Upcoming Facebook Changes

There are some changes coming up with Facebook. If you already use Facebook, then you’re already familiar with the “like” buttons, well they are going to be popping up all over the web. When you click the “like” button on these other pages, the page or photo will show up in your Facebook news feed. This has its good points and bad points.

Good points: You will be able to share valuable content from other websites to your followers, which brings us to the bad points: Facebook is already cluttered with Farmville, Mafia Wars, and other flashgame spam in your friends newsfeeds, which thankfully you can block, but if you have a friend that is the type that will click the “like” button on everything they come across on the web, then your facebook will just be more congested.

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The facebook logo

Also your friends profile pictures will start showing up all over the web on the articles they have clicked “like” on. This is either going to make Facebook unstoppable, or will kill it.

Also Facebook and Microsoft are partnering together and stating a site called docs.com, which is a document creation and sharing website that integrates with Microsoft Office and Facebook. You log into Docs using your facebook account.

Once there you and your facebook friends can collaborate on documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. The site is still in the early beta stage. It appears they are going directly after Google Docs. Google Docs does the same thing. I am a huge fan of Google Docs and use it constantly. Maybe Facebook is trying to be the next Google….getting involved in everything and anything they can get their hands on. If they do this right and its stable, this could be a good thing, but if it’s made sloppy and intragration is horrible, I don’t think it will take off.

The one reason I will not use this is security. How often do we hear about Facebook accounts being hacked? Very often….Google accounts? Very rare. Until security is improved and docs.com offers something significantly better than Google Docs, I won’t be making the switch.

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