So in reacting to “Hutna’s” comment on my post about facebook, I wanted to clear up my personal feelings on the matter. First, I don’t like the redesign. Twitter is Twitter and facebook is facebook, and they have different purposes. I don’t need them, nor do I want them to assume the same purpose. My point was that it seems there’s a small cohort of young people who have a fairly different perspective on social media than everyone else.
I wasn’t trying to argue that you should like the redesign or that facebook didn’t make a mistake (they might have, but I doubt it), but that moving in the direction of “more sharing” and interconnectivity (think Google) is basically the internet’s m’etier, and facebook’s redesign seems mostly consistent with that. As such, I think a large chunk of facebook users won’t have a problem with the redesign because for them, exclusivity was never the point of facebook. They didn’t join when it was available only to college students, they joined to get in touch with former classmates, family, friends, coworkers, etc. As facebook grows, this segment of the facebook population will grow as well. If the disaffected “exclusivists” — a shrinking minority, I’d guess — move away from facebook and toward more niche sites (Late Night Shots regrettably comes to mind), facebook, and indeed, the rest of social media will carry on just fine without them.