What I Like About the Latest Facebook Changes

You may have noticed that your Facebook has been behaving a little strangely. Yes, they’ve done it again. They’ve made some pretty big changes to the interface. And it appears that there is actually more to come, if today’s article in Mashable is any indication.

Now there are plenty of places online that you can find all the details on the changes, including Facebook itself. You can also get rid of the ticker (if you hate it) by using the Chrome browser with this extension.

But there is an AMAZING amount of negativity and complaining flying around on Facebook and other social networks about the changes. Sure, it’s different. But it’s like people aren’t even giving it a chance before they decide they hate it. As I said yesterday, “Just remember, the Facebook interface you want back is the one you hated the last time they changed.”

So on my Facebook Page yesterday, I shared with you some of the cool, new stuff that is part of the Facebook platform now, and I asked you to share some of the things you liked too. Yes, it has changed. It’s not likely it’s going to change back, if Facebook’s history is any indication. So here are some positives about the new interface:

  • If you use Lists, they’re a lot easier to access now. From the News Feed, click “More” next to Lists. Next to each list you’ve created is a little pencil icon. This allows you to add the list to “Favorites.” Once it’s in Favorites, it’s always top-left on your Facebook Home Page. Clicking it will only show updates from that list.
  • Now the Pages that you admin appear on the sidebar of your Facebook home page, and tell you how many interactions have happened with the Pages since the last time you checked. Very convenient.
  • One of the advantages to viewing your lists…the live stream goes away.
  • If you admin multiple pages, you know that sometimes if you’re logged in as one page, and you forget to use Facebook as yourself, you accidentally wind up commenting as a Page on another Page. But now that the name of the Page/Profile you’re logged in as, as well as the main profile image, appears in the top-right, you can double-check easily before posting.
  • What’s nice about the ticker is that if you mouse over an individual item, the whole post appears. That saves you a click, and on slower internet connections that can be meaningful.
  • Really like the birthday feed! Click on the gift box right below the ticker, and it pops up a list with ALL birthdays, along with a place to write on everyone’s wall in one place.

So those are some of the things I’ve found that I liked. Here are some of the things that you shared:


Yes, we are creatures of habit. Yes, change is hard. But if we decide we hate it before we even give it a chance, we’re just going to be miserable. You’ll get used to this change just like you did with the last one. Approach it with an attitude of adventure! You may even find some features that you like better in this version.

It’s worth it to try.

So what do you like about the new Facebook layout? Would love to read YOUR positive thoughts in the comments below.

11 Responses to What I Like About the Latest Facebook Changes
  1. Gretchen
    September 27, 2011 | 10:59 am

    I’ve long been a list user, so I’m thrilled to have them more readily accessible and usable! Plus, the new Timeline is positively made for scrapbookers! 😉
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  2. Nik@Career Coaching
    September 26, 2011 | 10:31 am

    Hi Jennifer,

    I love the changes, they have made things easier for me. Having a few pages to administrate it is a huge improvement.

    I have seen some funny cartoons regards the changes and for me change is one of the keys to success. Inability to change is a huge problem for many people and some have raised their voice about these changes. I hope more change is coming and we will see some more inventive things pushed our ways. (love the picture)

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  3. Yusuf Chowdhury
    September 24, 2011 | 7:18 pm

    I am so happy with the new changes. It’s more dynamic if you ask me. I love the fact accessing the lists is much easier now and I can follow up with my fanpage’s metrics. I hope they’ll make some changes with like pages 🙂

  4. Tanya
    September 23, 2011 | 8:12 pm

    I really like the changes Facebook have made! A lot of my friends were complaining about it, but personally I prefer it this way! I don’t know what all the fuss is about! Everything is more easily accessible! And right from my newsfeed! Perhaps I don’t have all the changes yet (from Jen’s posts it sounds like I do though). I love that the pages I admin and groups I belong to automatically update in the left when I have notifications. I really can’t fault this new layout. All the previous new layouts were complained about because people generally dont like change, especially to their daily routines. We just need to give it some time.
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  5. Kathy Rowland
    September 23, 2011 | 9:14 am

    I’m partial to the new “favorites” option. It’s great to have just the ones I want to be aware of in one place. Also love the birthday function. I’m having fun making the “new way” work. Thanks Jen for your positive take on all of it. Seem to remember there’s a stat about the percentage of people who love change, who tolerate change and those who absolutely hate it. From the reactions yesterday on fb, I’m guessing that last number is pretty darn large!
    Happy Friday!
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  6. Catherine James
    September 23, 2011 | 7:58 am

    One thing that we also need to keep in mind is that it’s a FREE tool for us, and while having the changes be the first thing I see when I boot up may put a “hitch” in my “giddy up” I have to realize that “they care” enough to be “fresh” and “innovative” and even listen to some of the things that we suggust might make our lives easier.

    I know I don’t have the time to figure everything out on my own, so I love your posts sharing this wonderful information with us.

    Thanks so much for helping to keep us in the know!
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  7. Jane
    September 23, 2011 | 1:56 am

    What I want from this blog is that it is very interesting and I am very happy for this. I love also the new birthday feed! That was one of my favorite things too when I was in the beta testing and I actually provided that as feedback to them.
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  8. Lori
    September 22, 2011 | 12:55 pm

    Jen, thanks for your input. Since you don’t know me, I’ll just share that I’m typically a positive, idealistic person, not generally a whiner. But what I really don’t like about the new facebook (and I’d gladly go back SEVERAL changes to the facebook I really did LOVE) is the voyeuristic feel the new news ticker has. I don’t like that every little move I make on facebook is now available not only to my friends, but to people I don’t even know. And I don’t want to spend a whole lot time regulating who can see what.
    I will give it some time to adjust, but for now, I’ve made my exit from facebook until I see how things settle.

  9. Laura
    September 22, 2011 | 11:57 am

    I love the new birthday feed! That was one of my favorite things when I was in the beta testing and I actually provided that as feedback to them. I’m also really happy with the friend lists. It reminds me of the way FB used to be before they changed to the more recent News Feed format.

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