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Stop Doing Drugs Facebook

We all know drugs are bad.

Illegal drugs, if used, have terrible consequences. I’ve listed a few of those consequences below as a reminder to those who’ve since forgotten the lessons of parents & teachers alike.

  • They melt brains.
  • Drugs cause uncomfortable pain after prolonged use.
  • You become addicted.
  • Hallucinations lead to bad choices.
  • Panic attacks (or bad trips) often occur.

Facebook is currently undergoing a massive overdose of illegal drugs.

Now, I don’t happen to know the drug of choice for a social network; but I’m pretty sure it’s a bad one. Tonight I logged into Facebook, and was in utter shock and horror. Why would such a classy, responsible individual turn to drugs? Doesn’t Facebook understand the consequences? Facebook is having a very, very bad trip.

This was just “one” of my first impressions after viewing the “new” Facebook for the first time….

Hate that new scrolling “ticker” in Facebook. I feel like a little kid who can’t concentrate in school because Santa keeps running past the classroom window.

Obviously there was a drug binge or awful relapse today for the poor fellow. Looking slightly deranged and hungover. Have you noticed…

  • the awful scrolling ticker on the right sidebar?
  • the home and profile buttons have changed?
  • your news feed has been drugged drastically?
  • they’ve copied the Google+ method for displaying photos?

And these are just a few of the problems.

Maybe I’m being a little too pious, but I’m going to go ahead and scream with as loud a voice as I can muster…

…Facebook, please stop doing drugs!

Your good friend, MySpace, did drugs for quite a while. We tried to help, but couldn’t. After repeated, failed attempts and a desire to set MySpace on a clear path – it was to no avail.

Facebook, I care about you. Please stop. Stop becoming something you’re not. You better stop before it’s too late, you’re too cluttered, and you suffer the same fate as poor little MySpace. Just say no!

“No to drugs” photo by Craighton Miller.

About the author: Blogger, entrepreneur, digital marketing consultant and recording artist. I make money online and teach others how to do the same.

47 comments… add one

  • Christian Hollingsworth September 20, 2011, 11:44 pm

    For the moment, you can go to your Facebook account settings and change your language to English UK and it will revert to the old Facebook settings. Hopefully they don’t force all users to use the new Facebook. In that case…I don’t know what we’re going to do!

    • Mihai September 22, 2011, 3:34 am

      I just did this little change, and is not working. The new version is all over the place unfortunately. :(

      • Christian Hollingsworth September 22, 2011, 6:54 am

        That’s not good. Sounds like we’ve lost a little bit more hope…Thanks for the update Micle.

  • Bojan September 20, 2011, 11:56 pm

    With all these new changes I actually feel engaged. And I actually can choose to whom I can talk to, as you’ve recently noticed :)

    Yea, that newsfeed ticker is kinda distracting, but let’s “Face” it, when you are on Facebook, you are there for the distraction.

    It kidna made it like a communication video game, where you see all these streams of information and you are able to react, like, chat, share…

    These are welcome changes, as well as Google’s possibility to broadcast hangouts. Bye bye Go2Webinar!

    • Christian Hollingsworth September 21, 2011, 1:50 pm

      Love your quote about Facebook. When we’re there on Facebook, we’re there for the distraction. Great point.

      The only problem I’m seeing is that whether or not people are enjoying the changes, it just seems that Facebook is lashing out with random gizmos and gadgets, to keep up with other social networks. They’ve copied the Google+ method of photos completely, and have added a whole list of other features.

      But I guess the problems will work themselves out. If users don’t like, they’ll let Facebook know, and a free market has the beautiful ability of leveling it all. Just look at what’s happening to Netflix! :-O

  • Harleena Singh September 21, 2011, 12:23 am

    I like the title of post Christian Lol!

    Yes, indeed they are trying hard to come up with Google+ and picking up things from there (copying, if I may say)- though really can’t become like Google+. I have heard they are planning to further make more changes on Facebook- though wonder what they would be!

    Thanks for sharing :)

    • Christian Hollingsworth September 21, 2011, 1:51 pm

      Yes, they’re certainly copying. Although I’m sure in an organized way, they’re still copying. Who knows…maybe they’re actually panicking over at Facebook? I’d love to be in their offices at the moment.

  • Oliver Tausend September 21, 2011, 1:46 am

    Hi Christian,

    love that. I haven’t logged into Facebook yet today, but you make me really curious. I am not very fond of MySpace, so I deleted my account there…and I am not friend with Google+ yet because Facebook seemed to be the best balance…

    If they become more and more cluttered and try to imitate others or even make the same mistakes others, we will see where it will get them.

    Why are they doing that ? Fear ? Arrogance ? Or both ? Or even, yes, drugs ?

    Thanks for sharing your insights.

    Take care


    • Christian Hollingsworth September 21, 2011, 1:55 pm

      That’s what I love about social media most. Users and the general public choose exactly where they want to be. Obviously there has become a strong emotional connection with Facebook for many, but I’m of the variety that would just as easily move to another social platform offering the same benefits if needed.

      Facebook doesn’t own any of us, however much they may think they do. And I think that’s the problem here. Big businesses start to feel comfortable, they change a lot, and then collapse. It’s the users who are voting.

  • Jocelyn Wilhelm September 21, 2011, 6:37 am

    Good Morning Christian!

    Love what you said about Santa keeps running past the classroom window. Hilarious! I like the change. I always welcome change. I think really taking advantage of the use of “smart lists, lists, organizing friends in categories”, will make it less cluttered looking.

    I like that I can engage with only those that I choose to at a given time.

    Have a good one! And stop hallucinating! :)

    • Christian Hollingsworth September 21, 2011, 1:58 pm

      They’re certainly using some Google+ techniques to keep up. I just wonder how long it’s going to last. A social media dog fight! With Google+ opening to the public, I feel like they’re going to gather steam very, very quickly. So many already use their email, it’s all integrated – and people like that.

      I think it’s great if some are enjoying the new way Facebook operates, but I’m concerned for Facebook when there is such a contrasting opinion between users.

  • Eugene September 21, 2011, 8:11 am

    I think what Facebook needs is some drugs. Something to help schizophrenia perhaps?

    • Christian Hollingsworth September 21, 2011, 1:59 pm

      A drug for Schizophrenia might be perfect Eugene. Shall we schedule an appointment with the doctor?

  • Robyn September 21, 2011, 10:33 am

    You’re so right. Someone get Facebook into rehab, stat! It’s not that we can’t adjust – we’re alert, literate adults after all. But they made so many changes at once. And also did not provide opt outs for some of those changes. I want a Most Recent feed, not a Top Story feed. They have now merged the two and it appears there’s no unmerge in sight. Great blog, great point.

    • Christian Hollingsworth September 21, 2011, 2:02 pm

      I agree with the many changes at once. They’re trying to claw their way up top, and keep up with Google+ and other social networks it seems.

      Anyways, the free market will iron itself out. It always does unless there’s a government bailout! ;)

  • Adrienne September 21, 2011, 11:02 am

    I’m not too thrilled with the change either Christian. I was going to do my next post on their subscriber feature but when I logged in and found they had changed their entire layout practically, I thought who cares about that anymore.

    I know that in their eyes they are trying to improve things for their members. But what I have said all along, they need some women in there instead of all these geeks they have working for them that don’t have a clue about what people want. They are just writing code and doing what their superiors are suggesting and they all need to just take a step backwards and let me straighten this mess up.

    They are giving me a headache with all these changes. Now I know I have to learn to adapt just like everyone else but I honestly believe they are making things worse instead of better. They may be competing with Google+, but their set up ain’t so hot either. Now who’s the idiot! lol…

    Love this post and you might be seeing one like that over at my place soon. Shall we call it another rant of mine? :-)

    • Christian Hollingsworth September 21, 2011, 2:04 pm

      I think the “womanly” touch on Facebook would be a beautiful, beautiful thing to occur. Could you imagine? Everything would be precise, in order, easy on the eyes, not overwhelming and perfect.

      On the other hand.

      …it might be a multitasking nightmare for the men who try to use it! ;)

  • Carolyn@The Wonder of Tech September 21, 2011, 5:44 pm

    Lol, Christian. Awesome post. My biggest frustration with the changes is that I no longer can have a photo post when I post a link to my latest blog article. I used to have a choice of images from the blog post, but now no images are posting. Drives me nuts!

    Whatever drug Facebook is on must cause Google+ paranoia!

    • Christian Hollingsworth September 21, 2011, 6:23 pm

      I think that’s the root of the problem right there. Facebook is becoming slightly paranoid of Google+. It seems to be an interesting time for social media. They’re all battling – and it’s almost enjoyable to watch and see where they help one another improve.

  • Michael Q Todd September 21, 2011, 6:34 pm

    I am finding all the changes fantastic.
    I have no idea why others do not feel the same and no-one has given me the slightest explanation save for recycling the familiar catch cry of “I hate change”.
    Everything that facebook had before it still has but now there is much more too.
    Sharing and connecting are increasing quickly because of the changes.

    • Christian Hollingsworth September 21, 2011, 6:57 pm

      For me, that’s the difficulty I run into. More clutter and more things to do. I like simple things. That’s why you won’t notice categories on my blog posts, and little things like that. Simple, for me, feels better.

      So for the extra placed on Facebook, it just distracts me. I think that’s the biggest problem I have. I’d just rather not “do” more on Facebook, as the time it took beforehand was at a perfect level imho.

      But other than that, if others are enjoying the new features – more power to them! If it’s being used to spread more love, content, news, etc…then that’s wonderful, and I respect and honor the changes.

  • Klaudia September 21, 2011, 9:35 pm

    “the awful scrolling ticker on the right sidebar?” – actually I like that one.
    I guess Facebook lost itself somewhere along the way, maybe people at FB are trying too hard to show that they are #1. Well so far they are, so it would be wiser to stop for a while and look around what users like/need/want.

    • Christian Hollingsworth September 21, 2011, 9:55 pm

      Exactly. Don’t mess with something too much, that’s working well as it is. Maybe they should do a public survey, and see what we want added or removed.

  • Paul September 21, 2011, 9:37 pm

    Agreed, I actually think there’s too much stuff going the homepage now. A lot of it I feel is mindless clutter. Like recommending people to subscribe to? I keep getting suggestions to follow employees of Facebook!

    But then again, I hated the newsfeed function when it first came out, and now it’s like my favorite feature about facebook. So what do I know!

    • Christian Hollingsworth September 21, 2011, 9:57 pm

      It’s too much for me, and that’s why I don’t like it as much. That’s why I have such a strong connection and draw towards Twitter. It has its one function, Tweets, and that works perfect for me. You can’t combine all social networks. It just seems to be too much.

      I think the same applies to something like Google. They offer a whole lot (and are great at separating products) but it’s sometimes tricky when you’re using all their services, and rely on them so heavily.

      Interesting developments are sure to keep popping up!

  • Kris Olin September 21, 2011, 10:51 pm

    OMG! We have to save Facebook from OD! Everywhere I look people are worried where all this abuse will lead! I actually did a short survey on this with pretty clear message. Stop the the drugs, Facebook!

    You can check out the results here: http://facebook-advertising-marketing.com/survey-reveals-facebook-user-interface-is-getting-worse/

    Warning! It’s not pretty!

    PS. Great post Christian!

    • Christian Hollingsworth September 21, 2011, 11:28 pm

      Thank you for sharing the survey information here, Kris. Wow. 82% think it’s worse. That’s not good at all. Very bad stat right there, for Facebook.

      Wondering what they’ll do now. You wouldn’t think a company would just let it “be” with so many frustrated users. That would be bad business.

      Interested to see the response from Facebook here in the next couple of weeks.

      Thanks for stopping by Kris!

  • Patz September 22, 2011, 8:29 am

    Does anyone know how to stop the scrolling on the side bar????

  • Randy Pickard September 22, 2011, 1:28 pm

    Another key change is that they have moved ads closer to the newsfeed. Research on similar changes by Google and Bing demonstrated that this led to a increase in clicks on ads. Of course if one of Facebook’s motivations in making the changes was to increase ad revenue, of course I would be shocked, shocked.

  • Robyn September 22, 2011, 3:49 pm

    Have you guys seen previews of the timeline? It looks kinda like… MySpace: tcrn.ch/qFeTsE

    • Christian Hollingsworth September 22, 2011, 7:55 pm

      Interesting. I wonder how cool that’s going to be in person. Thanks for sharing the preview.

  • KiNgDeeM September 22, 2011, 6:35 pm

    I think its Crack.

  • Jt Clough | Big Island Dog September 23, 2011, 12:05 pm

    Facebook is committed to deepening the addiction. Its ruining people’s moments to seize the day, to spend some time with a good friend, to learn to do a new sport, go to the gym, walk the dog, have heartfelt real life communication.

    This is Your Life. What are you doing with it?

    Limit the noise on facebook. One time per day. 15 minutes. That’s it. Find some balance. Don’t allow them to entice you into the addiction any longer! :)

    • Christian Hollingsworth September 23, 2011, 12:59 pm

      This comment was perfect. I think that’s part of my problem with what’s happening. Addiction. Facebook becoming a problem in people’s lives. I, people, everyone – if they honestly look at their efforts on social networks, are probably wasting some time.

      It’s time to look at our efforts, and see where we can find some extra time.

  • Yomar Lopez September 23, 2011, 12:34 pm

    I’m not quite sure what the folks at Facebook are thinking but they must have “the good stuff”. I admit that the clutter is distracting but the ticker has helped me catch things I would otherwise miss. The subscribe button also has some potential because I may like someone but I may not want to hear about the new shoes they bought or the delicious meal they ate all the time. ;o)

    Drugs are bad, mm’kay?

    • Christian Hollingsworth September 23, 2011, 1:03 pm

      I think the one feature I do like, from the changes in recent weeks – is the ability to file lists of close friends and family. That’s a great tool. Helps to rid some of the clutter if needed to get down to a few pertinent people you need to get a’talkin’ too.

      The scrolling ticker still just isn’t working out for me too well, but I’m hopeful for the future. ;)

      • Yomar Lopez September 24, 2011, 9:05 am

        I like the way lists are handled too so I find myself wanting to take inventory on Facebook much more now.. I dig that they finally made it so that there are “levels” of friendship. Rather than friending up people for head count purposes (darn those games), you can separate acquaintances, buddies, and friends into neat little boxes. Labels may be over-rated but a little structure is nice, I’d say. 8)

        • Christian Hollingsworth September 24, 2011, 9:41 am

          Without at least a little structure, I think we lose focus.

          At least it’s not like MySpace, where you have your top eight friends that people are always worried about. lol

        • Jocelyn Wilhelm September 24, 2011, 10:47 am

          Hi Yomar,

          Curious as to how you differentiate between “friends” and “buddies”?

          I’ve always custom-made my own lists and I would often use these when sending out status posts to just select people from my said list, but that took a bit of time, 3 to 4 clicks, versus now with just 1 click. :)

  • Richard September 24, 2011, 8:19 am

    If Facebook had a second name, that wold be “Constant Change”. These guys have been doing so much changes that it’s hard to keep up. Most of them underground, on security, but the huge ones are the visible ones that piss off people that didn’t even have time to get used to the last changes.
    I guess it’s their trademark. But even so, they’re still on top of the game.

    • Christian Hollingsworth September 24, 2011, 9:43 am

      I’m trying to think of big businesses that change as much as Facebook, but I can’t think of any at the moment. Most anything in the technology world I guess. What else? hhhmmm…

  • Maria Pavel October 4, 2011, 3:58 am

    Personally, I don’t like the changes made by facebook. Just like what you’ve mentioned with regards to the photo. Actually, the presentation of the photos looks pretty weird and very annoying at times if captured a close up pic of his/her. As if your my friend wanted to scare me! LOL Imagine how big his/her face will appear in my FB wall. The last thing I know with FB is they are adapting the idea of Plurk with regards to the the time line. Oh well, no one knows if they will be successful or not with their changes.

    • Christian Hollingsworth October 4, 2011, 11:19 am

      It’s interesting to sit back and watch. We will certainly see. I like the competitive nature of all the social networks. It will eventually bring out the best.

      I wonder how Plurk feels about having their timeline idea ripped for Facebook.

      • Maria Pavel October 9, 2011, 3:09 am

        You know what, I can’t help but think that Facebook is doing same strategy as Google. The latter continues to offer lots of products (Google Chrome, Google docs, etc.) to their followers. Now, FB almost the same but in the field of social networking side. I can’t wait for their future changes!


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