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Facebook’s Facelift

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Most people don’t go under the knife until later in their lives, after aging for many years. However, at only 6 years old, Facebook is going to be receiving a facelift and will be completely revamped. This facelift is being done with the purpose to emphasize photos and portray a better reflection of self, according to this msnbc article. There will be more photos of users interests, loved ones, and of themselves.

In an interview with 60 Minutes, creator of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg states that this new Facebook allows you to see the connection you have with another person more openly, and makes for a more personal Facebook experience. However, after reading this article and noticing/experiencing several of the changes Facebook has undergone in recent weeks, I couldn’t help but wonder if it was really worth it. The old saying came to mind, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” I know for a fact that my friends and myself are always extremely annoyed every time Facebook changes its layout, which it has done several times over its six years of life. However, I think that its most recent change is its most drastic.

While I understand Facebook’s drive to remain the most popular and successful social networking website, I truly don’t believe that their status nor success is in jeopardy. It seems as if they are changing things just for the sake of changing things, which seems to me as both unnecessary and somewhat annoying. Facebook has enabled so many frienships to form and be rekindled, and by altering the system as often as they have, I think they are risking users understanding and ability to access the site. By risking this, I believe that the goal of Facebook- to form and maintain relationships- could potentially be at risk as welll.

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Written by caitlinlandsman

December 18, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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