Facebook – love it or hate it, it’s not going anywhere… recently I’ve seen changes there which, it looks like their smart ex google and friendfeed teams ideas have been implemented, pop ups on hovering over names, better layout on the notifications, more use of our avatars, liking individual comments, among a few other updates they’ve added.
It’s changing and most likely still growing.
Is it all good or bad, for who?
I have come close to closing it a few times!
Constant improvements help to fend that off. 😉
Facebook’s home sweet home
Facebook’s home page is the most important one, for them and us, for us, it’s the one we should want to spend the time on, seeing everything in one neat stream means we spend less time clicking out, meaning more time doing something, IE adding to facebook.
It’s also where they can spend most of their time building more “usefulness” and having one main stream page to concentrate on is going to mean improvements can be tested quicker and implemented often, small changes would be tracked easily, if good, go, if not, drop it, over a year you would see alot more change.
If they had to keep altering and updating every page and whatnot, it would be less worthy, all efforts on one streamed page is better.
Facebook have the right team (created gmail and freindfeed) to make that platform and home page work and work well.
Facebook is a platform, nothing more, nothing less, a platform for “user generated content” … that is, YOU create the content which gives the place it’s value, without you, facebook is nothing, hence they will never charge anyone, to much to lose!
They are simply making it easier and better for you to do just that, create more value for them, and freely, easily.
Which is why…
Facebook has improved it’s home page alot, think back to two years ago if you used it then, so many clicks had to be made to find anything, all the stupid notifications, having to click through to profiles, endless… and now, you can do almost everything from the home page, don’t hear any moaning now, I would love facebook to switch a few 1000 of those who moaned back to the old crappy one for a week!! 😆
That would stop future petty moaning!
Facebook’s still a closed garden
Yes, as we know, most of us have it set to private for real friends and family, understandable really when you consider that’s why they joined, most people don’t have other profiles on other social sites, just using facebook itself… which is why most were angered when the owners tried to underhandedly make privacy changes.
Their issue is they want more of it open, they want it all searchable on main search engines like Google too, the people don’t, most of them, so they kept their settings private.
Will this change? No idea… depends on them, you, Google too. 😉
Facebook’s reaching out in different ways
Which is one reason I added the “like” button as you see below each post here, I have mixed feelings about it though, not all straightforward either! 😉
See, the fact my profile is closed on facebook, like many of yours, means Google and search engines don’t pick up links and such from them, unless it’s set to “everyone” they won’t.
This leaves a dilemma for many in that we need to know how to spread what we do within a closed facebook if we can’t get it to do so outside facebook, therefore facebook is using other methods like the “like” and “share” buttons you see, this allows the search engines to know something about it, by being on sites and blogs themselves.
You click the Like button below, thankfully you don’t leave this blog (else it wouldn’t be there!) and the link with the title goes to your facebook profile saying you liked it, you are helping me too. 😀 Try it… 😉
This also allows us bloggers to get a link and potential eyeballs on closed profile sites, without you doing anything but click… like! 🙂
But it also allows us a little something else, personal recommendation, from a friend… a more powerful promotion you couldn’t get! 😀
Another is the way in which facebook allows us to also choose the setting on the share links when we share anything on facebook, often I will choose “everyone” when sharing a post from here, or other, and this should show to everyone… and the search engines.
So, what do you think of of facebook lately?
Doing my bit, are you doing yours? 😀 – – – – ¬