Just so you know, Facebook didn’t make the changes for users, who use the site for free. They did it for advertisers who are hoping to get their messages in front of your eyeballs. It’s the same model as television. Provide the content for free so that audiences show up to consume, then charge advertisers for the benefit of getting their products in front of those consumers.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about the response to those changes. One person in the comments section said:
Google+ here I come.
Can Facebook afford to lose a few free users? Sure, if they make up for it in revenue. Believe me, they have some smart people on their board. They’re counting on losing a few users. But they’re also counting on increasing their advertising revenues.
Here’s another person’s reaction, a more positive spin:
I was not crazy about it until I installed the “Timeline” format on my wall…OMG It is awesome. And has a little more eye candy. It is now a look at your life in chronological order. Sweet 🙂
Interestingly, in the demographic data, liberal and progressive users, whilst still leaning heavily toward the “don’t like it” category, are more in favor of the changes than conservatives who tend to be pro free market.
Of all the demographic data provided by the poll numbers, the only group that is overwhelmingly for the changes are people working in the information technology sector. IT professionals are 57% in favor of the changes and 43% against. The rest of us, I guess, will just have to suck it up and drive on.