What is everyone appalled about? The information was already there,
and as my friend Muerl so nicely pointed out if it hadn’t been added
to facebook directly, then the developer interface at
http://developers.facebook.com would have merely limited the stalker
interface to just the stalkers instead of putting everyone on the same
Secondly, while facebook is kind of entertaining by allowing a person
to wander around learning random things about people, that fades
relatively quickly. It fades because it becomes increasingly more
work to find new information. The new interface actually allows for
content to be useful. Case in point, I am posting this entry to
dgtized.net, but because I setup the feed reader for facebook to
import this as a note, this will appear in all of your feeds. How
else could we even discuss a change like this in the prior interface?
By wall posts? Which of your friends do you elect to flood their wall
with an argument about whether or not the interface is a good idea?
To me that approach seems like utter nonsense, so instead we use
notes, but no one notices a note being posted unless there is an
interface for watching notes be posted. Which leaves us with the
I’ll even bet the only reason your all joining, “We hate the new
facebook layout” groups, or are even aware of them is because they all
show up in the feed.
I for one welcome our new feed overlords. Don’t yell and scream
because what already existed became obvious. If you don’t want your
life under a magnifying glass, then don’t put it there. It’s a public
site, and it’s public information you posted, so don’t complain if
everyone reads it. Close out your account if it makes you
uncomfortable, and certainly don’t broadcast your interest in
boycotting by way of the very service you hate.