Opinion: The new face for Facebook

Seth Cohen

Seth Cohen

Seth Cohen is a senior magazine journalism major. Contact him at [email protected].

After classes, my daily routine is to get lunch and go to the library. Typically, this is what I like to call my time of freedom from my busy schedule of classes. During my freedom time, I check my Facebook, as I’m sure many of you do, to see what’s new. One day, I was checking my Facebook when, not five minutes later, it started to look a lot different and I said to myself, “what the hell is this?”

For the less-informed, Facebook tends to change once, if not twice, every year for business purposes. It’s now competing with Google+ and other social networks to see who’s checking out whom. Though the question I’ve heard about Facebook is this: Is this a good change, or a bad change?

From experience, when Facebook changes, we all want the original look back. “Original,” a word seemingly vague in the social network’s history, but after a while, let’s say a day or two, we don’t care anymore. At least I don’t.

Facebook Inc. CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled the new features at the F8 developers’ conference in San Francisco Thursday, announcing the new look to feature new ways for members to share music, movies, TV shows and activities such as cooking, traveling and for the lack of a better word, procrastination.

As of now, according to the Google+ web site, its membership has grown to 29 million since the end of July, but Facebook is still much, much bigger, so Google+ still has some competing to do.

“We’re taking the next step,” Zuckerberg said to AP reporters. “We’re going to make it so that you can connect to anything you want in any way you want.”

To make things more interesting, Jon Swartz of USA Today wrote how Zuckerberg announced deals with content partners ranging from online music services such as Spotify and Rdio, to the websites I thank for not owning a TV, such as Hulu and Netflix.

During the F8 conference, Zuckerberg told developers his ultimate goal is to have users stay on Facebook where everything we, as a people, need can all be in one place.

Some people, however, find the new changes to be a slap in the face, or a rip-off of Twitter.

David Carroll, associate professor of media designs at Parson’s The New School for Design in New York City, gave some constructive feedback to the Associated Press for those who dislike Facebook’s changes.

“The responses to the new design changes today are mostly just complete disgust,” Carroll said. “Or comments reminding people that it’s a free service and no one is obliged to use and it’s a private company, so they have every right to change it, I find it a bit absurd to complain about it.”

As a big Facebook user myself, I find this interesting, yet I’m filled with apathy because as long as Facebook is still around, no complaints will come from me, but I’d like to know what Kent State has to say about it. So I ask, what’s your take on the new Facebook?