Q: What Most Frustrates You About Facebook?

QBy Laura Christianson

For the next couple of weeks, we’re going to do something a bit different. I have been commissioned to seek feedback from my readers regarding a new social network that is in the planning stages.

This social network will offer Facebook-type features and will be geared for the Christian community.

The primary user of this network will likely be a small church (including pastors, staff, and lay leaders). The secondary user will be individuals (who could have a profile that somewhat resembles a Facebook personal profile).

Understanding that millions of people are frustrated with Facebook, the developers of this new network plan to build an interface that is user-friendly, highly functional, somewhat customizable, and visually appealing.

That’s where you come in. From now through May 1, I’m going to ask you a series of questions that will help the development team determine what features and functionality potential users of this network would love — and not love.

If you’d like to offer your input in the Comments area, that would be great. Or you can email me privately: laura@bloggingbistro.com.

Here’s our first discussion topic:

  • What specific things most frustrate you about your personal Facebook Timeline (profile)?
  • What do you wish Facebook would change to make using your personal profile easier?

Please respond in the comments or email me directly, laura@bloggingbistro.com. Thanks so much for your help!

  • Patrick Craig

    They moved the timeline to the right side. That is so wrong!!!!

  • Patrick Craig

    They moved the timeline to the right side. That is so wrong!!!!

  • Why do you NOT like it on the right, Patrick?

  • Why do you NOT like it on the right, Patrick?

  • Elaine Stock

    This sounds like a really great group that is more geared for real people making solid connections. Blessings on all your work.

    Facebook Timeline disadvantages: it’s fixed. I rather be able to create what I’d like to show others. Also, what FB offers sometimes blocks me from putting the info up on my timeline. I’d also love to have some sort of blog feed going right on my page. I also despise the ads and the Likes–especially when they say that so-and-so Likes something and sadly, that person had passed on a couple of months ago. This really happened to me.

  • Elaine Stock

    This sounds like a really great group that is more geared for real people making solid connections. Blessings on all your work.

    Facebook Timeline disadvantages: it’s fixed. I rather be able to create what I’d like to show others. Also, what FB offers sometimes blocks me from putting the info up on my timeline. I’d also love to have some sort of blog feed going right on my page. I also despise the ads and the Likes–especially when they say that so-and-so Likes something and sadly, that person had passed on a couple of months ago. This really happened to me.

  • Wendy

    The first thing that’s irritating is the seemingly constant changes. Just when I get pretty handy at navigation they change it again. I don’t like the way they changed the way we categorize our friends. I used to be able to build a list and just check the people I wanted on that list. Now I have to look at each friend and decide how much or how little I want to see of them. The timeline really isn’t easier to find something on. Many times I’ve seen something in my news feed, clicked on that particular friend and can’t find that particular post. This happens on a regular basis. And why am I seeing what people post (like little tweets) on the right when I can already see them in my news feed?

  • Wendy

    The first thing that’s irritating is the seemingly constant changes. Just when I get pretty handy at navigation they change it again. I don’t like the way they changed the way we categorize our friends. I used to be able to build a list and just check the people I wanted on that list. Now I have to look at each friend and decide how much or how little I want to see of them. The timeline really isn’t easier to find something on. Many times I’ve seen something in my news feed, clicked on that particular friend and can’t find that particular post. This happens on a regular basis. And why am I seeing what people post (like little tweets) on the right when I can already see them in my news feed?

  • Wendy – It sounds as if you want viewing all your friends to be more straightforward — being able to see all of them at once and check boxes. I would like that feature back, too! The “little tweets” feature is called Notifications. A lot of people find it distracting, but some really like having the live “ticker.” Would love to hear from more of you on this feature. Good point — it would be nice to link directly to a specific post in the News Feed. That frustrates me greatly, as well. Fantastic feedback! Keep it coming.

  • Wendy – It sounds as if you want viewing all your friends to be more straightforward — being able to see all of them at once and check boxes. I would like that feature back, too! The “little tweets” feature is called Notifications. A lot of people find it distracting, but some really like having the live “ticker.” Would love to hear from more of you on this feature. Good point — it would be nice to link directly to a specific post in the News Feed. That frustrates me greatly, as well. Fantastic feedback! Keep it coming.

  • Elaine – by “fixed” do you mean that you don’t have any way of manipulating the template (in other words, everyone’s templates must look the same)? Can you tell me what sorts of content FB is blocking you from putting on your Timeline? Blog feed – great idea. That is possible, with the installation of certain apps. A lot of people are getting more and more disenfranchised with the plethora of ads. The team I’m providing input for definitely has some less distracting ideas about how to use advertising on their network.

  • Elaine – by “fixed” do you mean that you don’t have any way of manipulating the template (in other words, everyone’s templates must look the same)? Can you tell me what sorts of content FB is blocking you from putting on your Timeline? Blog feed – great idea. That is possible, with the installation of certain apps. A lot of people are getting more and more disenfranchised with the plethora of ads. The team I’m providing input for definitely has some less distracting ideas about how to use advertising on their network.

  • Elaine Stock

    By fixed, yes, everyone’s template is the same. And maybe it’s me (and my lack of techie savvy), but for instance, try as I have too many times, I cannot list the fact that I’m married, yet I know others do all the time. Also–LOL–because I don’t want my birthday up on FB the default seems to be that I was born in 2013. Maybe I should just enjoy that one! I guess what I’m really hoping for is something very simple and fun to use (one of the reasons why I love Twitter).

  • Elaine Stock

    By fixed, yes, everyone’s template is the same. And maybe it’s me (and my lack of techie savvy), but for instance, try as I have too many times, I cannot list the fact that I’m married, yet I know others do all the time. Also–LOL–because I don’t want my birthday up on FB the default seems to be that I was born in 2013. Maybe I should just enjoy that one! I guess what I’m really hoping for is something very simple and fun to use (one of the reasons why I love Twitter).

  • I just got this info from my Twitter updates: (http://ht.ly/k98NV) “Do know that Facebook ‘controls’ how many Friends and people who have “liked” your business/ministry page see your posts as they are trying to get you to buy ads? I’ve read that only about 8% of your people see a status update at any given time. It can be higher for the more active accounts, but it’s pretty miniscule across the board.”
    Now THAT’S pretty annoying! One would like to think that, fairly, all the folks “liking” your page will get your updates, because, well, they LIKE your page! So they probably want to get those updates! But Facebook has joined the profit-mongers now, I guess… Sigh.

  • I LOVE the idea of having a blog feed!

  • I just got this info from my Twitter updates: (http://ht.ly/k98NV) “Do know that Facebook ‘controls’ how many Friends and people who have “liked” your business/ministry page see your posts as they are trying to get you to buy ads? I’ve read that only about 8% of your people see a status update at any given time. It can be higher for the more active accounts, but it’s pretty miniscule across the board.”
    Now THAT’S pretty annoying! One would like to think that, fairly, all the folks “liking” your page will get your updates, because, well, they LIKE your page! So they probably want to get those updates! But Facebook has joined the profit-mongers now, I guess… Sigh.

  • I LOVE the idea of having a blog feed!

  • Crystal Miller

    I am annoyed by this too! They should be able to see your page.

  • Crystal Miller

    I am annoyed by this too! They should be able to see your page.

  • Leigh DeLozier

    I agree with several comments that others have made. I don’t pay any attention to the ticker — it’s a waste of space to me. If I want to see real time social media things, I pull up my Hootsuite account and have it all in one place. Knowing that only a portion of your friends or fans are seeing anything you post is still disappointing. If I’ve liked or friended someone, I want to see their posts. I’m not a fan of the timeline because zig-zagging across the screen to read things in order aggravates me. If they want to update or try new things, fine. But it would be nice to have a demo that members could look at and decide for themselves whether they want to go with the new format or stick with what they already have. Thanks for asking our opinions!

  • Leigh DeLozier

    I agree with several comments that others have made. I don’t pay any attention to the ticker — it’s a waste of space to me. If I want to see real time social media things, I pull up my Hootsuite account and have it all in one place. Knowing that only a portion of your friends or fans are seeing anything you post is still disappointing. If I’ve liked or friended someone, I want to see their posts. I’m not a fan of the timeline because zig-zagging across the screen to read things in order aggravates me. If they want to update or try new things, fine. But it would be nice to have a demo that members could look at and decide for themselves whether they want to go with the new format or stick with what they already have. Thanks for asking our opinions!

  • Fantastic comments, Leigh. Keep ’em coming!

  • Fantastic comments, Leigh. Keep ’em coming!

  • I joined the Christian network “Shoutlife” in 2006, after publishing my cookbook, at someone’s recommendation. But it’s not set up such that you can easily browse latest blog posts. The whole point seems to be to add more friends, who will then become familiar with your online presence. But since I don’t love the way Shoutlife’s set up, I don’t become very familiar with other Shoutlife friends at all. It seems that “real community” is not easily fostered there. Maybe I’m missing something?

    Shoutlife has an option in settings, to receive occasional Shoutlife newsletters. I’ve opted in for that, but never received any.

    Faith Villiage, on the other hand, seems a notch above. Its look is “cleaner”. And they send emails of latest FV news articles. I can browse the snippets of those, and find articles I want to read all of.

    Neither option is on par with FB or Twitter for organization. I’d like to use the networks for Christian news updates, and as a platform for establishing community. That might prove to be possible as time goes on- I don’t know.

    The folks I’ve “met” through FV seem sweet and earnest- I enjoy stopping by there on occasion. I’m not sure if it’s going to be “the next big thing” though!

  • I joined the Christian network “Shoutlife” in 2006, after publishing my cookbook, at someone’s recommendation. But it’s not set up such that you can easily browse latest blog posts. The whole point seems to be to add more friends, who will then become familiar with your online presence. But since I don’t love the way Shoutlife’s set up, I don’t become very familiar with other Shoutlife friends at all. It seems that “real community” is not easily fostered there. Maybe I’m missing something?

    Shoutlife has an option in settings, to receive occasional Shoutlife newsletters. I’ve opted in for that, but never received any.

    Faith Villiage, on the other hand, seems a notch above. Its look is “cleaner”. And they send emails of latest FV news articles. I can browse the snippets of those, and find articles I want to read all of.

    Neither option is on par with FB or Twitter for organization. I’d like to use the networks for Christian news updates, and as a platform for establishing community. That might prove to be possible as time goes on- I don’t know.

    The folks I’ve “met” through FV seem sweet and earnest- I enjoy stopping by there on occasion. I’m not sure if it’s going to be “the next big thing” though!

  • Thank you for the detailed, helpful comment, Jennifer.

  • Thank you for the detailed, helpful comment, Jennifer.

  • You’re welcome!

  • You’re welcome!

  • Hi, Laura! One thing that would make it easier if Facebook would quit constantly changing around things every few days. Everytime I learn something fb changes it. I’m sending you an email in a few minutes Laura to give you another idea or two. God bless you, krissy knox 🙂

  • Hi, Laura! One thing that would make it easier if Facebook would quit constantly changing around things every few days. Everytime I learn something fb changes it. I’m sending you an email in a few minutes Laura to give you another idea or two. God bless you, krissy knox 🙂