September 22, 2011, 10:18 AM — Notice anything different about Facebook lately? Yes, they’ve done it again.
Kicked out of their complacency by the emergence of Google+, the social media mavens have unveiled an unprecedented number of changes to coincide with the annual F8 developers conference.
Some changes (like Facebook subscriptions) were announced a few days ago, some have just been foisted upon an unsuspecting public. And, as happens every time Facebook tweaks something, many people are hating on them big time.
Here are the half dozen biggest changes – and what, if anything, you can do to get your old Facebook back.
Tick tick ticker: Want to know what all of your friends are doing every single moment of every day on Facebook? A new ticker in the top right corner of your news feed gives you a Twitter-like stream that details every activity by all of your peeps – and makes you wonder if any of your friends actually have a life.
Talk talk talker: Feeling constrained by Facebook’s arbitrary 500-character limit on posts? You now have 10 times more space to bore fascinate your friends with your obnoxious keen observations and lameass brilliant opinions. And if any of your friends do go on for 5,000 characters, well, that’s why Facebook invented the 'unfriend' feature.
All news, all the time: Surprised by the sudden appearance of all these semi-strangers at the top of your news feed? I know I was. Facebook has combined its old “Most Recent” and “Top Stories” feeds into one, flagging the “Top” stories with a little blue triangle in the left corner.
If you don’t like what Facebook’s choices for Top Stories, you can click the blue triangle and Facebook’s inscrutable EdgeRank algorithms will stop flagging stories similar to it as “Top”.