But instead of writing last night, I decided to watch my DVR recording of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. It seemed like the best decision at the time!
Fast forward to this morning: I get online this to start writing and what do I find? The entire Facebook landscape has changed overnight. And people are freaking out (duh). And “Subscribes” are the least of their worries.
So after some more thinking (but only 4 hours because I don’t want this post to become completely irrelevant) I’m standing by the opinion I would have given you last night if not for my addiction to trashy reality TV with a few minor tweaks. Facebook’s
subscriptions new updates won’t help them beat Google+. And here’s why:
– My main qualm with the latest updates is that they are doing too much, too fast. And they are just trying to become G+, instead of trying to be themselves, but better.
I don’t want to figure out who subscribe to. I’ve already spent time figuring out who to “follow” on Twitter. And who to “add to circles” on G+. Friending someone or “Liking” a brand has been enough for me. And I don’t want to rate the importance of my friends’ updates, either (Gmail “important” filter much?). Social media has already become overwhelming to people. These changes are just adding to the clutter. And now Facebook is more like Twitter. Is that what anyone wanted? It’s not what I had in mind.
– And lastly, the changes don’t focus on what their users wanted.
I wanted was a way to organize my friends more into groups that I could consume information from quickly and easily. In this day in age, I have actual friends, frenemies, coworkers, parents, grandparents, cousins, bosses and crazy ex-boyfriend stalkers all on Facebook. I don’t want all those groups to see everything I post.
Facebook did address this with the creation of “Lists.” I would have liked to have seen this rolled out first. And alone. Now I can look at my top friends, favorite brands, fashion blogs, and social media experts without getting lost in a bunch of cruddy other content.
Everything else is just “meh” to me. But check back in two months. I’m sure I’ll be singing Facebook’s praises.