Facebook users have been known to greet the site’s latest features with a good amount of push-back and controversy. The social networking site’s founder Mark Zuckerberg told the e-G8 Forum that while users are skeptical of new changes at first, they tend to change their minds over time.
“We’ll roll it out, and pretty often there’ll be this backlash, and people will say, okay, we don’t like this new thing,” said Zuckerberg. “It’s I think a real anxiety. People were really afraid of more people being able to be involved in the social network.”
Taking a look back in time, 1 million Facebook users (or 10 percent of the Facebook user base in 2006) were against the site’s news feed service.
“People thought that, you know, it was just too much, right, they wanted to share stuff on the site but they didn’t want it to be so much in people’s face,” said Zuckerberg. “You know now it’s just part of the site that I think most people in a way would be like ‘What’s going on? How can there be Facebook without this?'”
I can attest to Zuckerberg’s statement because when you think about, the news feed has become an integral part of the Facebook experience. It’s the first screen you see when you log into your home page and it has also been heavily integrated on a wide variety of today’s smartphones. Contact lists are no longer names you fill into your mobile device but rather the list of friends you have on your Facebook account. The fact that cell phone developers have placed this “buddy list” feature into our devices is a testament as to how significant the news feed has become over the years.
I can’t wait to see the next big thing Facebook will kick out. Be sure to give it a fair chance before you cast it off with complaints.