September 21, 2011, 12:36 PM — Facebook users love to rage about redesigns, and new changes to the site's News Feed have already triggered the predicable response. Users are complaining about the changes, which emphasize algorithmically important status updates instead of recent posts, saying that they don't want Facebook prioritizing status updates, and that they'd rather just see everything in chronological order.
The real news would be if Facebook users didn't get worked up over design change. The latest outrage is just one of many backlashes that Facebook has endured, none of which seem to accomplish much --except to give angry people something else to write about on Facebook.
Let's do a little rewind to see how Facebook users have complained over the years:
September 2006: Facebook introduces the News Feed, which showed all your friends' latest activity in a single timeline. This was before the age of status updates, when cruising through individual profiles for scraps of information was the thing to do.
Protesters organize "A Day Without Facebook" to show their displeasure with perceived privacy violations, and declares "Mission Accomplished" when Facebook adds the ability to hide activity from the News Feed. But as far as I can tell, this option is no longer available.
September 2008: Facebook rolls out a redesign to all users, breaking different areas of the site into separate, customizable tabs. Users decry the redesign as "very very ugly" and organize protests with hundreds of thousands of members. Tabs have since been moved to Facebook's left sidebar, but the idea behind them remains to this day.
March 2009: Facebook launches another major redesign, this time around status updates to better compete with Twitter. The feed updates in real-time, while highlights appear on the right side of the screen. (Essentially, this is the opposite of how updates appear in Facebook's latest redesign.)