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Facebook facelift – 5 things I like vs. 5 things I dislike

The new.facebook.com is out, and with it comes a cleaner and leaner interface that is not only more configurable, but addresses the growing needs of its of an audience that is stretching well past the niche of the college students. Here are 5 things I like, and 5 things I dislike about the upgrade based on what I see on my own Facebook page.

What I like:

5 things I like about the new facebook interface

  1. A trimmer, slimmer menu bar that now includes the search facility where it belongs, in the upper right hand corner as opposed to half-way down the screen on the left hand side.
  2. Conveniently located application tabs, with the ability to add more of your favorite Facebook apps to the tab list.
  3. Application option / navigation hyperlinks conveniently located under the conveniently located application tabs.
  4. Feed technology integrated into applications, such as the Facebook Wall.
  5. More useful profile information moved over to the left menu column.

What I dislike:

5 things I dislike about the new facebook facelift

  1.  Account Settings, Privacy Settings, and Logout all rolled into this single icon. Please at least give me a logout that’s conspicuously 1-click away.
  2. No direct route to an advanced search, not that the search feature is all that great.
  3. Why can’t I have the inbox aggregate/list in the left hand column?
  4. Can’t seem change the order of items in the left hand column, let along drag and drop them here-n-there – or even just hide the ones I don’t like.
  5. Find the ads really annoying, mostly targeted at my marital status and age versus the content I post.

I’m sure that there will be others who find other things they like or dislike, for example:

  • no support for low browser resolutions
  • little native support nor interface for mobile devices
  • missing avatar image for Deane Barker of Gadgetopia

What about you?

That said, here are 5 other things things I also think we as church and/or charity webmasters can and should consider doing based on Facebooks 5 month development effort:

  1. Continually poll the user demographics for shifts in population and/or usage – for example, the Facebook realized a lot of their Y generation students are now in the job force;
  2. Don’t be afraid to ‘borrow’ ideas from other success stories, such as Twitter and/or FriendFeed;
  3. Find ways to provide users more control of their interface, even it it’s not completely drag-n-drop;
  4. Understand the growing significance and adoption of personal portals and social network spaces;
  5.  Consider supporing your congregation – or a segment of your congregation such as the youth group – by the creation of a group and/or application specific to their needs.

We’ve been getting several excellent comments recently – keep’m coming so I don’t have to go controversial again! So what are your thoughts on all this?

Here are 5 additional articles on the topic to inspire ya:

  • NYTimes: Facebook Facelift Targets Aging Users and New Competitors
  • Facebook Keeps Growing – Still Far Behind MySpace in US – ReadWriteWeb
  • ChannelWeb – A New Face For Facebook
  • Facebook Unveils Its New Look- SkyNews
  • ReadWriteWeb (again) – Like Its Users, The New Facebook Is All Grown Up

One Comment

  1. Good review. I admit to not quite getting Facebook, although I’m participating more and getting more. I still don’t quite understand the applications.

    When I logged in last night, then, I was taken aback to find things re-arranged ’cause I’m still not quite up to speed. Imagine my further surprise when I logged on here at work on my lunch break and found myself staring at the old interface again. Is that because we’re still on IE 6? I dunno.

    (BTW – My Google toolbar spell check donesn’t work on your comment form, therefore I will not take responsibility for poor spelling in my comment. :-D I find that true of several WP sites I visit.)