Facebook status update: What do the recent Facebook changes mean for newspapers & journalism?
On Wednesday the 26th of October, I alongside several of my fellow journalism classmates took part in a lecture by Kathryn Corrick on the changes Facebook will be going through and how it will impact both the individual as well as organizations, newspapers and of course, journalism.
Through a detailed slideshow, Corrick discussed the new features that will be available on Facebook over the next months; TIMELINE, a feature that will document your history on Facebook, from events to what apps you’re using, and give you the ability to “backfill” your timeline on Facebook with more or less content, Open Graph, which will enable you to post not only what you like or are listening to (referring to the new Spotify feature) through Facebook pages, but through other websites as well, and how PAGES will be changed, and SUBSCRIPTIONS will be further developed.
Corrick discussed the good and bad sides of all these changes, as well as what it would mean for newspapers and journalism, as Facebook’s becoming more of a platform for information, and not only just connecting.
Several newspapers have got widgets on Facebook that allows the user to post which articles they read and when they read them, though some apps proved not to live up tp expectations readers might have in terms of appearance and accessibility.
One question remains – are all these changes to Facebook really necessary?
Many Facebook users, myself included, feel that Facebook is starting to sidetrack from it’s original purpose, much like Myspace did, by introducing too many new features that most people don’t find necessary or feel should be on a page of its own. Facebook, once used to keep in touch with others, is slowly, but steadily turning into somewhat a platform of self-promoting, advertising, and some feel, invasion of privacy.Employers now finding information about their applicants through their Facebook profiles is something that is causing many young people to fear their chances of getting a decent job.
As much as I can admit I spend ridiculous amounts of time on Facebook to talk to my friends and look at their pictures, videos, what music they are listening too and so forth, I fear Facebook might go too far and end up as Myspace – too complicated, too unorganized, too old-school.