facebook started ok. but we have all noticed it slowly turning to crap. here are some of the reasons.
- it is slow. this is due to the amount of code used to run facebook being several orders of magnitude larger than it needs to be, because, yknow, security through obscurity totally works and doesn't place unnecessary burden on the end-user's machine at all.
- posts are no longer in chronological order
- real name policy: facebook doesn't let you use your everyday name. you must use the name stamped on your birth certificate, and provide ten thousand types of id in triplicate. they are paying a lot of lip service to fixing this, but have not. is your legal name charles but everyone including your parents calls you chip? too bad! off to obscurity with you, troll. enjoy your alienation. that's what you get for trying to pollute our gigantic surveillance database.
- fisherprice interface: facebook used to be streamlined. now you're inundated with tooltips and garbage features.
- album management is awful
- general navigation is awful. do i go to account settings or my about section to change something? options are spread out in so many different places
- the mobile site version is better than the app. and even then it doesn't work all the time.
- they implemented gifs (welcome to the 90's), but even so, many times they don't embed and only show up as static image previews
- they place handicaps on post reach unless you cough up the golds
- freebooting is rampant. download a video from youtube and upload it as your own and face no consequences.
- your friends' content is hidden from you if you haven't interacted with them recently.
- the news feed updates too quickly. if i click a link, and then go back so i can share it, it's already vanished. i then have to go hunt it down.
facebook has become a chore.
i have been talking about peer-to-peer social networking replacing facebook for years (social network data distributed via something like torrents or another decentralized file sharing protocol). there have been efforts in academia to build such a thing, but nothing viable has emerged yet. i think this is currently due to the waystation problem-- where instead of DHT you have to join a network, and those networks are not networked (whereas something like IRC would be). ello is currently the only viable not-for-profit social network. there has already been an exodus from facebook to ello, and i would like to see it continue.