This comment is in response to a very good article I read on TechCrunch. Couldn’t reply there.
Five Things Facebook Should Change IMMEDIATELY
Couldn’t agree more on most of the issues you mentioned. I could dig deeper actually. Major issues with groups. They have removed most of the “old” group features such as discussions, photo page, etc. One of the most useful things about groups IMO. It’s almost like they are pushing everyone to use pages because they are Open?? Can’t take candy from a baby Facebook, because there is gonna be some whining involved.
The new photo viewer has an unfinished feel to it. Almost like they threw it out there before it was ready. I personally thought the old photo viewing pages were just fine. However, I do like the ajax part of it and that when you close it you are right where you were and don’t have to navigate back.
Considering that I usually like most of Facebook’s changes (up until the last few months), I decided to opt-in to the new messages. ONE SIZE does not fit all Facebook. Really disappointed with the lack of options, but I am stuck with it. Give your users some options. I don’t want all my chats archived in my message folder. Give me an option to go on or off record like Google Chat/Talk.
Regarding Tabs, I agree wholeheartedly. I don’t won’t the stupid configuration options that MySpace has (never used MySpace btw), but at least give the user some options. It’s common sense. If a user’s profile page is more useful to them THEY WILL USE IT MORE.
It’s like Facebook doesn’t even look at the popularity/analytics of some of these features they have removed.
I think IFrames for Pages is a great idea, but why do you have to choose between FBML and Iframes? Can’t they both co-exist? Iframes is the way of the future no doubt though. Will allow business to sell directly from their FB pages, which before was very difficult, and not many companies at all had managed to keep the whole transaction within Facebook.