After public apologies from Mark Zuckerberg about the News Feed feature of Facebook, facebook.com now announce that they are going to open the website to everyone, hence dropping the admission policy that made the website so popular: students, and students only. And once again, the users are growling.
It's the second time in about 2 weeks that Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of Facebook, faces fierce criticism from the 9 million users of his social directory.
On September 5th, Facebook users logging in to their favorite website were welcome by a strange page showing the latest activity of all the people in their friend list. And in most cases, a fair portion of these "friends" are people you barely know and that you wouldn't really want to tell your whole life. The feature was deemed completely unwelcome and unnecessary by most.
A huge controversy followed, with people joining "Please bring the old Facebook back" groups, and actual demonstrations planned in front of the headquarters of the company. A couple of days later, Zuckerberg admitted in an open letter to the Facebook users that he "seriously messed this on up".
Only 2 weeks later, Facebook now announces that they are going to open the network to everyone, i.e. drop the student-only admission policy that made the website's success. More cautious this time, Zuckerberg just posted a note on homepage of Facebook clarifying how this new feature wouldn't change anything for the current users as they would still be part of college networks, independent from the others. However, in his note Zuckerberg pretty much admits that he's not sure to understand why people are complaining so much about the new changes and asks for feedback.
Is pushing this second major change to Facebook so early after the incident of the 5th a very smart move? I'm not sure. Users have been severely disoriented lately and need to get accustomed to the new version of a website that had barely evolved in its first years of existence. And did anyone complain about the good old Facebook? I don't think so.
Facebook groups called things like "PETITION!!!!!!!! STOP FACEBOOK FROM GOING GLOBAL" have already been created and see their number of members growing pretty fast.
Will students win this battle against their favorite website? I guess we will have the answer in the very near future...
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Facebook: has Mark Zuckerberg lost his mind?
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