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I suppose it would help me to add your Twitter accounts if I did not disable comments, like I did on my last post - DUH! So, yes, if you'd like to add me, feel free. Also feel free to leave your Twitter info if you would prefer me to add you. I did add back everyone who added me yesterday. (How many times can I use the word "add" in one post?). Anyhow, a quick repost:

|| Follow Me on TWITTER if You're So Inclined || Yes, I'm getting with the program re: Twitter. I'd love to follow you, so if you want to leave me a link to your profile, please feel free. I've had my account for almost a year, but just decided to figure out how to use it this weekend. It wasn't so difficult to figure out, although it had been giving me trouble last year.

I'm fascinated by the current brou-ha-ha over at Facebook. I'm guessing most of you have heard or read about it, but for those of you who don't use Facebook, basically a new layout/redesign was implemented, oh, a week or ten days ago, and it's a blatant rip off of Twitter. FB users are all up in arms about the redesign because, well, if we wanted to use Twitter, we would, you know, use Twitter. Twitter is a fun thing and it's relevant. But Facebook is also fun and relevant. They are different social networking tools. I prefer the old Facebook layout and I've been leaving comments expressing my POV; the change prompted me to dust off my Twitter account, though, and figure out how to use it. I think it's patently dumb for FB to try and copy Twitter and I think that their redesign did nothing but muck up Facebook's awesomeness. Apparently Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's CEO, tried to buy Twitter for $500M, but was not successful. So, what? JUST COPY IT, THEN? *shakes head* Some interesting links if you're following the issue:

Facebook Haters Reach a Million Strong - Valleywag 3/23/09 - More than a million Facebook users have voted against Facebook's latest redesign, which displays an unreadable spew of friends' status updates on the homepage. A flack says the company is "listening carefully." Yeah, right! Facebook redesigns have always attracted an almost ludicrous amount of controversy, going back to its roots on protest-happy college campuses. But the outcry this time is different.

Even Facebook Employees Hate the Redesign - Valleywag 3/20/09 - The feedback on Facebook's new look, which emphasizes a stream of Twitter-like status updates, is almost universally, howlingly negative. Why isn't CEO Mark Zuckerberg listening to users? Because he doesn't have to, he's told employees.

Facebook Faithful Turn Against Mark Zuckerberg's Redesign - Valleywag 3/19/09 - When will Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wake up and realize he made an idiotic mistake by copying Twitter? The Facebook-loving masses loathe the new look — as do Facebook's best pals in Silicon Valley.

10 Reasons Why Facebook Now Sucks - AlterNet 3/17/09 - The new "redesign" of Facebook, which was released earlier today to a "select" group of users (sadly, me included) was clearly designed by a 5-year-old -- oh wait, no, I take that back ... my daughter could design a better front end than they did. They took a lot of functionality, customization and filtering capability out of the home page and replaced it with Twitter-like features, which is to say, they dumbed it down for children. I don't think I have ever before seen such a global removal of functionality touted as a revolutionary beneficial redesign for all end users. It ended up being quite the opposite.

What Was Mark Zuckerberg Smoking When He Redesigned Facebook? - Valleywag 3/17/09 - Has Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg been driven mad by envy? In his effort to redesign his social network in the image of Twitter, he may well end up destroying everything good about it, users say. Valleywag alumnus Paul Boutin, now writing in the New York Times, dismisses the complaints as "inevitable" gripes from people who don't like change. That may have been true for Facebook's substantial revamp last fall, which smartly cribbed some elements from Twitter. But as people get used to the latest changes, they're starting to realize that this redesign is simply, objectively bad.

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You can purchase Aretha Franklin's hat for $179.00 from Mr. Song Millinery. I've seriously thought about getting one for myself because, dudes, that hat rules.

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And, finally, the day would not be complete without Stephen Colbert weighing in on the matter, on The Today Show with Meredith Viera. When Meredith asked Stephen if he "Twitters," Stephen replies, "Yes, I have twatted." - News Wrecker 3/19/09 - Of course there's video! Click the link!

Date: 2009-03-24 01:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gmth.livejournal.com
This is so fascinating to me, because I only just started my FB account last Thursday, after the re-design, so I have no knowledge of the old design and think the new one is just fine. I'll be interested to see what happens if they roll back or change it. I'd like to see what the old design looked like.

Date: 2009-03-24 01:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] twoapennything.livejournal.com
The old Facebook design worked a lot better for me. I can understand if you're new to Facebook, though, that you wouldn't know why people are screaming their heads off. The 10 Reasons Why Facebook Now Sucks article details a lot of the main user complaints about the redesign.

Date: 2009-03-24 05:20 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] anemonerose.livejournal.com
I saw that episode of the today show! He made the comment just as I was walking out the front door to work and I definitely LOLed. :))

Date: 2009-03-24 08:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pumagrrl.livejournal.com
I love Aretha Franklin's hat! If I were to buy a hat it would be that one.

Date: 2009-03-24 11:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] prunesnprisms.livejournal.com
twatted!!

That's exactly how I feel about it.

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