Thursday, May 13, 2010

What I miss About the Old Facebook

Recently I've seen many blog posts, news articles, and videos about Facebook enraging people with their recent privacy changes. This is situation is a catch 22 because this free networking tool has to somehow make money. Their solution is to offer marketers profile information of a Facebook user to help with their future marketing plans. Although this was a very round about way of explaining the situation, the main thing to gain from this issue is as a Facebook user your privacy you worked to hard to keep within your network is obsolete.

Because of this recent issue, I've decided to look back and list the things I miss that have since been changed about Facebook.

What I miss About the Old Facebook:
  • When I originally registered for an account with my college address the only people who could see my updates, wall, profile, and posts were my college friends.
  • When I decided to extend my network those people that I friend-ed were able to see what I was doing, post on my wall, and share photos with me.
  • The ability to drag and drop things in my profile, customize it any way that I wanted, and not have everything tabulated. Applications are now lost on me.
  • The assurance that posting a photo album on my profile was only seen by my friends, I didn't have to go through the settings feature of the album so just my friends could see the album.
  • The opportunity to chat with a friend and not have to worry whether or not someone else could read everything I privately chatted about.
  • The option to go onto someone's profile and see what they were up to and not be told 24/7 what that person is up to in a stream that sometimes doesn't make sense who I'm friends with or not.
  • The lack of creepy ads. I'm sorry but I'm sick of you knowing everything about me and suggesting that I should take a Yoga class with people I don't know.
  • And last but not least, my personal freedom to do what I want on Facebook without getting a recommendation or suggestion. If I want to talk to someone I will, I don't need a suggestion of who I should talk to.
To conclude, please give me my information back and my social freedom to connect with who I want and do what I want. I'm happy to pay you $1 so you don't share my information.

Tell me what are some things you miss about the Old Facebook? If they went back to the way they were would you keep your profile?

2 comments:

melissa said...

You're making me nostalgic! Especially for #1... I was so smug when Bentley became one of the school's that was given PERMISSION to sign up for Facebook. Gave it a unique sense of "cozy community."

Welcome to Random Babblings & Stuff ! said...

Melissa,

I felt nostalgic writing this... I do miss the cozy comforting feeling of how Facebook used to be. Will you leave it?

Thanks for commenting!
~ Alexis