Friday, April 03, 2009

pulse of mass opinion

I like the Facebook redesign. In particular, I like that my feed now consists of two-way conversations between friends, rather than mostly one-way sharing of photos and profile changes. I used to get my conversation fix from FriendFeed, but early on in the site's evolution, friend-of-friend strangers got added to my feed and the signal to noise ratio became too low for me.

I've been seeing around the blogosphere reports of haters for the new Facebook UI. Much like every other redesign, there is an anti-redesign Facebook group with a million people, etc. I want to know the actual pulse of the people, and whether the dissenters are a vocal minority vs. widespread! I want to go to a site and see a clear percentage breakdown of who likes it vs. hates it.

In general, for any controversial issue that I'm curious about (abortion, gay rights, No Name Cafe food quality), I want to go to a site and see the pulse of public opinion about it.

I hope one of these prediction market sites will take over and become used by everyone, to satisfy this purpose. I've seen them used within private contexts, and they were very effective in showing what the crowd thinks.

6 comments:

ArC said...

I miss being able to comment on wall entries directly, rather than making it a wall to wall conversation...

William said...

I don't know if this answers your question - http://apps.facebook.com/layoutvote/

Juan Pablo said...

I always love site redesigns, well not always.
This time, I didnt love it. Maybe its not the design, but the way my home page become a garbage collector. Now the info I dont want to receive is the one that I get in my home.
Thats it :D

Adam Lasnik said...

re: FriendFeed... you can very easily remove FoF posts (which is what I did). Either make a list and add your favorite friends to it, or select HIDE on any FoF entry and opt to hide all FoF entries.

Jeremy said...

I've never really gotten into FB except to keep track of old friends, but don't like the new layout because I haven't been able to filter out specific items - like those damn quizzes. I don't really care where you should live or which Star Wars dude you are.

Wanda said...

I like the redesign as well. I also like how it updates more frequently.

@Jeremy: If you click on the "hide" button next to individual entries, it will give you the option of hiding specific applications. Yes, you have to get rid of every damn quiz individually, but that's a lot better than before. I find that this feature is a major improvement of the new design.