facebook, the site is redesigned yet again. Apparently, these users had enough.
The redesign was clunky, cluttered and annoying on top of it all. Photos and “friend updates” (short posts by users) would disappear, already-annoying apps would spam its users and events and group updates would be impossible to find.
Facebook Product Director Chris Cox highlighted all of these problems in the surrender-blog making them sound like improvements that Facebook was fixing out of courtesy—because they always listen to user-feedback, duh.
Whether or not Facebook intentionally laid down its arms during a national diversion (President Obama’s prime time spot) is to be debated but, at least Facebook somehow found a way out of the redesign. Cowardly, maybe, but it seems as though Zuckerberg might be a little bit paranoid, maybe?
According Gawker.com writer Owen Thomas, Zuckerberg recently sent an email to employees, arguing that listening to users would help companies like Twitter and Facebook would be “disrupted”. (What does that even mean, anyway?) Well nice work, dude, you did a pretty good job “disrupting” Facebook on your own.
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