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Facebook’s new changes: more or less for users to “like?”

Facebook’s new changes: more or less for users to “like?”

Like. Chat. Groups. Pages. Places. Every day, over 800 million active users on the world’s largest social network log on to participate in these activities on their very own Facebook profiles. Since its launch in February 2004, Facebook has done nothing less than climb, or rather scamper, up the ladder of success.

Facebook is always changing. Some additions, such as the Chat and signature “Like” features in 2009, have been more beneficial than others.  But now, new—and seemingly unnecessary—changes have been met with complaints from a large number of Facebook’s active participants.

Since the recent changes, users “News Feeds [have been] popping with not-so-gentle complaints,” according to CNN on Sept 21.

“We’ve worked hard to build controls that we think will be better for you,” Mark Zuckerburg, CEO of Facebook, said in a public letter in regards to new and coming changes in late 2009. “But we also understand that everyone’s needs are different.”

Since Facebook is the biggest social networking site in the world, it has competition to stay on top. Sites such as GooglePlus and Twitter are slowly gaining popularity, so it’s no wonder Facebook strives to stay up-to-date with multiple changes.

Sure, I love a change every once in a while, but lately, Facebook has been changing way too often for me. Facebook has always been fairly easy to navigate, but in recent days, simple tasks such as viewing photos and accessing the News Feed on my iPhone have become more difficult. Most of these things have become more difficult for users because of the updated looks and layouts of Facebook. I’m glad no drastic changes have gone underway yet, but I don’t doubt that bigger changes will arrive in the future.

If you ask me, some of the new additions on Facebook seem to be updates on old features. With the “Ticker,” “Timeline,” and “Subscribe” button, I just think Facebook might be repeating itself. I mean, the Ticker and the Timeline are basically just simplified versions of the News Feed. As a Facebook fan, I hope that those features yet to come are a little more original and more innovative than the recent ones added.

Everyone’s needs and reasons for using Facebook are unique, and it is still very useable and fun. Unfortunately, many people do not like some the new improvements, and sometimes I am one of those people. One of the jobs Facebook developers and creators have is to observe user activities to help develop new additions to the site. They work hard to keep users happy and intrigued with new designs and ideas, but sometimes, I think it’s best to keep the traditional Facebook.

Do you like the new changes on Facebook?

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Emily McDonald, Copy Editor
While she is known as crazy, talented and certainly enthusiastic, Emily McDonald, senior, is a well-rounded person who is preparing for college. Among her top picks Montana State University or Oregon State University are the two front runners in checking out colleges.  

“I would probably get distracted in Montana because of all the things there is to do there, so my second choice would be Oregon State,” McDonald said.

Captain of the the Girls Varsity Ski Team, McDonald enjoys other out of school activities such as long boarding, horseback riding and writing her own music.  She was dubbed with the nickname Taylor because she writes songs like Taylor Swift, who is one of her favorite music artists. Thinking of the future, McDonald in interested in many careers; she is motivated about the possibility of becoming a ski resort manager or perhaps an emergency room nurse. This is a very large contrast from her first idea of becoming a stunt double. McDonald is interested in extreme activities; it would be a job where she would get to come to work and do what she loves.

McDonald has a passion for writing. She chooses to be on Amplifier  staff because of the people that surround her, and because she is able to get involved with many different activities around the school.

McDonald is on the path to her careers and future, she is known for her enthusiasm and will take that wherever she goes.
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