On Eve of Site Redesign, Facebook Users Protest

On the eve of Facebook’s launch of its redesigned site this week, a vocal minority of users are protesting the change, and are threatening leaving the site out of disgust.

Since announcing the final migration date last week, membership in the Facebook group Petition Against the “New Facebook” has skyrocketed to over 400,000 members as of 3pm PT Saturday, and hundreds of comments have been left on this blog since we reported the news.

Why are some users so upset? Most users complaining about the changes say it is too hard to navigate. One user writes,

this new facebook sucks. seriously. it’s too hard to maneuver, very very ugly, takes up way too much space on the screen, and it slows computers down. you don’t need to fix what wasn’t broken, fb.

Facebook has stated all along throughout the redesign process that its intention was to reduce application clutter and make the feed more prominent. Posting a FAQ in the Facebook Blog this week, Facebook’s Mark Slee reiterated those reasons. Nevertheless, many users don’t see the same problems with the old design that Facebook does.

Protesting site changes isn’t new to Facebook users. When Facebook launched the News Feed two years ago this week, over 750,000 users joined the Students Against Facebook News Feed group.

Since that time, users have grown to love the News Feed and the value it provides by voting with their feet: Facebook has grown from 15 million active users in September 2006 to over 100 million active users in September 2008.

Will the same thing happen with the upcoming final Facebook profile redesign? Facebook, which has extensively tested the redesign with thousands of users, definitely hopes and believes that it will.

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48 Responses to “On Eve of Site Redesign, Facebook Users Protest”

  1. Eros says:

    I think what Facebook should do is, move to new facebook and add a notice in the new feed page saying ‘You can move back to old facebook’. Then keep add new options, update new facebook and left old facebook as is it now. Peoples will ultimately move to the new facebook after sometime.

    Facebook in a situation like Microsoft facing with XP & Vista.. LOL

  2. CAF says:

    I’m going to miss the old layout.

  3. Jenine Tepsa says:

    I hate the new Facebook. I willl not use the new Facebook.

  4. Andrea says:

    Minority? Are you kidding? I think I’ve met maybe ten people who actually like the new facebook. That sounds more like a minority than the hundreds of thousands of people who dislike it.

  5. Jenine Tepsa says:

    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=21225988060
    see this other group that’s against the new Facebook.

  6. Mark says:

    Group Numbers:

    “I Hate the New Facebook” : 362,631 members

    “Petition Against the “New Facebook”" : 448,008 members

    “People against the New Facebook System” : 150,258 members

    “Petition to Keep Old Facebook an Option” : 11,773 members

    “I Hate The New Facebook” : 7,909 members

    Even taking into account that many of these users probably joined all of these groups at the same time, that’s well over the estimation of “400,000″.

    When taking into account that several users of Facebook (a grand majority, most probably) aren’t that active in Facebook, out of nearly 15 million or so members, the actual number of users that are genuinely active, or genuinely interested in Facebook, or genuinely use it for social purposes now that they are in college or high school, so as to keep in touch with friends and family, is probably at least a million to two million.

    We also have to consider that in many cases, the surge of new users on Facebook is due to fads and because “everyone’s doing it”. I myself have added many friends that only joined “for the lulz”, and don’t bother to be active in their accounts. For instance, my friend’s list has about 300 people in it. Out of those 300, I can only expect to see an average of 20 to 40 online at any given time. And these are always the same people.

    What do all these figures mean?

    “a vocal minority of users” is laughable. Many of my friends on Facebook that also believe the New Facebook to be terrible are unaware of the groups involved that are against it. If we were to have ALL of those users that do not wish to use the new facebook due to it’s inefficiency and all-out messiness, then the “vocal minority of users” would soon grow to be the majority, and not just a majority of users in general, but a majority of users on facebook that actually USE IT.

    The amount of user profile suicides tomorrow is going to be catastrophic. Not real life suicide… if one is attached to Facebook that much then they would probably require psychiatric evaluement. I mean profile suicide.

    And then, we’d all go back to using AIM, MSN, IRC, and Email.

  7. elizabeth says:

    Considering, the one group with now 450,000+ members in it, is growing at a rate of hundreds per minute and well as being many different groups with 100,000+ members, I think thats saying that a good majority of people dont like the new facebook, especially the ones who are on it everyday.

  8. Sea says:

    There should be an option to keep the old facebook. The new facebook is cluttered and too confusing to navigate. There are infinetly more people against the new facebook then people who enjoy it.

  9. Mark says:

    I need to correct a slight error I made in calculation. If, per say, the ratio of “Users that actually use facebook/users that join for fads, because its mandatory, because everyone’s doing it, join but don’t add much to it, etc.” were to be corrected to 100 million from 15 million, then this would mean that a ballpark estimate of 13 million or so users out of all the users in Facebook genuinely use facebook to its full capacity.

    And once again, considering the widespread hate of the New Facebook on Facebook, my theory still stands: The minority is the majority.

    On another note: The News Feed was more of a minor annoyance, since anyone can choose to hide it anyway. This new update is far more site-shattering because it literally breaks the site and gives us a newer, buggier, significantly more confusing and bogus to use than the old one.

    Good luck everyone.

  10. David says:

    Personally, I like the new facebook, but I support people’s right to choose if they want to keep the old facebook, let them have it, if people want to use the new facebook let them. Give people the power to choose. Power to the People!

  11. Tara says:

    I am really, truly disseminated with you guys and whoever wrote this article. You took some random idiotic “the new facebook is crap” post…. and put it there to make it look like we don’t have a VERY detailed list of issues we have with the New Facebook!!

    One of which was separating the Mini-feed and the wall again (you can’t possibly tell us that would take up much space…)

    Back in APRIL “The Facebook Team” posted a solution to all the feedback they were getting about this… where they stated that they WOULD separate the two again

    http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=12586172909&ref=mf

    and in THIS post by “The Facebook Team” linked this image

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=468064&id=21073243776

    explaining that this is what they were looking at now… and how they’d go about separating the two…

    Changing the names of what ppl use is NOT a smart idea because it confuses people… you can redesign… but to change the names is ludicrous!

    In addition to the wall/mini-feed issue…. users also listed in great DETAIL (unlike the idiotic responses you quoted in your article) about there displeasure with the justification of the page it’s self… the New Layout feels lopsided…. and the platform it’s self seems like a rough draft…. we naturally focus on the center of the screen… to justify things to the left to this degree is going against out instincts… and there fore… feels awkward to most uses… even to the point (I myself have felt this)…. it makes ppl a little dizzy because as human beings we are not used to focusing on something soo lopsided….

    Thirdly…. they removed our shortcuts from the left hand side, and moved them… we now have to go threw multiple steps to get to the same place…. as well as it’s like telling someone from North America to drive on the other side of the road… we all have to retrain out subconscious to go to the other end of the page…. which leads to most ppl getting lost, and feeling rather frustrated, because the simple easy to use page we loved… has now been complicated and we have to go on an Easter egg hunt to find things, that have not ONLY been Relocated, but RENAMED as well…. (and yet you wonder why we’re confused….)

    Those are just THREE of the many, MANY DETAILED feedback that has been left on that group you listed, in the past month (prior to ppl flocking there in panic over the past day and a half…)

    Also.. here is an image of a layout that a member posted…. to which is what we all thought the new facebook would be more like….

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=1741699&o=all&op=1&view=all&subj=21195574231&aid=-1&id=638805258&oid=21195574231#pid=1139099&id=283601387

    There is absolutely no reason Facebook developers couldn’t do something far less controversial similar to this.. and still move their adds to the right hand side (leaving the gap under the links for applications) and widening the page…

    Anyhow… it would have truly been nice if you had done some more research in the group rather then take a generic idiot comment and post it like it’s the reaction from all 400,000…. Facebook has started that 40% of it’s users are still on the old platform… of course 40 million are rushing to these groups going “what the hell?”

    I’d truly like to know why Facebook is determined to not review and utilize some of the really interesting and constructive questions, ideas, suggestions, and points that have arose from all this… if they merely made a couple of small changes… they’d have a LOT let disgruntled users right about now…

  12. Sean says:

    An interesting response, Mr. Smith. This was a very good read.

    I’ve heard the “it wasn’t broken, why’d you fix it” question quite a bit when talking to my friends about the new Facebook, and to some degree I agree (ouch) with that thought.

    However, it is very true that application clutter exists. Some people (notably the high school crowd, which I admit to belonging to) enjoy application clutter reminiscent of mySpace and other similar sites, which is why they are so strongly entrenched in opposition to this new Facebook. My friends have sung praises of the “big pictures”, “top friends”, and “bumper sticker” applications, which take up massive amounts of space in a user’s profile.

    Being the change-fearing creatures that we are, people are going to long for the “way things were”. I’m sure a faction will leave and not come back (until they realize how hopelessly addicted they are, perhaps?).

    The only aspect of the new Facebook that bothers me is that the default option of the Wall is to combine both what was the mini-Feed and the Wall. Personally, it suited my organized self to have my verbal interactions with other people separate with my interactions with my own profile. I noticed, however, that this has already been taken into account by developers because of the two wall filter options I noticed.

    I hope that on release day Facebook will provide a way to choose the default filter to be applied to their wall. If not, I personally won’t do anything silly; I’ll learn to click the “Posts by Others” button when I want to.

    As for the people who depart Facebook in protest of this new update, I can’t really fathom their reasoning. The Dead Kennedys once commented on that sort of thing: “Give Me Convenience, Or Give Me Death!”

  13. Ghazanfar Abbas says:

    Seriously guys, all we are asking for is an option to stay on with the old facebook… Can’t you just keep the option for the users???

  14. WC97 says:

    i wonder if it would be possible to create a look similar to the old one when they switch to the new one that will still reflect the FB site. make sense?. i think if it can be done, someone will try it.

  15. me says:

    i hate the new facebook.
    IT SUCKS.

  16. laugh_out_loud says:

    I think that asking if we can have a choice for facebook is legitimate. I seriously don’t think people would leave facebook all together just because of that, but I don’t see the harm in letting us choose.

    And, if you think about it, 400,000+ people is a LOT of PEOPLE!!!

  17. Voice of the People says:

    Those people upset are true blue faithful facebook users that are voicing their opinion. Of the millions of users, how many check their facebook enough to care? Those millions that don’t say anything could just as easily go anywhere else and don’t care about the change. However, is there any comparable amount of supporters of the new design?

    There is a obvious opinion about the new design… WE DON’T LIKE IT!

  18. Joey says:

    They HAVE had that “Move back to old Facebook” option for the last several weeks. The protesting has sprung up because that option is about to be taken away. The dissatisfied users (who aren’t the miniscule fringe group that the phrase “vocal minority” suggests; maybe choose your words more carefully in the future) are merely requesting that we be allowed to KEEP the option of staying with old Facebook.

    The new Facebook layout actually has been demanding more of users’ system resources to navigate, no matter which browser (Firefox, IE, Opera, etc) is used. Also, the visual design of it resembles a webpage which has failed to load properly; any graphic designer worth his paycheck could tell you that.

  19. Janine says:

    i dont see why people are so shallow as to care….if they want to protest something, protest for world peace or the environment, not the cosmetics of a social site. i like the new facebook, i find it convenient so that i don’t have to see all my applications and let them load. If you take two minutes to figure it out, its not that hard. if one can’t adapt to some simple changes in a website, they won’t go very far.
    go read a book or something.

  20. marktan says:

    it is not a minority. it is in fact the majority of those who care that are speaking up now – even those who like the New Facebook are speaking up in these hate threads & groups.

    it might only be a minority if Facebook insists on counting those users that have left or are inactive. one might wonder why that is so.

  21. Bia says:

    It’s just not aesthetically pleasing.
    The ads are as prominently displayed as the profile pictures and I don’t have an insane amount of apps that require new facebook’s ‘organizing’ system which is really just tabs within the page.

  22. Tanisha says:

    i wasnt against the news feed when it came in.. but im certainly against this.. ive had all my friends join in the last little while.. and the ones who havent are worried its too complicated.. this new facebook will garuntee my mom, and a few of my buddies wont join it.. if i wanted this layout id go back to myspace.. infact.. i just might. This is goin to ruin facebook. The foundation of it is the ability to choose wat u want on ur profile page… i dont want my wall to be the first thing ppl see… its at the bottom of my page right now.. but new facebook will ruin that.

  23. Alex says:

    The only things I don’t like about new Facebook are the profiles and the wall. Other than that, I love it.

    I suggest you ignore those people. As time will tell, they’ll forget about it a=and learn to love it. Even though you could access the beta test site for a good while, clearly, they didn’t appreciate the sudden change.

  24. Michelle says:

    I do not like the new facebook. I think it is cluttered and looks like myspace. I think there should be an option to click back to the old site or the new one which will keep everyone happy. If you look up all the groups who are against, its upwards of a million now, we are no longer a meager minority.

  25. Lily says:

    http://www.vkontakte.ru

    Russian Facebook (that has English, of course) – #1 no ads!!
    #2 no useless applications
    #3no ugly layout

    Everyone join!

  26. emily says:

    I don’t understand the mad rush web designers are always in to be changing layouts…oh wait. I bet they don’t get paid unless they’re actually doing something.

    This reminds me of how the popular art web community deviantart.com changes it’s design regularly. They’re constantly ‘updating’ to new design styles that are hopelessly buggy and take forever to figure out. The newest one seems to be working alright so far though, to be fair, but the last one had bugs from day one that I never actually saw fixed.

    But I don’t understand why they just can’t update features with improvements. Surely that’s less drastic than a once-over renovation? How about a limit on the amount of applications one can have at a time? What about more options of what we can show on our profiles?

    I think the most serious problem I’m seeing listed among complainers though, is not the cluttered design (although that is very frustrating). How about the many, many people who noticed their browser (even the glorious firefox, from many reports) was suddenly slogging through the page?

    Do the designers think that all of us have brand new computers with the highest of high speed connections? What about us starving students with four year old laptops? The old facebook ran fairly well, even on my dinosaur with the cracked case.

  27. Ben says:

    I feel that your analogy to the minifeed back in 2006 is a bit flawed. Although this will be an overly-simplified statement, the minifeed was, for all practical intents and purposes, an addition to the Facebook experience. “The New Facebook” isn’t an addition… because nothing is being added. It is simply a sloppy remake of the old Facebook, the reason of which you would even want to force on all members is questionable. I did notice the larger amount of advertising space on the New Facebook, but I won’t jump to any conclusions about what this may or may not suggest.

    Out of almost everyone I know who has switched to the “New Facebook”, they have rather quickly switched back to the “Old Facebook.” I wouldn’t be surprised if many of your coined number of people who supposedly switched to the “New Facebook” didn’t even *CLICK* at the top to switch! You have to keep in mind that anyone who switched over to the New Facebook would have also had converted links – that is to say, if you linked one link from Facebook on the old design, it would simply be “Facebook.com/arbirtraryurl”, and from the “New Facebook”, it would become “New.Facebook.com/arbitraryurl”. Anyone who clicked on that second link (of the new.facebook.com) would automatically be transfered to the new Facebook version. This leads me to wonder how many hits the new Facebook got from people simply clicking on links in discussion forums, etc. Your count also fails to note who switched back to the old Facebook after trying the new one, and it also fails to take into account some users who have claimed that using certain functions on the site automatically brought them to the New Facebook.

    I would say that your “minority” claim is a rather unjustified claim. I’m not one who likes to cling onto statistics (for as we all know, 98% of statistics are false, and 93% are made-up-on-the-spot), but I think in this case, your seemingly intimidating large number of those who have switched to the new Facebook, and avoidance in mentioning WHO SWITCHED BACK TO THE OLD, is enough to question “IS it a minority of users who don’t agree with the new Facebook?” Certainly this lack of data isn’t going to help your “minority” claim any.

    Also, a minor correction. While some of the groups have been pointing out applications, I think a majority of users in these groups would say that the real problem lies in the lack of choice that a default switch to the new Facebook would provide. Again, I would be quick to stress that nothing has been ADDED to the New Facebook – things have just been messily moved around. And the new layout seems to have forgotten the mass importance of dividers and boarders in a coherent layout. It’s like a bad experiment of someone who doesn’t know how to use HTML.

    I would think that the intelligent persons behind Facebook would be smart enough to see the flaws of the New Facebook, and they would realize that making the New Facebook default is silly and unnecessary on many levels.

  28. Tim Coon says:

    I feel that your analogy to the minifeed back in 2006 is a bit flawed. Although this will be an overly-simplified statement, the minifeed was, for all practical intents and purposes, an addition to the Facebook experience. “The New Facebook” isn’t an addition… because nothing is being added. It is simply a sloppy remake of the old Facebook, the reason of which you would even want to force on all members is questionable. I did notice the larger amount of advertising space on the New Facebook, but I won’t jump to any conclusions about what this may or may not suggest.

    Out of almost everyone I know who has switched to the “New Facebook”, they have rather quickly switched back to the “Old Facebook.” I wouldn’t be surprised if many of your coined number of people who supposedly switched to the “New Facebook” didn’t even *CLICK* at the top to switch! You have to keep in mind that anyone who switched over to the New Facebook would have also had converted links – that is to say, if you linked one link from Facebook on the old design, it would simply be “Facebook.com/arbirtraryurl”, and from the “New Facebook”, it would become “New.Facebook.com/arbitraryurl”. Anyone who clicked on that second link (of the new.facebook.com) would automatically be transfered to the new Facebook version. This leads me to wonder how many hits the new Facebook got from people simply clicking on links in discussion forums, etc. Your count also fails to note who switched back to the old Facebook after trying the new one, and it also fails to take into account some users who have claimed that using certain functions on the site automatically brought them to the New Facebook.

    I would say that your “minority” claim is a rather unjustified claim. I’m not one who likes to cling onto statistics (for as we all know, 98% of statistics are false, and 93% are made-up-on-the-spot), but I think in this case, your seemingly intimidating large number of those who have switched to the new Facebook, and avoidance in mentioning WHO SWITCHED BACK TO THE OLD, is enough to question “IS it a minority of users who don’t agree with the new Facebook?” Certainly this lack of data isn’t going to help your “minority” claim any.

    Also, a minor correction. While some of the groups have been pointing out applications, I think a majority of users in these groups would say that the real problem lies in the lack of choice that a default switch to the new Facebook would provide. Again, I would be quick to stress that nothing has been ADDED to the New Facebook – things have just been messily moved around. And the new layout seems to have forgotten the mass importance of dividers and boarders in a coherent layout. It’s like a bad experiment of someone who doesn’t know how to use HTML.

    I would think that the intelligent persons behind Facebook would be smart enough to see the flaws of the New Facebook, and they would realize that making the New Facebook default is silly and unnecessary on many levels.

  29. jano says:

    you fb people need to put some sense into ur head and plz forget about switching the fb….its just nt fair….dont we have an opinion on this??!!!! FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!!! just check the fb groups and see for urself wats happening

  30. Drew says:

    I was very excited when I heard about a new facebook. When I checked it out though, I was extremely disappointed with the content and layout of the new facebook. Nothing is really new about it, they just took all the compoments of the website, put them in a blender and pureed it into some crazy maze of colors and words. I was thinking that the new facebook would have all these new features, but there is nothing really new about it, just confusing in my opinion.

  31. Guy says:

    “When taking into account that several users of Facebook (a grand majority, most probably) aren’t that active in Facebook…only 15 million or so”

    Actually, Facebook has 100,000,000 million ACTIVE users.

    At first blush I wasn’t a fan, but it’s grown on me. Once you actually experience the new design without the bias and alarmist reproach it is quite wonderful.

    And it’s a done deal.

  32. J says:

    I think the applications developers will be hit hard by the new facebook. The big space on the front page has gone now and the apps will either be in the small left hand side of the front or relegated to a non-used Boxes tab. I think this new facebook is a spectacular own goal. The Apps and one-page profile was what made facebook popular in the first place.

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  34. Mark says:

    At Guy:

    I noticed that error soon after I submitted it, and posted again with a correction statement. As for “active”, care to prove to me that, at any time, or on any day, the entirety of 100 million facebook users are active and take full advantage of the resources, social tools, applications, and whatnot that facebook offers in their entirety?

    Or does the majority of those 100 million people:

    A) Go online for a few seconds, look over their profile, go off,

    B) Registered and created a profile because everyone else in their school(s) did so, but then neglects it for months at a time, unless otherwise told or reminded to use it,

    C) Or add numerous amounts of applications with which to play with to waste time, without any real care to what the rest of the site offers?

    In addition, you have some nerve to call me “biased” and guilty of using an “alarmist” approach to this whole situation, when in reality you, too, are a biased individual, and it seems one biased against anyone that decides to stand up and say: “Hey, I don’t like this new system, for such and such reasons.?” (And decent reasons, at that.)

  35. Guy says:

    At Mark: I didn’t direct that comment at you. No offense intended. Look, Facebook announced the new profile more than 6 months ago and invited all users to partake in the betas and provide feedback. The majority of users neglected to take the opportunity to contribute their thoughts to the project, and now they are up in arms about the new design days before the switch over. It’s simply absurd. The fervor is not necessary.

  36. Observer says:

    You know, a lot of the young people here and probably many of the people who have posted comments here are Obama supporters.

    What does Obama support?

    Change.

    What can facebook users not accept now?

    Change.

    So you claim you support Obama and prefer change? Trust me, the change that Obama may bring about in the US if he is elected will be much larger and on a larger scale than a simple social website’s layout change.

    Over the centuries, people have been faced with change, especially that caused by the government. The people of the nation have spoken out. But do the people REALLY know what they’re speaking out against? Do they know what the government was thinking?

    No. Of course not. They don’t know because they aren’t in the government. They don’t know how to run a country or what politics are like.

    The same can be said of the facebook community versus the facebook team. The community rejects the change because they prefer the way things were before, but do they clearly know and accept why the facebook team is changing the layout?

    I doubt it. Even if there are any people who truly are clever enough and smart enough to feel that the team is making a mistake, these people are few and rare.

    I’m not calling the users of facebook stupid. There’s a difference between “stupid” and “smart and clever.” Furthermore, even if you are smart, that doesn’t mean you know how to run a social networking website. If I were an extremely intelligent researcher or doctor, that doesn’t mean I know how to make changes to a website.

    So what I’ve said boils down to two points:

    1. Many of the users on facebook support Obama and change but refuse to accept change on facebook. Hypocrisy much?

    2. Even if people speak out against the design, that doesn’t mean they know that the change is bad. They may dislike it but does that mean the change will be negative? No, because I can bet you 85% of facebook users do not understand computers to a good degree, 90% do not understand website coding, and 98% do not know how to run a website like facebook.

    The facebook team has brought you an amazing product that you cherish and love. So why are you turning your back on them now?

  37. James Allen says:

    Observer: This is not a matter of fearing change. It’s a matter of aesthetics, ergonomics, and, most of all, user-friendliness.
    The new design goes against all three of these areas (the third point, user-friendliness, being called into question, and being up for debate as a side note).
    Overall, it truly does sound like the biggest complaint is of not having a choice to use the soon-to-be old version of the site. It’s not a matter of turning one’s back on a product (which, by the way is not a terrible thing to do, unless that product cures disease, being as it is merely a product to be chosen or disregarded, but again, that would be a discretionary side note), it’s a matter of a product’s creator not listening to a relatively large number of it’s consumers.
    The “I Hate The New Facebook” Group alone gains hundreds of members every minute. It even doubled in size from 250,000 to 500,000 from Sept. 6 – 7, and is likely to do so again by the end of the 8th. That’s definitely not something that should be disregarded, even if a number of the people joining *might* be doing so out of a fear of change; they’re still upset enough to say something.
    I could go on, but it’s already been said: The users want to have an option as to which version of the site they would like to use.

  38. B says:

    Really, my only beef is that FB is forcing those of us who don’t like the New Facebook to use it. If other people like the New Facebook, more power to them. Yay for you. I just want them to keep the option for me to use the old Facebook. I personally don’t like the New Facebook; I think it’s cluttered and confusing. I tried it out and went back to the old. I’d like to keep it that way. And I wish Facebook would listen to the disgruntled 400,000 + users and keep it how it is now, giving the users the ability to choose which layout they want.

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  41. Anonymous says:

    Once this Facebook redesign becomes mandatory, I want all of you to know that there is a way around it. Once you log into your Facebook account, simply use Facebook Mobile, by visiting http://m.facebook.com. It is also possible to use the Iphone version of Facebook by visiting http://iphone.facebook.com.

    If you still want to use Facebook Chat then it is possible to use it as a sidebar in Mozilla Firefox.

    http://www.labnol.org/software/browsers/run-facebook-chat-messenger-firefox-sidebar/3050/

    If you can find a way around the redesign then it will make your life MUCH EASIER.

  42. Anonymous says:

    Deactivated my account because of the new changes. It really does look like shit.

  43. paddy Sollitt says:

    The protest groups are growing in strength and numbers,
    1 group up to 1.6 million
    2 group up to 2.1 million

  44. Jeff W says:

    You people really need to get a life – it’s just a site design of a crappy site.

    the navigation, feature and functionality was bad yesterday – it will be bad tomorrow.

    its a weak technology

  45. Ghazanfar Abbas says:

    So, can’t we just be given a choice like before??? When it was not “officially launched”…

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    [...] Then the profile pages were redesigned last year. Again, Facebook users raised hell. [...]

  48. How Are Facebook Users Responding to the “Real Time” Home Page Redesign? says:

    [...] became glued to the site even more because of it. Last year, Facebook users fought for ways to go back to the old Facebook profile design, but growth and engagement have continued to increase since – pages per visit are up by 50% since [...]

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