No, I am not talking about Google Buzz. Nor another “Facebook Killer” that will appear anytime soon. Truth is, the only Facebook Killer is Facebook itself. The mainstream social networking website is so big that at this point, the only way for it to die is by committing suicide and right now, … The tanto is already drawn and the Hara Kiri isn’t far.
I am bored with Facebook and all the blog posts about how Facebook is slowly becoming MySpace are true. Facebook became dull for the very same reason it was exciting:
because of its News Feed.
Lately, I do not get the right news from my News Feed anymore. I don’t know what it is in its algorithm but I just keep getting news from people that I don’t care much about and the people that I do care about, well they can’t seem to crack into my feed. Don’t come and talk to me about the “hide” function. I might not care much for a certain person but that does not mean that I want to shut that person away completely. There is also another function that allows you to get more news from certain people… guess what, that does not work either.
The reason for this problem is because Facebook is no longer about Friends but about acquaintances. That is not necessarily a problem. The problem is in the vomit of impertinent information. What I liked most about Facebook was the ability to view pictures of my friends and acquaintances and of course the small window in their life once in a while. I don’t know what happened but pictures are almost devoid from my News Feed now. In fact, I get more news about Mafia Wars than photos. I already hid all the applications in my feed, yet the information I get is still boring.
Facebook needs to step up the editing of their News Feed or people will drop it for another service that can deliver the news from their social network more efficiently. The interesting thing is that Facebook was recently granted a patent for its News Feed. It will be interesting to see if that means Facebook will become lazy and stop innovating or it will keep improving it. The strength of Google is also the weakness of Facebook. Google’s popularity is directly linked to its ability to return relevant information as opposed to the other search engines at the time.
Facebook needs to do the same.
Facebook needs to return relevant information in its News Feed. Either by providing better control to their users or by doing a better job at tracking the activities of their users. If it doesn’t…
What do you think? Are you bored with Facebook too?
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