Sunday, August 19, 2012

Facebook's Timeline

While I'm no maverick, I don't want Mark Zuckerberg's programatons dictating my use. I chafe against being herded toward the promised land of social media. But on August 25th, I'll have no choice but to become cyber cattle. And unlike Sarah Palin, I can't go rogue.

As someone farther along on the OCD path than most, I like to organize...a lot. And I don't cotton to some chump developer's idea of organizing and classifying information for my supposed benefit and ease of use. I can work with chronological dumping on my Wall, listing posts and messages with the most recent on top, the way it's been displayed up to now. That makes sense. That should have been called Timeline.

Bitching about Facebook changes is nothing new. But it's new to me. I've figured that Facebook, as a free social network, has the right to do whatever it wants. I still do. But it's finally gotten my goat because, like  multi-line slot machines, Timeline doesn't make sense. I don't understand the logic behind it, and that causes me agita. Why is my friend's comment showing up in the right-hand column? Why are there two columns to begin with? Why are some things and not others listed in my Recent Activity? What if I don't want people to see what I've been listening to on Stitcher? And for the love of Tim Berners-Lee, why is the cover photo taking up so much real estate? Most of us aren't good enough photographers to take really sharp, well-composed photos, let alone ones that are wildly landscape in their dimensions. I'm a words person and I would much prefer that space to be utilized in a more meaningful way than showing one big-ass blurry snapshot that's supposed to sum me up in a glance.

Fuck you, Timeline, and your activity log, too.

Have you liked TIWTPITF on Facebook? There's a lot of good conversation going on there, if you can figure out where to look.


L.J. Diva said...

This seems to be one of the issues that annoys most people. I prefer the old way, easy, simple to read, everything in order. And then the knobs at FB go and make it into the crap it is now. Talk about confusing!

Anonymous said...

Well said Miss Jennifer! My sentiments exactly.

Anonymous said...

Well stated Miss Jennifer! My sentiments exactly.

Manda said...

OT: Found your blog while trying to figure out why the hell people like Vera Bradley. ICK.

1) Are you the voice inside my head?!
2) Why didn't I think of this earlier instead of ranting to friends?!

Jennifer Worick said...

Manda, Yay! I'm happy to cohabitate in your head. Enjoy.