I was recently invited by Facebook Research to take a survey about them and social media in general. Having gotten sufficiently fired up about all the changes I've been seeing on the site itself, I was rubbing my hands in anticipation.
Numerous minutes later, I clicked blindly through the multiple choice answers.
Do you want to know where you're losing it, Facebook, or do you just want us to validate the reasons you believe it to be so? Nowhere did I see a place to give my opinion so here I am, on my own blog doing just that.
You're losing us all because of your "big brother" controls of what we see and don't see. And being so concerned about where teens are and the latest trend isn't helping you focus on the issue.
Say I've liked 200 pages. Facebook, I want to see all of those 200 pages status updates in my news feeds. If I'm dumb enough to like 1000 pages, then once I get all 1000 status updates regularly, you'd think I'd be smart enough to start unliking pages and control my own viewing pleasure.
Stop randomly siphoning off my chosen information feed.
Stop being my babysitter. The teens and young adults have learned what you do and left. The older crowd is sick of your changes on a daily basis to draw the "in crowd".
Want to fix it? Let us have control back.
Yada, yada, yada...."Do you think Facebook cares more about making the world a better place or making money?"
Let's see. Who cares what your motivation is? In the end, you're going to lose us all unless you stop trying to be our parent.
Monitor the smut/child porn/sex trafficking, but keep what we see under our own control.