This is the New Facebook

Facebook is doing its best to blow the minds of developers and users today at their F8 conference. Of course, over the last few days, all they have really accomplished was upsetting their user base with dramatic and seemingly unnecessary changes to the Facebook user experience.

Today they unleashed the future of a Facebook profile. It looks slick, fun, interesting and very narcissistic. The new Facebook is the old Myspace.

Next is a screen capture of what an entire profile will look like. Curious to see how this affects people with lower quality Internet access, the amount of content on these new profiles isΒ tremendous. If you were to print this out at full resolution, it would be 12 inches by 40 inches. As just a JPEG image, with no other rich content, you’re looking at 500-750 KB of data. Sure hope you’re not stuck on 3G, crappy DSL or dial-up.

I won’t deny that it looks awesome and will allow so many other companies to profit and explode through Facebook. As a marketer, I see this and go, “Crap! This is the data-mining Holy Grail.” Do you have any idea how much more information advertisers and marketers like myself will be able to scrape to find conversions? This is brilliant, this is awesome.

This is bad for consumers. Think Wall-E. We get to live in this beautiful space ship, lounge around and enjoy a life of fun and entertainment. Only thing we give up is freedom. No big.

Oh well, I’d rather know what you think. Share your thoughts in the comments!

Oh, and for what it’s worth, here’s the new Myspace launching super soon. They too are pushing integrated video and music into profile with shared listening and playlists. Music has always been what made Myspace different. We’ll see if indie bands can make Facebook their new Myspace Pure Volume.

And some food for thought. A comparision of New Facebook to Myspace. It really goes to show how much smarter the Facebook layout is not just based on looks for the user but how much easier it is to navigate. Notice there are no advertisements in the Facebook profile they demoed today.

That’s really interesting to me. Myspace currently puts two ads on my profile. Facebook doesn’t seem to need to since they are so tightly integrating major companies that might ordinarily advertise as features. No longer is it a Netflix ad, it is a Netflix app, and we thank them for it.

As far as usability, Facebook is killing Myspace, even the new, soon to be released Myspace. So take that into consideration when thinking about these changes and what it means for each of these companies. One will, presumably, continue to sail upwards while the other…

Application placement on Facebook is two folds above Myspace.

36 thoughts on “This is the New Facebook

  1. @justex07 I’m tired of Facebook’s constant changes – their purpose is to match Google+, not about enhancing user experience.

  2. @justex07 I’m tired of Facebook’s constant changes – their purpose is to match Google+, not about enhancing user experience.

  3. @teddyrised oh yeah? What do you think of my analysis of the evolution of a photographer (as one yourself)?

  4. @teddyrised oh yeah? What do you think of my analysis of the evolution of a photographer (as one yourself)?

  5. @justex07 You made me hang my head in shame. My first HDR photos look like they’ve passed through the intestines of Saturation Monster.

  6. @justex07 You made me hang my head in shame. My first HDR photos look like they’ve passed through the intestines of Saturation Monster.

  7. @teddyrised they are definitely doing some catching up, mixing infographical profiles with Google+ features and external app craziness.

  8. @teddyrised they are definitely doing some catching up, mixing infographical profiles with Google+ features and external app craziness.

  9. @teddyrised haha, no reason to hang your head in shame, it’s all a part of artistic growth πŸ˜€ I did the same thing, see bottom right photo!

  10. @teddyrised haha, no reason to hang your head in shame, it’s all a part of artistic growth πŸ˜€ I did the same thing, see bottom right photo!

  11. @justex07 At least it looks better than mine. I started off with normal photog, discoveed HDR, panorama, panorama-HDR, infrared…

  12. @justex07 At least it looks better than mine. I started off with normal photog, discoveed HDR, panorama, panorama-HDR, infrared…

  13. @justex07 Now I’m riding the wave of post-processing my photos to look like scanned films πŸ˜›

  14. @justex07 Now I’m riding the wave of post-processing my photos to look like scanned films πŸ˜›

  15. @teddyrised Panorama is step eleven under “Time for clichΓ© night/strobe/bokeh/long exposure photography” πŸ˜€

  16. @teddyrised Panorama is step eleven under “Time for clichΓ© night/strobe/bokeh/long exposure photography” πŸ˜€

  17. @teddyrised if you were shooting true Infrared (not a photoshop plugin) then you are leap-frogging most who don’t’ even know what it is.

  18. @teddyrised if you were shooting true Infrared (not a photoshop plugin) then you are leap-frogging most who don’t’ even know what it is.

  19. @justex07 I still do panorama sporadically, but not as often as I did. Plus, I recently dived into film photography.

  20. @justex07 I still do panorama sporadically, but not as often as I did. Plus, I recently dived into film photography.

  21. @teddyrised haha, sounds like step 4 re: post-processing digital into faux film. At least you have shot with film, many photogs haven’t!

  22. @teddyrised haha, sounds like step 4 re: post-processing digital into faux film. At least you have shot with film, many photogs haven’t!

  23. @justex07 I just got two rolls of film processed, sent them off for scanning. I need to invested in a decent flatbed scanner soon!

  24. @justex07 I just got two rolls of film processed, sent them off for scanning. I need to invested in a decent flatbed scanner soon!

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