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Facebook users stir up a ruckus over latest redesign

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Update: Our readers weigh in.

On Friday, Facebook rolled out a minor redesign of its status feed, which allows users to toggle between two filtering options. As we noted at the time, the new "Live Feed" is like an open faucet – the status updates, photos, and links come spilling out at a rapid clip. The "News Feed," on the other hand, chews through information posted by your friends and family, and spits out only the stuff Facebook thinks you'll find interesting.

"Some of you may ask why we are changing the home page again," Facebook staffer Raylene Yung noted in a post on the Facebook blog. "Like you, we know it can be disruptive when things are moved around, but we hope that these changes make Facebook a more valuable experience for you. We put a lot of thought into all the changes we make to the site and do a lot of testing before releasing anything."

Yung obviously knew that not everyone would love the changes. But we wonder if Facebook staffers anticipated how vociferous the opposition would get. Less than a week after the news feed redesign, hundreds of thousands of users have taken to Twitter, the blogs, and their own Facebook feeds to protest the recent changes.


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