More than 1.7 million Facebook users have joined a protest against another redesign of the popular social networking site, in one of the biggest consumer revolts seen in the online world. The group is pleading with the social network to “make small changes and make the transition easier to deal with.”
Facebook has redesigned its layout (second time in a year), in order to better compete with upcoming popular real-time microblogging service Twitter. But with the transition to the new interface complete, Facebook has fallen under heavy criticism this weekend for not listening to the wishes of its users, who vehemently protested against the change to the new layout. Also making its pages more advertiser friendly.
Opponents of the new design say it clutters their home page with updates from people they don’t care about, while also limiting the number of features available to users.
Facebook has acknowledged the criticism, but so far has declined to take any action.
“The new Facebook home page is one step in the continued evolution of the site, designed to give people more ways to share and filter all types of content, such as status updates, photos, videos, notes and more,” the company said in a statement.
“We are listening carefully to what people are saying about the new home page through a variety of channels and are committed to using it to inform how we build and improve the site for everyone.”