Mark Zuckerberg: Reflections on New Facebook Version

Posted Sep 18, 2008

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Mark Zuckerberg announced today that Facebook has about 100 million users that are using the new design of the social network.  While many people are moaning and groaning about the changes since they are so used to the old version, Zuckerberg wrote a reflective blog post. 

“We realize that change can be difficult though,” wrote Zuckerberg.  “Many people disliked News Feed at first because it changed their home page and how they shared information. Now it’s one of the most important parts of Facebook. We think the new design can have the same effect.”

Facebook has a featured called Pages.  This is where people can become fans of certain topics whether it is the new Facebook design, Michael Phelps, or Pulse 2.0.  About 150,000 people participated on the new Facebook design page.  When Facebook rolled out the design to 40 million users, 30 million people stuck with the new design and the other 10 million switched back to the old one.  Majority rules, sorry 10 million users.

While Facebook considered supporting the old and the new designs, it just isn’t feasible.  The company wouldn’t be able to keep up with updating features in both the old and the new design and have to build around two different platforms.