Chicago (IL) – Facebook recently underwent a major website and user interface redesign (its second within a year) which changed the layout and feature access significantly. The changes have users frustrated and furious begging to get the “Old Facebook” back. So far, 1.7 million users have joined a Facebook group called “Petition against the New Facebook“. They request the site make smaller changes to allow for simpler user transitions, and represent 1% of the site’s 175 million registered users.
Facebook’s most recent change was conducted in an effort for the site to better compete with Twitter, an ever growing microblogging site which allows users to update their friends in real time. While Facebook did not directly compete with Twitter in the past, the new re-design hopes to narrow that gap.
The transition has brought some heavy criticism from users who simply feel the company is not listening to their requests. However, for those who are unhappy you can utilize a Firefox add-on which allegedly reverts the view that you personally see to the old layout.
Facebook does not seem to be making any attempt to revert changes however the company did respond to users upset via a statement to the BBC:
“The new Facebook home page is one step in the continued evolution of the site, designed to give people more ways to share and filter all types of content, such as status updates, photos, videos, notes and more. We are grateful to have 175 million people worldwide using Facebook to connect with the people and things they care about most, and we take their feedback very seriously.
“We are listening carefully to what people are saying about the new home page through a variety of channels – including through a popular application, built by outside developers on our platform, that allows users to vote and express their opinion.
“Also helpful have been the many comments we’re reading on industry blogs, the Facebook company blog, Mark Zuckerberg’s public profile, Facebook user groups, and through the link on the Facebook new home page tutorial.
“We encourage people to send us constructive, detailed feedback and are committed to using it to inform how we build and improve the site for everyone.”