I am a daily user of Facebook. I love the idea of having the world at the tips of my fingers, but sometimes Facebook comes up with updates that drive me crazy and makes its use a bit unpleasant for me. Please keep in mind that this is my personal opinion, maybe some of you really find a good use of these features.
I am using Facebook mostly on my phone. I have a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge running Android 7.0 and I have the latest updates installed on the Facebook App and the Messenger App. I wanted to specify this because I think that the apps differ a little on iPhone or if you don’t have the latest updates installed.
I love Snapchat for the idea of posting pictures that automatically delete after 24h and the fact that the application gives you permission to see them only for a few seconds. When Instagram took over this idea I thought that is a good thing because Instagram is a social network for visual media. Even though I don’t use this feature of Instagram very much, I don’t dislike it. But since the idea was so popular, Facebook decided to add it to the Messenger app. It was weird for me, because I use Facebook for getting my news, information and chatting, but I don’t disagree with it, I sometimes use it too. Too bad that with this feature they changed the old Messenger display which I loved. Then, they decided to add it on the Facebook app too, which for me it was way too much. It doesn’t sync with the Messenger app, so you post different pictures basically everywhere and people use it way more frequently on Messenger there than here. It is very annoying because it takes up space on the screen and it is clearly a sign that Facebook is trying way too much.
It was a great idea to merge the Messenger with SMS. I use it and it’s very easy for me to have both SMS and Facebook chats in the same app. The problem I have with it is that since they added My day to the app, to access my SMS messages I only have a small button between a very large search box and my profile picture it’s very hard to touch it. The overall design of the app should be reconsidered to make it easy to utilize or maybe add a option to customize it.
I love reactions. When I first saw them on posts, I was very happy. It’s more engaging into the whole Facebook experience, but the fact that they added it as an option for comments and inside chats for messages. Instead of doing they they should really consider adding a dislike button. If used correctly it could help us which content is good quality and whic is bad (we all know how much irrelevant information or hateful messages there are on Facebook).
When I first saw this feature I thought that Facebook will separate all the video content from my feed, but unfortunately they didn’t. I can find videos both on my normal newsfeed and in the video section, so it makes it useless for me. Also, videos take up a lot of mobile data taffic so is less likely people watch them that much, the focus mainly on the articles and pictures. So, if they would properly separate videos from text/pictures I would find it useful, but since it doesn’t, I really find it useless.
These are the major things I dislike on Facebook and things that make me think that they are really trying too hard. Don’t get me wrong, they are new and innovative features, and since social media is a big part of our life, it’s normal to try and make it more appealing, but Facebook should really reconsider some of them.
I am curious if you agree with me? What annoys you the most about Facebook and what do you think they should change? Let me know in the comments below.