Superstition, Fear, and Jealousy
I assume most of you reading this are on Facebook. Of course, I assume that because it seems like everyone is on Facebook — I’m on there more than once (my personal page and my author page), so I obviously don’t have huge issues with the site or its concept.
But yesterday… man. Facebook made some layout changes to its site, which, to me, didn’t seem too major. The news feed got rearranged a bit, and the site looked a little slicker, but it was nothing earth-shattering… unless you listened to the massive number of people complaining about the new layout.
I don’t get it. It’s a free service, and no one is forcing anyone to use it at gunpoint. None of us owns any part of the site, so why do we feel we have any say in what the creators want to do to it? The people who run Facebook owe us precisely nothing. If we don’t like the new design, we don’t have to use Facebook at all. Simple.
Now, I do feel differently about things that ask for money directly from us. IF something we actually pay for makes a change we don’t like, then, by all means, feel free to raise hell, to complain until you’re out of breath, because those people, in a sense, work for us. It’s why I can, in good conscience, complain about the new Star Wars blu-ray set.
Am I way off base here? Does anyone out there think that Facebook actually owes us anything? Please feel free to share — I’m the first to admit that I can be — and often am — wrong on this kind of thing.