After struggling for a week to make sense of Facebook’s changes, I have just logged on to my WordPress account to discover that stuff here has moved around as well.
What is that compels social media sites like these to change things that aren’t broken? It’s like coming home to discover that someone has rearranged my cutlery drawer and cupboards and when I need a spoon, I can’t find one.
There was nothing wrong that I can see with the old toolbar in WordPress. I could log-in and instantly go to statistics, comments or a new post. With the changes, I wasn’t even sure if I was logged in and had to go to WordPress’s main site and track through several stages to get here. How is that considered an improvement?
It used to be that we traded cars every three or four years for new ones. Now that we seem firmly mired in a recession, is this relentless upgrading and tweaking the modern replacement for “newness”?
At least when I bought a new car, I could choose the model and the colour myself and decide when I wanted delivery. This constant “fixing” of what isn’t broken isn’t reassuring, believe me. It’s destabilizing and disorienting.
It reminds me of the genius working on a new oven who decided to put in a three month timer because it was technologically challenging, and because he could. This would allow the cook to set the oven in September for a turkey s/he wanted to bake at at Christmas. The fact that no one does that was irrelevant. Change is good.
Well, I think change is simply change, and we have enough of it in the uncertainty of our daily lives without having to adapt every time we log onto our computers. The sites I use for social media are tools. I want them to be easy to use and effortless. If I find myself pushing a pull door, I’m not the problem, the designer of the door is.
But both Facebook and WordPress have started to think we’re the tools instead of the users. And frankly, I’m getting tired of being tinkered with.