Facebook’s Recent Changes: Mistaken Identity?


Most of you who use Facebook will know what I’m talking about when I say, “What happened to Facebook”?

This past week, Facebook has made some significant changes not only to the homepage, but to most of the site. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, check out Peter X. Deng’s (Facebook engineer) recent blog post on Facebook.

These changes aren’t just cosmetic layout changes either, but some things like the “What are you doing now” bar, changing profile pictures, etc have had their functionality changed quite substantially. One such change in particular caught my eye and that is the old “What are you doing now” bar. This used to be a quick little text area that let you put how you felt in for all to see, and it still is that (kinda).

If you’re familiar with the online service twitter you’ll see where I’m getting at here. The new Facebook status bar is very much like the concept behind twitter. Twitter gives you the ability to quickly share with your friends and family what you’re currently doing, what you’re feeling, where you currently are, what you’re eating (the list goes on).

It looks too much like Facebook trying to ‘steal’ the concept behind twitter for their own use, but adapting it just enough to be slightly different. Twitter lets you share videos, links, photos, etc all via the little “status” bar. Now amazingly, Facebook lets you do exactly the same thing.

C’mon Facebook, what are you doing? You got popular to begin with because you were so different from anything else out there…don’t steal ideas from others and make them your own…we all know what happens to companies who do that (Microsoft…).

Here’s a great YouTube clip from SomeGreyBloke on what Facebook used to be.

Let me know what you think guys!

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