Facebook changes News Feed; music up next

Bad news for those with ears and friends with poor taste in music.

Bad news for those with ears and friends with poor taste in music.

The only Facebook constant is change, and user criticism when those changes occur.

Wednesday morning, millions of social media users awoke to a new “News Feed,” and they didn’t like it.

The News Feed, which tells users what their friends are up to, now put the “most interesting” posts at the top.

Commenting on the Facebook Blog, user Brandi Genest Weeks said: “Quite frankly I don’t want Facebook deciding who is most important in my life. I want my news feed to just go chronologically and if I want to hide posts from someone, I will.”

Jennifer Egan Siler writes: “Give us the option to turn this stuff OFF, it’s terrible and makes me want to leave facebook altogether.”

Joi D Cristofori was more direct and even used all caps to make her point: “”SUCKS. IF IT ISN’T BROKE DON’T FIX IT. THIS IS THE MOST GOD AWFUL THING EVER. YOU JUST TURNED ME INTO A HATER AND THAT IN ITSELF IS A SIN, JERK.”

Still, more than 1,300 “liked” the changes before I hit publish on this prize-winning piece of modern journalism.

Facebook says the new News Feed acts like a newspaper, which I happen to know are hugely popular with the Facebook demographic.

“When you pick up a newspaper after not reading it for a week, the front page quickly clues you into the most interesting stories. In the past, News Feed hasn’t worked like that. Updates slide down in chronological order so it’s tough to zero in on what matters most,” explains Mark Tonkelowitz, an engineering manager at Facebook in a CBS article.

“Now, News Feed will act more like your own personal newspaper. You won’t have to worry about missing important stuff.”

A new feature, dubbed “Ticker” will soon be unveiled. It will track friends’ posts in “real time,” which sounds a lot like the old News Feed. (My account already seems to have it in the upper-right rail.)

Those who like the old News Feed can change their Facebook preferences to “English (UK),” say some.

Facebook fans should brace for more changes. Thursday, developers are expected to announce a host of upcoming tweaks, including a more musical experience.

Mashable reports Facebook will integrate musical services from Spotify and other content providers in the near future. Facebook will not directly host or stream any music or media. Instead, it will rely on partners to provide the content, much like it does with applications and games.

Facebook recently made it possible to demote annoying friends to “acquaintance” status, which seems to mimic Google+’s “Circles” feature.

94 comments Add your comment

timbo

September 21st, 2011
9:51 am

jo

September 21st, 2011
9:51 am

Does the AJC have any editors which actually proof these articles?

Deirdre

September 21st, 2011
9:54 am

Kinda Big Brother-esque(and I don’t mean the tv show) Why is it Facebook’s job to decide what I think is “most important” and how do I know something one of my “acquaintances” posts is important unless I can see it right away instead of searching for it?

I’m starting to believe everything The Social Network told me about Zuckerberg’s ego.

San

September 21st, 2011
9:54 am

San

September 21st, 2011
9:54 am

Glenda

September 21st, 2011
9:56 am

I can’t stand the new Facebook changes. I say let the users decide how they want their News Feed to be listed, not Facebook. I liked the old way. As the old saying goes, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

George Mathis

September 21st, 2011
9:57 am

Jo – Blogs are not edited like typical news stories, but if you tell me what is so grammatically offensive (and you are correct), I will happily fix it.

Hindu Elvis Pimp

September 21st, 2011
9:59 am

I STILL USE MY SPACE! I LIKE ALL THE GLITTERING STUFF U CAN ADD!

Winger

September 21st, 2011
10:01 am

Google+ is looking better all the time.

Hindu Elvis Pimp

September 21st, 2011
10:03 am

OH YEAH, I FORGOT

LOL!

Billie

September 21st, 2011
10:04 am

George Mathis: Finally, someone willing to fix grammar errors! Oh, BTW: news stories on the AJC are not edited, either. And when you email them pointing the errors out, you get no response.

Mike L.

September 21st, 2011
10:07 am

It’s free to use. They can do what they want.

bryan

September 21st, 2011
10:09 am

“It will friends’ posts in “real time,” which sounds a lot like the old News Feed.”

What?

loves the paper, hate the newsfeed

September 21st, 2011
10:12 am

The one thing I have always hated about website news is that you miss half the news you want to see. Many times I go looking for articles that are in the paper AJ-C and they are not on the AJ-C’s own website. Searching for what you want on the Internet takes more time than opening a newspaper or a book or even searching a library card catalog. Now, my Facebook “newsfeed” just wants me to give more of my time while I search for what I think is most important.

Mila

September 21st, 2011
10:13 am

I don’t like the creeper box to the right. I am seeing statuses/photos/links that my friends are commenting on of people that are not “mutual friends”. Does this mean if my friends comment on my stuff…that their friends (who aren’t my friends) can see it too? I have everything marked as private…but, surely other people do too! Why am I seeing EVERYthing EVERYone comments on?! Talk about stalkerish and creepy. I don’t think I’ll comment on anything ever again.

Amanda Zarovsky

September 21st, 2011
10:23 am

When Facebook moves to Atlanta, I would love to get a job with them and show them how to REALLY manage their site. You don’t change something over and over forcing people to hate it. You listen to the people, what they want, and consider every option before doing something on your own. Clearly no one asked for this very confusing layout. And the friend’s activity on the right only takes up too much room. In games, I can’t even see my friends chat messages to me. Get rid of this crap, go back to the way it used to be in 2009 before Facebook got bored.

Clare Cosgrove

September 21st, 2011
10:28 am

http://www.facebook.com/groups/wewanttheoldprofileback/

WE WANT THE OLD PROFILE BACK NOW GROUP!!!!

I want private to be private,I don’t want to know everytime my friends post or what they like or how many times they pick their nose …I really don’t!!

CL

September 21st, 2011
10:30 am

I think Jo is talking about this:
“It will friends’ posts in “real time,” which sounds a lot like the old News Feed.”

Choices

September 21st, 2011
10:32 am

Such an outcry! Attention morons……don’t use it.

Bambam

September 21st, 2011
10:36 am

Looks like my time on Facebook is about to run out. Were there complaints from FB users about the newsfeed ? Was anyone polled to see what changes might be warranted ? I agree the site is free but if no complaints were received from users why tinker with something that obviously was working ?

Penny Bee

September 21st, 2011
10:42 am

Dear Facebook:

You need to know that I’m interested in ALL my friends’ posts (well, most of them), and don’t need you to weed them out for me. Really, you’re trying too hard. We like you, we really do. But if you keep on fixin’ things that don’t need fixin’, well, it ticks people off.

Sincerely,

Penny Bee

Jed

September 21st, 2011
10:46 am

@Jo …

… editors “who” actually proof these articles …

?

September 21st, 2011
10:47 am

What is “Facebook”?

CE

September 21st, 2011
10:47 am

Oh no! I may miss someone I went to High School with but I never talked to’s status update of what they ate for lunch!!!

Chicken

September 21st, 2011
10:52 am

First world problems

ATL's Own

September 21st, 2011
10:53 am

I logged on and stayed on 5 min. insted of usually 20 min. this morning. Hated the changes and seriously thinking about shutting my page down. I agree with the earlier poster, “If it ain’t broke, why fix it”???

You get what you "pay" for

September 21st, 2011
11:03 am

Sorry, I have no sympathy for Facebook users. You folks blindly submit to such a platform of garbage in the mirage of being “social” and “connected”.

Give me a break!

Joann

September 21st, 2011
11:05 am

George: Here’s the grammar error – “It will friends’ posts in “real time…”

Dawn

September 21st, 2011
11:05 am

Maybe I don’t want every word I type on facebook to be shared 24/7!! To put this less than grammatically….this sucks!!

Nancy

September 21st, 2011
11:11 am

Do NOT like the new FB. Nothing was wrong with the other way. Change it back or give us the option to change to the new format.

dre

September 21st, 2011
11:12 am

You get what you “pay” for – you took the words out of my mouth, thanks. Don’t like Facebook? Don’t use it!!

Not Disappointed!

September 21st, 2011
11:14 am

I thank Google Plus is the way! I’m tired of playing with facebook and their crap!

deb

September 21st, 2011
11:15 am

you mention 1,300 people have hit the like button but you didn’t quantify the more than 23,000 people who have written a comment saying they hate the changes.

Hell-Bent

September 21st, 2011
11:17 am

If this is the only thing you have to get upset about and completely lose your mind over, perhaps it’s time to re-evaluate your lives. Seriously, people! I’m sure that Troy Davis could really give a rat’s a$$ about the changes to FB. Also, there’s people starving on the streets. Use that time and energy you’re wasting on all this and get out and do something!

Tom B

September 21st, 2011
11:18 am

timbo

September 21st, 2011
9:51 am

Google+

+1

Km Koesler

September 21st, 2011
11:25 am

Well, it did motivate me to sign up for Google+. If I have to re-learn a format and all the bells and whistles, might as well be by MY CHOICE rather than someone else’s.

Dirty South TV

September 21st, 2011
11:27 am

It’s funny, we have a free community, we’re ALL about music, we don’t make changes out of the blue and force people to use them–we ask if people would be interested first. I wish we could get 1% of their members. We would show the World how strong Atlanta as a City really can be.
Facebook’s temporary fix was only working before that time zone hit–now it doesn’t work anymore.

For now-Google Circles I guess?

DirtySouthTV.com

gttim

September 21st, 2011
11:27 am

I may not like the new FB News Feed, but I really dislike annoying, self-righteous, grammar Nazis.

EYES

September 21st, 2011
11:27 am

HATE IT!!!!!!!!!

Michael

September 21st, 2011
11:28 am

I’m going to start my own competing social networking site and give it away for free. Oh yeah, I’M NOT A BRILLIANT BILLIONAIRE!

cbgb

September 21st, 2011
11:31 am

I’m about one strike away now from leaving the wonder of FB behind for good. Twitter is really all the social media I require. If that.

Uncle Joe

September 21st, 2011
11:34 am

The pity is that this “news” is important to anyone. I prefer my social networking to be face-to-face. (or at least phone-to-phone). This reminds me of the kind of mentality that would lead to a scenario like that portrayed in the movie “Surrogates”. Since when to we need some company to manage our social life over a computer?

Rob

September 21st, 2011
11:34 am

I like Dre’s suggestion, if you don’t like it, log off and don’t use it. Facebook is not a given right that you get to choose what goes on and how it appears. I am sure if/when Google or Yahoo comes out with a version, that they will make changes that will not appeal to all people. When a car company changes a model, if you don’t like it, you don’t buy it. Very simple.

ATL BRAVE

September 21st, 2011
11:35 am

I came to the very hard decision of deleting my entire FB account about a month ago! By the way you will learn that even that can’t be done as easily as you would think. It actually takes 2 WEEKS for your account to be 100% disabled!!! FB has become way to childish and you can either resist the changes and make every little attempt to privatize your page and hide it from everybody OR you can just dump FB and find something else to do and not worry about the people you stopped caring about 10 years ago and how their day to day lives are sooo great and wonderful! Myspace went away FAST because of the 2 million options they created to compete with FB and now FB is changing to compete with Google + who will start to steal some of their share. Note to FB if people want music they will find it some place else. If they wanted to read a newspaper they will go read a newspaper, however, you cannot try to control how people should be entertained. Your overall base format of people meeting and interacting was golden but soon they are going to be offering classes in college on how to use FB…

Atlanta87

September 21st, 2011
11:36 am

Who the F cares? Get a life!

godoggo

September 21st, 2011
11:41 am

I never have joined this “cult”….much to the chagrin of many friends….or comrades (ooops, was that a Freudian slip?)….Anyhoo, can you imagine the amount of hours we’d have left in our day to spend actual time with our friends ? with our kids ? doing something constructive ?….instead of disappearing into a room for hours on end looking at what other people are doing. Hey, here’s a idea…..volunteer, or help out in a foodbank ?

I understand we all need our egos massaged at times, but there should be limits on time that you can spend time “mind melding” with others……And trust me, if you don’t believe there will not be an offshoot in the future of a “facebook for kids” your delusional…..Again “the most secure site ever”, then we’ll hear about predator attacks….of course, the “small print” in the facebook page will “release them FROM ANY AND ALL association or liability. Just wait.

Facebook luuuuuuuuuuures you in, gets you addicted, then changes the drug, and small print (DETAILS). Some of the smartest humans i know (Rocket Scientist), were gungho in the beginning of facebook, and now are looking for ways to bail….but many have their businesses TIED to it.

Facebook will end up with Alpha ++ personalities, and Narcissism running amuck.

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Kevvvin

September 21st, 2011
11:46 am

Google + it is the way to go. You dont get all the Farmville crap

godoggo

September 21st, 2011
11:47 am

BEST Comment i have read in a LONG time Uncle Joe (below)

Uncle Joe / September 21st, 2011 / 11:34 am

“Since when do we need some company to manage our social life over a computer ?”

Excellent Joe ~

MrMan

September 21st, 2011
11:50 am

Just wondering why so many comments pointing to the edits needed and still no change…

Silks

September 21st, 2011
11:53 am

I do NOT want to know what others are doing on FACEBOOK while I am there NOR do I care for anyone to know my every move. May be time to slowly eliminate FaceBook from my ‘Things to do’ List. Too much TOO Quick……………..