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Facebook Update #259

by Adrienne Smith on September 22, 2011

Facebook Update #259In today’s post I had every intention of going over the new “subscribe” feature that Facebook recently implemented.  But I logged into my Facebook account and saw that they had made even more changes.  Jeez guys!  What does this make, change #259!!!  Quit with the updates already…

Over the last couple of days people have really voiced their opinions and they have not been good.  Granted, I’m not too happy with the changes either.  Personally, they need to hire some women over at Facebook.  These guys do NOT  know how to create a user friendly site.

I decided to make this a little easier on us both and go over not only the subscribe feature which I was initially going to share with you, but some of the other changes they’ve implemented as well.  It took me a little while to figure some of them out so here is what I learned.

Enjoy!

Be sure and let me know your thoughts on their latest updates. Are you among the disgruntled ones or do you think it was an improvement?

Am anxious to hear your thoughts.

Happy commenting!

 

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1 Tisa September 22, 2011 at 9:30 AM

Hi, Adrienne! Thanks for showing us how the new FB works. Like you, I am not very happy with the changes they have made. I think they have made things a little harder for us!

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2 Adrienne Smith
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September 22, 2011 at 10:05 AM

Hi Tisa,

I’m not a fan either, I wish they would just leave it alone but they won’t. I know they are in competition now with Google+ so they will constantly be updating to keep up with them but I think that site isn’t organized that well either. But we have to go with the changes and deal with them. Hope this video helps you figure out how to get around now. Glad you found it helpful.

Appreciate you stopping by and have a great day!

Adrienne

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3 Robert "Bob" Wieters September 22, 2011 at 10:48 AM

Thank you Adrienne for the update, awoke this morning and see where FB had changed again. In fact there was an article on the front page of our local paper regarding all the changes by FB. So I was prepared.
I really like the way you do your videos, they are so easy to follow and down to earth! You are awesome at doing these, keep up the great work!!

Bob (Sorry still haven’t figured out how to get the avatar thing to work to get my photo to show ;))

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4 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
September 22, 2011 at 11:19 AM

Hey Bob,

First off, your photo is finally showing on your avatar so it worked! Yay!!! Happy to see your smiling face now. :-)

Facebook will never stop changing things. I just wish they would make it more user friendly instead of messing it all up in my opinion.

Glad the video was helpful. I learn by people explaining it to me in simple terms so hoping all my readers enjoy learning that way too.

Have a nice day Bob and thanks again for stopping by. Pleasure to see you!

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5 Rachel Lavern September 22, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Thanks for this tutorial. Yes, I am among the disgruntled users. Another blogger that I follow also created a tutorial, I logged onto Facebook to see if I could implement quickly and was discouraged when I discovered that even more changes have occurred.

Facebook seems to make changes so frequently that I gave up attempting to keep up. I rarely use it anymore and now with the ‘subscribes’ feature I’m thinking that I will just develop and use my Facebook Page for my business. I’m all for innovation; however, it has become a tad frustrating.

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6 Adrienne Smith
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September 22, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Hey Rachel,

You are among the many my friend, me included. I remember when I first joined Facebook I didn’t use if for about six months because it was just too confusing. I know they are doing their best to implement things that they think we will find helpful but in my opinion I believe they continue to make it worse. Not that change can’t be a good thing, as long as they continue to make it user friendly I’m okay with that. To me they are doing just the opposite.

The only reason I won’t go with just a fan page is because people are constantly overwhelmed with people trying to promote something to them, they just want to interact with others. That’s where the personal profiles come into play more. I mean it is a social networking site after all and a lot of people aren’t interested in fan pages. That’s just my thought but I can see where if you aren’t happy with their constant changes and if you are here for your business then why waste your time.

Hope you are able to figure this out now and my video made it a tad easier. Thanks Rachel for your comment and sharing your thoughts about these changes. You are not alone.

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7 Robert "Bob" Wieters September 22, 2011 at 10:56 AM

Adrienne, went back to gravatar.com again and I think I see the problem. Had my photo set to wrong email address. I have corrected and hopefully this will fix this problem. The “old man” is trying to learn and keep up with all this computer stuff.

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8 Adrienne Smith
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September 22, 2011 at 11:24 AM

You definitely fixed the problem Bob! I see your smiling face! Yay!!!

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9 Ilka Flood
Twitter:
September 22, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Awesome video! Thanks for enlightening us about the changes! I had no clue and would have been lost without your excellent info. Thanks for making my life a bit easier! You ROCK!

Ilka

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10 Adrienne Smith
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September 22, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Ah thank you Ilka, SO glad this video was helpful. Guess you could hear some of the frustration in my voice too! I got online and wanted to work in my lists and couldn’t find how to do that. Darn them. At least I can get around again for the time being. That is until they change it once again.

Enjoy your day girl! :-)

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11 Julia September 22, 2011 at 11:09 AM

Hi Adrienne,

This video was really helpful! I realized also that I don’t know as much as I thought I did about facebook (apps on fb??) I understand updating, but it feels like it is way too often. It also feels like every time they change things everyone is annoyed about it. I wonder why they haven’t gotten the hint. I like things simple, which is not what internet and social media is all about! haha

Showing us on the video was a great idea! Thanks for helping me!

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12 Adrienne Smith
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September 22, 2011 at 11:28 AM

Hi Julia,

I’m happy to hear this video was helpful. Are you not familiar with the different apps you can use on Facebook? I don’t use too many because they give hackers a way in and you give other sites permission to see all your profile information. Just a few things wrong with those.

I’m with you, it’s like they are changing things around every four months or so. We get use to it being one way and they change it again. I’m not quite sure what they think they are accomplishing but I prefer simple and easy. They continue to make it complicated and then people get frustrated and sure enough they will bail.

Appreciate your thoughts on this. I like to get everyone else’s opinion on what they think of this recent update.

Have a great day Julia.

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13 Julia September 22, 2011 at 7:32 PM

I am so out of it when it comes to facebook! I just realized that “trip ” is an app. I guess I figured apps were only used on things like Iphones. haha Oh well, needless to say, your video helped me A LOT!

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14 Adrienne Smith
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September 22, 2011 at 8:27 PM

They have apps for everything now Julia. To me, they are confusing at times. Glad you got that clarified! :-)

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15 Julia September 22, 2011 at 7:32 PM

meant “trip advisor” was the app

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16 Angel September 22, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Yes, i always liked women do things,! also, i don’t like at all that one company or group or person, has all, or most of the power. Where you go for help if your camcorder is broken and there is only one camcorder repair service in town and you don’t get along with the boss? This is terrible in my opinion. Terrible, horrible, real rubish.!!

This is happening to Google about keywoord search, if i have interpreted well the info i heard, only these guys with power on all of us.!! Facebook the same in others issues.

Who gives them power? there should be ripe options in every field in the net. Are these the new dictatorships but now online?
Anyway, who gives them power? we, who can stop them for having that power,? we, and our choices. Let’s fight for excellent options for all of us in the net, i want to earn my living here, am i gonna have the same s*** here as well? no,no!

Great respect,
Angel

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17 Adrienne Smith
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September 22, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Hey Angel,

Women are just better organizers where I believe that most of the people who work there are just computer guys. They know how to write code and build sites but they don’t know how to make them user friendly.

The problem with Facebook and Google is that they were created by people and they run the company. Their sites are free so we, as free users, have to go by their rules or go elsewhere. That’s just part of life Angel. There are other sites than just Facebook and there are other search engines other than Google. Are they better? No. Will you move over? That’s totally up to you.

All I will continue to do here is share what I learn when they do makes changes. If I ever get to the point that I will no longer use them, my readers will be some of the first to hear about that. That you can be sure of.

Now, have a good day and don’t this kind of thing get the best of you. Think about the people you are connecting with and not the ease of use of the site.

Adrienne

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18 Angel September 22, 2011 at 12:26 PM

Adrienne i am making a test with this new e-mail adress, so give me sometime to sort this gravatar with my picture. Thanks.

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19 Adrienne Smith
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September 22, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Ah, a new email address. Hope you get that figured out soon! Be patient, it will all come into play.

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20 Jens P. Berget
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September 22, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I’m actually not using Facebook that much anymore, because of all their updates. I agree with you. They should hire more women. Women wouldn’t do this.

When I saw that you unhooked games from Carolyn, I was thinking that it would be awesome if I can unhook this for all my friends. Do you know if this is possible? Or do we need to do this on each of our friends?

Thanks a lot for the awesome video.

Jens

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21 Adrienne Smith
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September 22, 2011 at 1:50 PM

Hey Jens,

I hate to hear that because you can meet some wonderful people over there just like you have through blogging. You are definitely right though, put a woman in charge and we’ll fix that for you.

Unfortunately, you would have to do it for each individual profile. You don’t think they are going to make it that easy for you do you? But the way you can do it is if you happen to be on someone’s profile for some reason, uncheck at that time what notices you aren’t interested in seeing from them. At least you can start there.

Glad the video was helpful and hope you’ll stick around some more. :-)

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22 Jens P. Berget
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September 22, 2011 at 1:59 PM

I haven’t stopped using it entirely, and I probably never will (at least until most of my friends stops using it). But, I feel that I’m in no control when it comes to Facebook. They’re adding new features, and changing things all the time.. and I really want to know what I’m doing :)

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23 Adrienne Smith
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September 22, 2011 at 2:16 PM

That’s good to hear Jens. I know that their changes can be confusing and down right a pain in the a**… But hopefully my video is helpful and you can get around a little better. But don’t worry, they’ll change it again soon. They can’t seem to help themselves. :-(

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24 Carolyn
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September 23, 2011 at 8:25 PM

Jens, what the video doesn’t show is that Adrienne and I are in the same mob in Mafia Wars. She re-checked games for me right after the camera stopped rolling.

(Not really) :-D

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25 Adrienne Smith
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September 23, 2011 at 9:05 PM

Hahahahaha… That’s SO funny Carolyn!!! :-)

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26 Bryce Christiansen September 22, 2011 at 1:47 PM

It looks like they are trying to copy things from Google+ now. I don’t remember Facebook being so update crazy 6 months ago.

Thanks for the walkthrough. They really have made this a cluttered application now. No wonder it is getting such negative feedback.

Bryce

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27 Adrienne Smith
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September 22, 2011 at 1:54 PM

That’s exactly what they are doing Bryce. I think they are in panic mode not wanting Google to get the best of them. Little do they know they are driving a lot of people crazy with these updates and they may do more harm than good.

I agree, totally cluttered now with all this crap. They are making it very difficult to locate things and I have wasting time with stuff like that. Makes me not want to spend as much time there now.

Appreciate your thoughts on this.

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28 ANGEL
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September 22, 2011 at 1:49 PM

I think that the internet should grow in different ways than offline world. We all know that when some companies have all the power, little we can do. Who gives them the power? we,!! so we can do things for that s*** not to happen again, dictatorship online? no,no!!. Google, Facebook ,aren´t we make them have too much control and power?

great respect,
Angel

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29 Adrienne Smith
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September 22, 2011 at 1:58 PM

If people stop using their service then they will think otherwise. Me personally, I think they should do more surveys and actually see what the people want from their service. You know, ask the people actually using them.

If I open my own company though Angel, just like this is my blog, I have every right to run it the way I want and I’m the one who makes the rules. If my customers don’t like something and I end up getting more complaints or loosing readers because of certain things I am or am not doing, then it’s time for me to step up and pay attention and make some changes. But this is America and we have the right to do what we want with what belongs to us. At least we still do for the time being.

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30 Justin
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September 22, 2011 at 3:01 PM

Hi Adrienne,
I went onto FaceBook last night and saw all of the comments left by my friends who were not so happy with the changes. I will check out your video after this comment to learn how I am supposed to navigate and use the new Facebook changes.

Thanks for taking the time and saving us some time by making a video. :)

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31 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
September 22, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Hey Justin,

People are NOT very happy with all these recent changes so I can only assume what all your friends are saying. Since I was going to do one on the subscribe feature anyway, why not just go over all the recent changes now.

Hope you’ll find this video helpful. Send it on to anyone else you think it might help. You know me, I love to help! :-)

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32 Wilson Usman September 22, 2011 at 3:06 PM

Hi Adrienne, Thanks for the update, another Facebook update, what a surprise eh? I never thought they would do that to us. hahahaha

Great explanation, I appreciate you doing this video.

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33 Adrienne Smith
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September 22, 2011 at 3:09 PM

Hi Wilson,

Yeah, big surprise right! Another change, go figure!

Just when you get use to them they will change again. I’m not holding my breath though! I give them six months tops! :-)

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34 Mouh
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September 22, 2011 at 2:37 PM

The video was more than enough for me. :)

I have been online a lot lately as you know. So I didn’t have enough time to check all these changes. But I noticed some of them yesterday. I am not happy with them either. I don’t know whether I am unhappy about the changes themselves or just because I feel unfamiliar with them… You know how we feel when something changes, right?

I find some changes rather annoying. I don’t like the top story thing…

We’ll get used to these changes anyway. But after that, things are going to change again! :D

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35 Adrienne Smith
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September 22, 2011 at 3:04 PM

Hey Mouh! Hope you are doing well today!

You are SO right. I think at first it’s just the fact that they’ve made more changes. Then once you get use to them and learn where everything is again then you can decide if they made an improvement or not. I think it’s disorganized personally. The news feed stuff is distracting and there are a lot of things that were handy that I now have to go search for. Not happy with that change.

But don’t worry, change #260 will be here soon enough. They can’t seem to help themselves these days! ;-)

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36 Benny
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September 22, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Commenting on the new FB has been very popular! People resist change. FB has to try and keep up with Google+ and Twitter. I don’t mind the change that much. Maybe cause I don’t know exactlly what new features they’ve added. I’ve seen them but don’t know how to use them. I’ll have to watch your video when I get home from work.

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37 Adrienne Smith
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September 22, 2011 at 6:23 PM

You are right Benny, people don’t like change. I don’t mind it so much when it’s for the better. But when it’s not it’s just a royal pain.

Hope the video will be helpful. At least you’ll know how to get around and what features have changed. :-)

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38 Janet
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September 22, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Adrienne, aloha and thank you, thank you, thank you for doing this. When I saw the fb changes for the first time, two things happened almost simultaneously. The first was a silent scream and some unladylike language; the second, immediately following, was “man, I sure hope Adrienne does one of her tutorials pretty quickly; I need help.”

Adrienne, I chose now to even try to figure it out because I figured you would guide me through it. You did a beautiful job and I am excited to go make the appropriate adjustments. With you holding my hand, virtually, I can do this! Yeah!

Off to make changes and share your terrific video with the world. HUG ((Hugs)) for this. Adrienne, this is just of the many reasons why #YouMatter.

Thank you for explaining how I can once again use facebook. Until next time, aloha. Janet

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39 Adrienne Smith
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September 22, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Ah Janet, I’m laughing over here girl reading your comment. You sound like me… I did a little cussing at first thinking oh damn, not again! lol… Now I have to figure all of this out! But you had it right, my video to the rescue. :-) Just glad it was helpful.

Appreciate you sharing it and I hope others will find it helpful as well. Some changes are never fun but if we can understand them quicker than others then they aren’t so bad. We’ll get use to them over time.

Thanks Janet for the share and the #YouMatter! Back at ya girl! :-)

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40 Harleena Singh
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September 22, 2011 at 11:18 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Glad you showed us the right way about using the subscribe button! I did enable it on a few requests, though find that it fills up my wall often- guess would disable a few features from the list.

All this really gets to me too, I hate the number of changes they keep making and now more are in the pipeline. I wish they would just leave it as it is, or take a public opinion before really bringing about such changes. I am sure most of the people would not be liking these.

I feel they are a little insecure with Google+ picking up so well. Somehow I prefer Google+ any-day to Facebook now, because it is not as cluttered or congested as Facebook is getting now. Lets hope and pray that the changes made ahead would be better for everyone.

Thanks for sharing an awesome video :)

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41 Adrienne Smith
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September 23, 2011 at 12:45 PM

I agree with you Harleena, they should do a survey and get our opinion on the features since we are the ones using it. I think they would soon learn that we aren’t interested in the types of changes they are constantly making.

I think that’s their problem now. They are in competition with Google+ and trying to stay on top of things. Unfortunately for them, I think they are going to turn a lot of people off. Guess only time will tell.

Glad the video was helpful.

Have a great day! :-)

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42 sam September 22, 2011 at 11:43 PM

Nice Post,

Thanks Adrienne at least you ask about these changes from us . Really i am not happy even 10% from all these changes on Facebook when i was logged into Facebook i saw there were lots of change in that first thing was came in my mind there is some problem in my system but when after some time i got a call a from one of my friend she was asking me “hey have you checked Facebook then i said yes there are so many changes on that then i realized thank god my system is working properly and there are some new changes on Facebook.

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43 Adrienne Smith
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September 23, 2011 at 12:46 PM

It was a rude awakening for us all I’m afraid. All I could think of was damn, they’ve done it again. Now I have to figure all of this stuff out now! They are no way finished with changes and I’m sure they will continue to happen as time goes by. Buckle down is all I can say. We are in for a ride. :-)

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44 Ryan Biddulph September 23, 2011 at 4:43 AM

Hi Adrienne,

I’m not sure if the changes are improvements but I know this: change is good ;)

Whether on Facebook or anywhere, stirring things up is a great thing. Pushes us out of our comfort zones, forcing us to grow a bit, learn a little more, and embrace the inevitable…..that being, change.

Thanks!

Ryan

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45 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
September 23, 2011 at 12:53 PM

Hey Ryan,

I’m with you, change is good. It’s necessary for a lot of things but I wish they would stop continuously try to improve something that doesn’t need improving. Sure, if you want to add new features that’s understandable but to me they are now starting to try to on up Google+ and I think they are hurting themselves more than help.

But overall, change is a good thing and you are right. It pushes us out of our comfort zones and we all need that from time to time.

Thanks Ryan, appreciate your thoughts on this subject.

Hope you are enjoying your day.

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46 Hi Adrienne
Twitter:
September 23, 2011 at 11:30 AM

Hi Adrienne,
I enjoyed your video. You have a nice style to present things :)
Many people are not so enthusiastic about the new Facebook changes.. And yet there are aspects that are useful and others that don’t.. I’m sure they want somehow to make it more user friendly. Like any other people who became a success through work and evolution, Facebook too it’s a “personality” which changes little by little. The best part, it helps us change our perspective too.
I like the last change.. seeing your profile as one of your users:)

Thanks for the sharing these updates with us. I appreciate it all your information:)
Wish you all the best,
Radu

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47 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
September 23, 2011 at 1:07 PM

Hey Radu,

Thank you for saying that, I’m glad you enjoy the way I present things in videos. I personally learn better when it’s explained in simple and easy to understand terms.

Change is a must in order for things to continue moving forward. I just wish they wouldn’t keep “improving” areas that don’t need improving. To me the news feed is now way too cluttered and I hate that I have to now search to find things where I never did in the past. I still like Facebook though because I haven’t gotten use to Google+ yet. Just haven’t had time really.

My pleasure and I’ll continue to share things as they update and I figure them all out! :-)

Have a blessed day Radu.

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48 Jack
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September 23, 2011 at 1:38 PM

I want to say thank you for this. I appreciate your videos and the time you put into them. They are great and quite helpful.

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49 Adrienne Smith
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September 23, 2011 at 2:12 PM

You are so welcome Jack, glad you found it helpful. I appreciate you letting me know, that means a lot.

Hope you are enjoying your day!

Adrienne

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50 igorgriffiths
Twitter:
September 23, 2011 at 2:24 PM

Hi Adrienne

You sounded like a war correspondant, lol. ‘Well the situation is a little confusing at the moment…”

It does seem like we are waging a battle with them every quarter, I know they analyse the data for feature use and screen area activity but really they should step back and consider the human element in all of this.

Luckily I rarely go into the main site, as I use Hootsuite to monitor the major parts but with all the confusion this must be a dream period criminals

igor

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51 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
September 23, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Hey Igor,

I felt like one too you know! I caught myself saying so, so, so!!! But I wasn’t going to go back and shoot it again. Every time I thought I was done I was finding something else. Guess you could tell I was still figuring this all out myself. :-)

They are fixing to make yet another major change and the layout of the profile will totally change. It’s coming, just not sure how soon.

I don’t use a third party software for Facebook, I’m a more hands on person myself. So count yourself safe in that respect because it’s not pretty over here. :-(

Thanks Igor, appreciate your input.

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52 Fred Tracy
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September 23, 2011 at 2:44 PM

Great video Adrienne, I like the transition and zoom and effects.

When I first heard your voice, I paused the video to visit your about page to find out where you’re from. I could’ve guessed it – Texas. I’m from Oklahoma, and a lot of people around here have that nice Southern twang too.

As for Facebook, well, the funniest thing is that they put a stream in the top right of the screen. I guess now we can Facebook while weFacebook?

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53 Adrienne Smith
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September 23, 2011 at 3:07 PM

Hey Fred,

I hate it when people do screen capture videos and are pointing their mouse at something yet never zooming in so we can see what the heck they are pointing at. I find that annoying myself so I try to do that for everyone.

lol… Aha!! You’re an Okie! Yep, we all kind of have that same twang. Was mine too bad? You know I totally don’t see it because I don’t have that huge southern drawl like some people do. Which is why I still laugh when people give me such a hard time.

The stream up at the right is everything your friends are doing even if they are liking something or telling us they are headed to the bathroom. Luckily you can shut all that off in the subscribe feature either directly on their page or by hovering over their name. So we now have two streams going at the same time. What fun! :-)

Thanks Fred, appreciate your comment.

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54 Fred Tracy
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September 23, 2011 at 3:10 PM

Holy crap you replied really fast. Haha yes I can tell, but I’ve heard really bad drawls being from Oklahoma and all. I’d imagine you still sound pretty country to some of those “yankees.”

Yeah I’m going to have to turn off that stupid feed. Take it easy.

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55 Adrienne Smith
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September 23, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Ha ha ha!!! Yep, I was online checking my comments so I do like to respond to them as soon as I can. :-)

I do sound country, you are right but to me, but that real bad drawl is how I define country. Oh well!

I’ve turned off quite a few of those feeds myself already. Have a long way to go though! Have fun Fred!

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56 Bill Dorman
Twitter:
September 23, 2011 at 2:57 PM

It’s hard to say because I don’t spend the same amount of time on FB. Every time I go there it seems I am clicking on new stuff, so I just keep clicking away…..I’m hoping there are not any oops in there.

FB used to be strictly personal for me; I knew the majority of my friends in some shape, form or fashion. Just in the past couple of months it is now really starting to blend with my twitter crowd as well, which has been kind of cool. Now all my friends can see how cosmopolitan I am especially with the global reach I now have on twitter………:).

Thanks for sharing, just let me know when I’m supposed to be ‘really’ paying attention.

I hope you have a great weekend my friend.

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57 Adrienne Smith
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September 23, 2011 at 4:26 PM

If you don’t spend a lot of time there then it can really be a confusing place. Every time you open something else, it’s changed I hate that!

I bet you have new people wanting to be your friend all the time now BIll. I know what you mean, people just asking out of the blue but what I don’t like is they never carry on a conversation with me. That’s why I’m thinning them back out now.

More changes are coming so stay tuned! :-) You have a wonderful weekend yourself.

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58 Carolyn
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September 23, 2011 at 8:35 PM

Those changes look really cool. And who is that Carolyn person? Can I subscribe to her?

Thanks so much Adrienne for this very helpful video and for the shoutout. I love your videos that explain everything so clearly. My girls watched the video with me. Thanks for the commentary too! Glad it was “G” rated, I’m sure that was difficult.

I am looking forward to you explaining the next round of Facebook changes to us. I had to laugh during your video when you talked about the next round of changes coming soon. Boy, were you right!

Loved your video. Zite did too, my friend. You’re batting 100% with Zite still. Maybe you should do a video on how to get 100% of your articles on Zite!

Well done. I hope you have an awesome weekend!

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59 Adrienne Smith
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September 23, 2011 at 9:10 PM

That Carolyn person is SO cool, you definitely want to check her out! She shares the coolest stuff about tech. I learn SO much from her! :-)

I have to watch myself sometimes and remember that this is going out for anyone to see! Glad you and the girls checked it out. Thought using you as an example would be okay with you. Don’t worry, I like to check out everything you share.

I had heard that this isn’t all and then I go over to your blog and low and behold, you share with me exactly what’s coming. Oh my! I hate to continuously update my training site because that’s a lot of work only for them to change some more stuff. So when is that change coming do you know for sure?

Zite is still loving me? Oh my goodness. Okay, so I’m not exactly sure how I could do that video since I don’t know how I got there in the first place. I continue to scratch my head over that one since your write about tech stuff on every post where I don’t. But, I’m not complaining. I’ll take all I can get. Maybe you can shoot a video on that. Got any ideas?

Thanks Carolyn and I appreciate the humor! You have a good weekend too! Do something fun..

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60 Bill Dorman
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September 24, 2011 at 7:21 AM

I’ve heard about her too……

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61 Carolyn
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September 24, 2011 at 1:45 PM

Everything you have heard about me is true. I swear. :-0

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62 Carolyn
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September 24, 2011 at 1:55 PM

Hey Adrienne, I was very flattered that you used my site. I was watching your video with my girls (they were interested in learning about Facebook too) and so we were all thrilled when my page came up on your video!

No word yet on when the changes are coming. Some have gone into effect already. Timeline will be available to those who sign up but Facebook hasn’t even told us yet how to sign up.

Zite says they use a sophisticated algorithm to choose what articles are posted to your home page. They don’t reveal what parameters they use, but they sure do like you. Zite has excellent taste!

My article on the Facebook changes appeared on Zite with the picture of Mark Zuckerberg and Andy Sandberg. It’s hilarious they chose that picture because the title of that article is “Sharing is Caring?” and the picture is of these two smiling guys with their arms around each others’ shoulders. I laughed out loud when I saw that. It didn’t look like a tech article!

Tomorrow I’m going to a reception at a local science museum called “Wine and Dinosaurs”. I had no idea that’s what killed off the dinosaurs, did you?

I’m glad you get to make more training videos! I love them. I’m going to send a Facebook message to Mark Zuckerberg asking him to make even more changes so I get to see more of your incredible videos. I’m going to cc Zite on that message. ;-p

Have a great one!

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63 Adrienne Smith
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September 24, 2011 at 2:16 PM

I don’t think I’m going to be one of those signing up. I have enough to do already so figuring out all that stuff up front is not something I’m really interested in although it probably would be helpful for me showing others as it progresses. We’ll see.

That’s interesting that Zite uses a sophisticated algorithm to chose what posts will go on their site. I still find it funny that not all of my posts are “tech” related, showing people how to do things yet they continue to show up on their Zite. I’m totally flattered and blown away.

See, Zite is getting your stuff too but since the algorithm to choosing the posts they probably felt that it was tech related. I would love to know what their definition of tech is. That would be extremely helpful.

That sounds like fun, “Wine and Dinosaurs”. Guess that means that you get to drink lots of wine while you learn what killed off the dinosaurs. lol…

Very funny my friend, very funny… Just tell Mark to not make his changes so difficult for me to figure out or I might not be able to do a quick video on them before everyone else already figures out how to get around in there. :-)

Have a great weekend and have fun at the museum! Can’t wait to hear all about it.

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64 Carolyn
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September 24, 2011 at 2:46 PM

I should make clear that my home page of Zite is about tech because that is what I like to read most on Zite. If you’re into fashion, photography, world news, etc. you will have a much different home page than mine.

I’m thinking almost all of the articles I’ve seen from your blog on Zite have been tech related, except for the one honoring 9/11 victims. So it’s not surprising you’re on my Zite home page.

It’s very impressive that all of your articles appear there. You are schooling Mashable, Tech Crunch, The iPhone Blog, Ars Technika, All Things D, The New York Times, Forbes, The Guardian, etc.

You must be a tech blogger, Adrienne. How can you argue with a “sophisticated algorithm?” :-)

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65 Adrienne Smith
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September 24, 2011 at 3:01 PM

I didn’t think that Zite was all about tech but knowing that’s what you like I’m surprised I keep showing up there. Again, we have a different definition of what tech is but I’m not going to complain at all. I hope my posts are showing up on a lot more Zite sites as well. I’ll keep my fingers crossed about that.

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66 Carolyn
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September 23, 2011 at 8:41 PM

I forgot to mention that women did start and run a social media site prior to Facebook called iVillage. I used to be the Community Leader for some message boards there, but they were bought by NBC a few years ago and the feeling of the place really changed.

I’m thinking the best people to run a social media site would be a combination of men and women, each bringing their special qualities to the site.

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67 Adrienne Smith
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September 23, 2011 at 9:12 PM

I remember that site. I wasn’t involved in it but I remember being introduced to it all the time.

Men might be a lot better at the programming and stuff where women would be much more organized and know how to make those sites user friendly. These guys just don’t seem to be too good at that stuff. Don’t you agree?

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68 Carolyn
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September 24, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Adrienne, I have to respectfully disagree with you, my friend. The most user-friendly tech device I know of is probably the iPad, designed by mostly men. And I regard Facebook as much more user friendly than iVillage was.

I don’t like to generalize based upon gender. Some people in the tech community aren’t too receptive to the idea that a woman can know much about tech. While I can feel satisfaction in proving them wrong, I would rather not have to.

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69 Adrienne Smith
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September 24, 2011 at 2:10 PM

Since I don’t have an iPad, I can’t agree or disagree with you on that one Carolyn. I’ll have to take your word for it. As far as women go with being able to make things more user friendly! I guess I should have included in that phrase that they have to be organized and have a sense of what people want. Guess I should have been more clear on that. You are right, just throw anyone on there and more disaster can definitely happen.

I know very few tech guys that know much beyond tech. Putting it all together and in place, they totally rely on whoever they are doing the work for to point them in the right direction. That I have seen first hand. While you are correct that not all women have that talent as well, you probably can admit that the majority of them do. Or I would like to hope they do. :-)

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70 Daca September 24, 2011 at 6:29 AM

Hello, Adrienne
I am glad you mentioned this update. I must admit, I am not satisfied with this change at all. I agree that we all need to work on our pages, trying to improve things, but I really hate to see that they change it in bad direction instead of good. Everything is just too complicated, you have to search for everything and the worse part are settings – everything is just too confusing. Plus, there are some options missing. I am quite disappointed.

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71 Adrienne Smith
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September 24, 2011 at 12:30 PM

Hi Daca,

I agree with you but there are even more changes coming I’m afraid. So it’s kind of like everything else. We wither adapt or we go someplace else. I have a feeling most people will stick around and just gripe their way through it. I know there isn’t anything we can do about it but I just know a lot of people are thrilled with this latest update.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this as well.

Adrienne

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72 Dia September 24, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Hi Adrienne,

I guess I might be one of the minority that liked most of the new changes. ;) For me, now it looks more organized that it was before. The only thing that I don’t like so far is the way they did their privacy options. It seems now Facebook is less private than before. There are positives and negatives for new features. Thanks for sharing my friend.

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73 Adrienne Smith
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September 24, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Hey Dia,

You liked the changes and you really think it’s more organized? So the double streams don’t bother you? You felt that locating the lists, the birthday announcements and the events was easier to find? Wow, we do really think differently don’t we! I found them confusing to located my self. Not in plain site really. Like everyone is going to instantly know that you have to click on a gift box or a calendar date! For people that don’t know, they aren’t as easy to locate. I like seeing the lists myself.

Thanks for your view on this though. See, we all think differently.

Adrienne

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74 Faissal Alhaithami
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September 24, 2011 at 2:57 PM

Adrienne, this is the first video i watch for you!! seriously, you rock it.

anyway, I don’t know why most of the people hate the changes!! I actually love them, more changes will come soon and the timeline is one big thing that you will need to cover in a whole video, hope you’ll create a video for it when it officially launched.

Thanks a lot for the post i find it so helpful.

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75 Adrienne Smith
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September 24, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Ah thanks Faissal! Glad you enjoyed it! :-)

I know more changes are coming so you can be sure I’ll be doing another video when those occur. If I find some of them confusing you know others will too as well. So you liked the changes! You are one of the few my friend.

Appreciate you stopping by! Hope to see you again soon.

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76 Warren
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September 25, 2011 at 9:05 AM

Well I am in the same boat as many of the others and have come close to giving up on Facebook other than my fan page (I do log in if I get a message) and as such wasn’t much in the mood to bother figuring anything about it out. I being a loyal AS reader of course had to watch the video! :)

I am glad I can now “unsubscribe” from those darn games that everyone plays and feels the need to share with everyone else.
Do you know if there is a way to simply bulk unsubscribe from a category (like games)???

Thanks Adrienne, and cool video. Like the others mentioned you did an awesome job with the panning and zooming! :)

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77 Adrienne Smith
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September 25, 2011 at 12:09 PM

You aren’t the only one Warren who is pretty tired with all these sudden changes. Beware my friend, more are coming. Not sure how they will affect Fan pages but they will really change the look of the profile pages forever.

Facebook make things simple and easy for us? Are you serious? No bulk unsubscribe as of this moment. I’m thinking that they expect us to not want to see some things from some people while we might from others. I hope they implement something like that soon. That would save us all a lot of time.

Thanks Warren, glad you liked that. I aim to please :-)

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78 Kesha Brown
Twitter:
September 25, 2011 at 11:49 AM

You know what though, Adrienne, I’m really not a Facebook user anymore (based on previous security changes I didn’t like) so I really don’t care (#teamtwitter) :-)

And you’re right, regardless if Facebook is now trying to be MySpace/Twitter/Google+ all in one, we either like it or move on. I see a lot of people complaining but still using it. I wish I had some stock in Facebook for real!

~Kesha

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79 Adrienne Smith
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September 25, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Did you give up on your personal profile? I see you still have your fan page. Love them or hate them though, they are still huge right now.

You definitely aren’t the only one who isn’t happy with a lot of the changes. I don’t like the privacy issues either.

I have a feeling that until a lot more people start heading someplace else, people will stay and gripe. They have to follow the pack! Me, I do what I want. But for the sake of helping others, I’ll remain.

Thanks Kesha for the comment and for your help. I really appreciate it! :-)

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80 Kesha Brown
Twitter:
September 25, 2011 at 12:42 PM

No, I still have my personal profile and go in daily to say happy birthday to folks, create a status ever so often and contact people out the blue whom I haven’t spoken to in awhile. But I’m not a heavy user like I used to be. I probably only spend about 15 minutes on FB a day if that. I spend more time on twitter (maybe too much time!).

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81 Adrienne Smith
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September 25, 2011 at 12:44 PM

I know that Twitter is working for you so that’s all that matters right.

So that’s good that you’ve cut down your time on Facebook. I have a feeling that more and more people may be doing the same thing with all these changes. People will try new sites and see how those are. I don’t spend nearly as much time on there as I use to either. But I use it to connect with others as well and do the happy birthday thing too! Makes them feel special. :-)

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82 Joanne Cipressi
Twitter:
September 25, 2011 at 10:34 PM

Adrienne,

I am not very happy with the changes. There is too much to pay attention to now. I am keeping my personal account though because of my fan and group pages, as well as some of the connections. I have to be on there regularly for my client’s accounts, so I truly appreciate this video as it saved me some time experimenting myself. :)

Hope you enjoy your week! :)

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83 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
September 26, 2011 at 9:15 AM

Hi Joanne,

I don’t think the changes were really much of an improvement myself. Some people are happy with them but the majority of what I have heard, not so much. I can understand sticking around though because of the relationships you already have built up. I’m happy to hear that this video was helpful in at least understanding a little more about it. More changes are coming, just not sure exactly when. So, you can count on me to fill you in when they do!

Have a very enjoyable week Joanne. :-)

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84 Vic September 25, 2011 at 11:10 PM

Hi Adrienne,

Thanks for the facebook video, it was very informative. You saved me about 2-3 hours of having to fool around with it myself to figure it out. That can be soo annoying. :)

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85 Adrienne Smith
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September 26, 2011 at 9:16 AM

Hey Vic,

Yeah, it took me about that long to figure some of it out! :-) Glad I was able to save others that annoying time as well. So, jump on in there my friend and have fun.

Hope you have an enjoyable week Vic!

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86 Julie September 26, 2011 at 3:10 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Yes, FB changes … I did have a moan the other day about it and was pleased to find others felt the same. It does get annoying, I’m starting to get to the point where I can not be bothered with FB and it’s ‘updates’ anymore as they’re just too often and it’s not exactly for any great or small improvement.

Thanks for showing us around the FB home panels Adrienne, it does help but as you say – for how long!

Take Care
Julie :-)

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87 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
September 26, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Hey Julie,

It just seems like they are coming way too often and I myself find it very annoying. To me, if you are going to update their site to make it more “user friendly”, why not do them all at the same time! More are coming down the road and your personal profile layout will totally change as well. Not sure when all this will take place but we have been warned. Oh boy! :-(

Have a great week Julie and thanks for stopping by. Always nice to see you.

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88 Jimmy/Life Architect
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September 26, 2011 at 2:12 AM

Ok Adrienne, I must confess again. I know very little about FB. But I think I will eventually get to it. Now, I am already busy enough figuring out installing Twitter and a subscription service on my site. When the time comes for FB, I hope that you will help me again.

Cheers

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89 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
September 26, 2011 at 9:18 AM

Hey Jimmy,

Yeah, you have your hands full with other things right now but when you jump over to Facebook and have problems figuring things out, just revert back to this video and I’m sure it will help.

Have fun! :-)

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90 Barry Wells
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September 26, 2011 at 7:49 AM

Hi Adrienne, thanks for the video tour. I really needed it ;)

Being new on Facebook I was really quite thrown by the recent changes and just got on with what I had to do and then came away again.

Once I have sorted todays work load out I’ll get over there and have a little play around.

These changes are annoying, especailly as I have only just got used to the old set up. But as you say, there’s no point getting wound up about it as it’s pointless and serves no purpose.

Thanks again for the video Adrienne.

Have a great week, Barry

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91 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
September 26, 2011 at 9:24 AM

Hey Barry,

You are so welcome, hope it made your life a little easier.

I know what you mean. When you are new or just finding your way around, that’s when Facebook loves to make changes. Totally revamp things and confuse us even more. But getting all out of whack isn’t going to change the fact that they are here to stay. Oh, and more are on the way too so stay tuned.

You have fun playing around. Have a good week too! You are in need of one! :-)

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92 Marcus Baker
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October 3, 2011 at 1:44 AM

Hi Adrienne,

Since I was dealing with enough personal change, when FB came out with changes yet again, I have to be honest I just walked away form the site for a bit so I could just focus on ME first.

Now ready to venture back I knew you had done this video so this is where I came first to find out more.

I have to say I am finding FB’s continual changes tiresome. Maybe these will be for the best and time will tell. It seems to me they have people employed who do nothing more than think about what to change next.

They also don’t appear to canvass any membership feedback but then maybe they do and I am not aware of this.

Instead of spending so much time often changing what works they really should devote their time to working out how they can improve the site’s abysmal security.

Okay enough whining from me. FB will be what it is and I know more now for having visited your post. Thank you.

~Marcus

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93 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
October 3, 2011 at 10:06 AM

Hey Marcus,

I don’t blame you and you aren’t the only one. It just kind of gets frustrating at times I agree.

I 100% agree with you Marcus. The changes come way too often and I wish they would ask for feedback before implementing so many changes but like you said, maybe they are but we just aren’t aware. They just seem to be way too often and I personally don’t see them necessarily for the better.

They are going to do what they want to do and we either suck it up and move on or find another place to play!

Thanks Marcus, I appreciate your honesty! Glad to hear we aren’t the only ones not that happy!

~Adrienne

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94 Mandy
Twitter:
October 3, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Every time they change Facebook it throw me completely because I really don’t get to grips with new stuff too quickly. I do agree with Carolyn about Facebook needing input from more women to make it more balanced and people friendly, although I find even my male friends moan about the changes so these techy men aren’t even catering for their own gender en masse.

Great video, Adrienne, I found the profile part really useful, thank you.

Enjoy the journey.

Mandy

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95 Ana January 8, 2012 at 9:03 AM

I think it’s ridiculous that Facebook is trying to stay one step ahead of G+ by rushing with these not-so-user-friendly updates, Adrienne.

Still – their playground, their rules.

PS Sounds like you’ve been sending some readers to my blog – THANK YOU.

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96 Adrienne Smith
Twitter:
January 8, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Well hey Ana… Great to see you again.

I know that Facebook has every right to do whatever the heck they want and we all should just appreciate that they are letting us use them for free. But that doesn’t mean I can’t be frustrated from time to time and kind of lost too! But I do it all in jest because I know a lot of people can relate. Maybe it’s my age Ana. lol…

Absolutely, you are the go to woman for all things traffic and I do love sharing helpful information with my readers. I certainly don’t claim to know it all but I do love to help them learn. I just appreciate all the valuable content you share with us as well. So thank you for that Ana and I have no doubt you’ll keep knocking them dead in 2012.

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97 Ana Hoffman January 8, 2012 at 9:06 AM

PS Is your KeywordName feature working?

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98 Adrienne Smith
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January 8, 2012 at 10:40 AM

I don’t have it activated… Was getting a LOT of trash so I turned that function off.

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