Social Networks in Turmoil Check Out Your Options!
Did Facebook make you angry this week? Are you afraid of Google becoming the Walmart of the Internet?
How dare they change things on what seems like a whim, right? Like Netflix, I think they forgot about the Number One Rule in Social Media. What is that rule, Mr. Zuckerberg? It’s about them, not you! I think you will soon be learning this lesson well… and very soon at that.
Facebook users were outraged this week when Facebook arbitrarily and seemingly without notice changed the Newsfeed, Privacy settings and Apps area. Get ready because there are more changes on the horizon. One is Facebook’s replacement for profiles called Timeline. Here you can share the entire story of your life. Really, do I want to do that? Did I ask for that?
After listening to this video, I’d just like to say one more time. Mr. Zuckerberg, It’s about us, not you!
I played around with some of the new features this week, like the lists for “Close Friends“. All I can say is it is clunky. After Facebook makes a few suggestions on “who” your close friends are you need to scroll through your friend lists, select a person, and then rescroll through the freind list again -each time. The competition has drag and drop. And for Timeline this is what the people at Mashable are saying about that.
Right after Timeline will come new features. Adding a music and media platform with Spotify, MOG & Rdio
Looks like Facebook wants to be your one-stop shop.
How do you feel?
1- Don’t like it, but you’ll get over it?
Here’s a post on how to adjust your “new” News Feed & Ticker
And here’s a post on adjusting your Apps and permissions
2- Don’t like it and you want to leave?
Here’s an article on exporting your stuff out of Facebook to a third party and then to Google+. (Read further options below before going to Google+).
Where can you go?
Up until now, the top choices have been MySpace, Zing, Friendsters.
Recently, Google has been working on Google+. Google+ has been plagued with criticism for it’s agonizingly, slow rollout. Why wait, everyone asked? Cunningly, I believe Google+ gauged its Grand-Launch-to-the Public for this long-planned “upgrade” by Facebook. Everyone knows that, historically, Facebook hasn’t managed its upgrades well. Industry insiders knew about the upgrades, but Facebook users were not really aware of it. Someone paying attention at Google+ probably read the writing on the wall and strategized on this opportunity. This timing just couldn’t be coincidence, could it?
That said, if you need some tips on trying Google+ out, here they are:
Google+ needed some momentum to experience a successful launch. Facebook’s changes presented Google+ the opportunity. This week many Facebook users are leaving to checkout Google+. It is a mass exodus to Google+.
BUT did you know Google is being looked at by Congress for Antitrust issues?
Here is a post about the antitrust issues featuring Wisconsin’s Herb Kohl.
Will you move just to get shut down and driven back to Facebook?
Did you know that very soon you will have a Third Choice?
Yes, that’s right Unthink.com has what they claim are all the answers to Facebook’s and Google’s lack of respect for their users. In fact, Unthink won’t call you a user. They’ll call you an owner and here’s what they say about being an owner.
And here is a video that says it all on how Unthink plans to treat their new owners with a little parody on how Facebook users may have felt this week.
My question? When will Unthink be released and ready? I hope their rollout is not as slow as Google+’ was. These folks stand a chance and their marketing is in place. Watch for more on Unthink. Coming soon (I hope).
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