More on Facebook’s “Happening Now”

Pinterest

What’s “Happening Now?”

As we wrote about a few posts back, Facebook is currently test-marketing a new feature called “Happening Now” that functions much like a Twitter feed. Embedded on the right side of your profile page, Happening Now provides a real-time feed of your friends’ activities—things they are “liking,” web pages or videos they are sharing, comments they are making, etc.

Nothing Good

The problem is, those in the small test market group seem to hate it! Major complaints include that it is redundant with your existing main page news feed, that it has done away with reminders of upcoming events (some people have even missed events because they didn’t get the reminder they normally would have), and that it provides way too much information, cluttering up the profile page and generally making it busier than it needs to be.

Nothing Good at All

Our earlier post received a couple comments from test subjects who both hate the new feature. And a discussion page on Facebook itself is full of exclusively negative comments, such as this one: “I just got it on my account today and it’s HORRIBLE. I’ve emailed them to complain. There doesn’t appear to be any way to remove it. It’s annoying, and on top of it, you no longer see birthdays and events. Crappy move on Facebook’s part.”

What’s Happening Next?

While it’s not clear that the negativity has reached any sort of critical mass, the absence of anything positive has to be a concern for Facebook. While initial articles about the feature did note its redundancy with the main news feed, and suggested final rollout would focus more on likes and shares, it will be interesting to see how this plays out. Will Facebook respond to users’ feedback and provide a way to opt out? Will they bring back event reminders on profile pages? Will they scrap Happening Now altogether?

We Want to Hear from You

If you’re part of the test group, we want to know what you think about Happening Now. Good? Bad? Horrible? Indifferent? And whether you’ve experience it or not, how responsive should companies like Facebook be to user criticism? Amid reports of a steady drain of users in recent months and an already shaky reputation on privacy, could a major misstep push even more people out the door and open the way for another platform to take over as the new social media giant? Might Facebook go the way of MySpace or Friendster?

269 Responses to “More on Facebook’s “Happening Now””

  1. Melinda

    Good questions! I haven’t seen it yet so I dont have any experience, but some of my friends have bailed on facebook so i think they could be in trouble for sure! But I dunno, I still use it a ton and think its the best social media site out there. Yeah, something will probably come along eventually to be better but I dunno what yet!

    Reply
  2. Rachel Towns

    I’ve had the “test” for about a week now. It is AWFUL. I am seriously considering deactivating my account if this goes live. Serious privacy issues going on as well. For example, a friend of mine can comment or like a post or photo of a friend that is not a mutual friend with me and i can click on that comment or like in my feed and can see the photo or status no matter what the person has their privacy settings set to. Not only that but I don’t need people to see every move I make and with the “Happening Now” they can see every thing you do on Facebook, every like, every comment, every game post…etc…the most recent button is GONE. You have to scroll half way down the page to find your most recent and even then it is easily missed. People that play games are absolutely going to HATE this if it goes live!

    Reply
  3. Sarah

    Happening now appeared on my facebook personal page suddenly, no warning, no explanation. It took hours of my time to figure out what was going on. This treatment of me, my page, seems to be an indication of a lack of respect for the users of this service. It has had an impact on my work because Facebook has been a key method of business publicity. This hijacking of normal functions has caused confusion and loss of efficiency. The new features are not useful and impede my ability to interact with the people who are important to my work. I do not find the constant stream of updates to be useful, in fact, they are destructive. The lack of control over the news feed is bad enough that I am now interested in finding alternative resources. I have been a Facebook promoter in my community and will continue to educate others who use social media. At this point I will urge caution and serious consideration of other services, nothing is irreplaceable – I hope Facebook remembers the people are there by choice and can leave.

    Reply
  4. Meagan Sprouse

    I am a victim of this “happening now” feature. I hate it so much! It has taken away the enjoyment of Facebook. What makes most of us most angry was the way they implemented this upon us. For days I searched for a virus, bug, hack. No one bothered to ask or say anything about the changes. Facebook, hasn’t attempted to contact anyone on how they feel about the new layout, so how are they supposed to judge whether people like it or not. It for sure is in violation of privacy settings, and it completely redundant. It has taken away the most recent button, which had a drop down menu where you can select what posts you want to see, such as game posts. It has a ton of bugs in it which causes the site to run slow and not properly. It is by far the worst concept Facebook has came up with, to date! And to answer your question, people will definitely leave if Facebook does not fix it. There is even and event going on called Deactivate your Facebook Day, which is July 1st, we feel that 2 weeks is plenty of time for Facebook to correct it’s mistake.

    Reply
    • Tam

      I totally agree with you we are “victems
      they shoulda asked us if we wanted to join in on this Test of this heck I even redid my entire laptop thinking i had a worm my anti virus wasnt catching took hours to do . and replace software.. Very good wording on your part Kudos to you

      Reply
  5. cynthia wood

    Some of us in the random sample do not have “Happening Now”. For us “top news” and “most recent” have been removed along with birthdays, notifications, pokes. Posts are not chronological and often repeat themselves. An events category lists upcoming events that I have no interest in. Just takes up space. I want the old page back. Very annoying!!

    Reply
  6. Molsen

    I’m part of the test. They never asked me if I wanted to be a part of it and there appears to be no end to it or way to opt out. No one from FB has asked my opinion of it and no responses have come from my numerous emails to them. The format is horrible! It completely ruins my FB experience by not allowing me to see all the Recent News – it only shows what some algorithm thinks I want to see! The live-time feed is worthless. I could care less when someone ‘likes’ something as they like it. What possible value could that have? I’m tired of ranting at any possible avenue in the hope that FB might actually listen. It tells me my subscription to FB doesn’t matter and if thats the case, well, then they won’t miss me and and everyone else subjected to the test when we leave.

    Reply
    • Debbie

      The “Happening Now” ticker is a joke. It is redundant, useless, and invasive. I am most aggravated with the fact that I cannot find current posts anymore, since they are all mixed up, and in no chronological order whatsoever. The Top News/Most Recent functionality is gone from my page, and when I do scroll through the posts (or stories, as they seem to now be called), I see several posted more than once! Why? Please, Facebook, do you want to lose people in droves? Then roll out this test and see what happens this time. Yes, we all hate change, and fuss about each new format, but this one really takes the cake! I have never seen people so incensed by past changes to FB! PUT IT BACK!

      Reply
      • Helen

        The Top News/Most Recent functionality is gone but the posts are still there – split into Top Stories and Most Recent – hence the duplication. But of course, now you do not have the ability to ignore the Top Stories nor filter what kind of feed you want to see… Very very very frustrating…

        Reply
  7. Sonia

    Thank you SO MUCH for your article. I am definitely a “victim” of this experiment and I am extremely angry that FB randomly chose my account to perform their little test. This new format is extremely annoying and useless. It was very inconsiderate of FB developers to select folks who had no desire to see a change to their home page and who now feel powerless to change it back as FB has not responded to any of our complaints. PLEASE do whatever you can to help bring this to their attention and/or more media awareness so additional light will be shed on this issue and reflect negatively on the FB powers who chose to do this to us. It is quite obvious they can care less about us and that leaves me feeling very bitter toward their flagrant disregard of the users who have essentially made them what they are today. Thank you for the opportunity to share my thoughts and even more so for your article about this problem.

    Reply
  8. Another Melinda

    I’m in the test group. I HATE IT!!! The twitter feed is pointless, stupid, reduntant, idiotic, a PITA, etc. I’ve stopped using Facebook to get my news and not by choice. I HATE the twitter. If I wanted twitter I use twitter. I don’t use twitter.

    I will be joining the others on the group Facebooks “Happening Now” Haters who are planning on July 1st to deactivate my account.

    Thanks for letting me vent.

    Reply
    • Debbie

      Exactly! If I wanted to use Twitter, I’d already be using Twitter! And, like everyone else, I am extremely disappointed that Facebook has chosen NOT to address our concerns. When a complain is submitted, an email is supposed to be received by the complainer. I have complained SEVERAL times, and have gotten not ONE email back. Mark Zuckerberg, has your head gotten so big because you’re now rich off our being members, that you don’t care anymore??? Get a clue!

      Reply
  9. Carolyn

    The Happening Now is horrible. I dont like the scrolling bar at all. You get all the information you need in the Most Recent section, but facebook have decided that this needs to be placed way down under News Feed. Now, everytime I log in, I have to scroll way down to find the Most Recent section, and then everytime I refresh the page, I loose it. The News Feed section is useless in my opinion. It decides who and what posts I need to see, and missing the posts of many of my family members (even when they have been named as family members). It annoys me that fb decided who they were going to impose this onto, and not giving us the right to air our views or opt out of it. BRING BACK TO OLD FACEBOOK.

    Reply
  10. Regina

    I am part of the test group and it is TERRIBLE. Why in the world would I care if someone liked someone’s status who isn’t even on my friends list? Plus, no birthday or event reminders? I have sent many nasty messages to FB feedback. From my friends reactions, it seems out of my 445 friends, I was the only one chosen. It has messed up my chat, slows down my page, and gives me information I simply don’t care about at all, or can get from my regular news feed. Frankly, the Happening Now feed doesn’t make any sense at all.

    Reply
  11. Stephen Ryder

    The new happening now seems pointless. Why would i need to know what my friends are doing with their friends? put it back the way it was. IF IT AINT BROKE DONT FIX IT!!!!!!!!!!

    Reply
    • heather from Ohio

      I tried to join your group no response yet but it is 3 am where I am, I’m having trouble figuring out how to report that I hate the new layout

      Reply
  12. Vince

    I use FB to promote my drum business and stay in touch with the wider drumming community. All of the negative comments above are accurate. It is also very annoying. Positives? I can’t think of any. Facebook needs to respond to its users and either get “Happening Now” off or toggle it with the reminders corner.

    Reply
  13. Briana

    I’m one of those being tested and I hate this feature. My Facebook runs slow now and it is just all kinda of hard to navigate. Posts are duplicated and out of order and you have to scroll way down the page to see most recent posts. It is inconvenient, unnecessary, and annoying.

    Reply
  14. Stephen Gelb

    hate this feature, really irritiating to have it and even more irritating that you can’t turn it off.

    Reply
  15. Suzann

    It is horrible. Glad to send you a screen cap so others can see what is coming. If you aren’t part of the lab rat crew, you can have no idea how bad FB can be.

    Reply
  16. Nancy

    I was chosen as part of the test group and I am a member of the discussion page. I would first like to thank you for writing this article and allowing the truth of the comments, by the people who have been subjected to this trial, to be seen. FB has not allowed this. They also have not allowed us to be heard. We have tried consistently to contact someone from FB, who could give us any information on what was going on and to listen to what we were saying. This has also not happened. Instead of doing anything to help us, they blocked some of us from giving comments on their advice site. One person posted some of their business numbers for us to call and give our complaints and he was, and I quote, “put in FB jail”. He could not log onto FB for 48 hours as punishment. As much as we all hated what was happening to our FB pages, their obvious lack of regard to our feelings about it, was really a slap in the face. As day after day went by, with no communication, the frustration grew rapidly. People were angry and rightly so. I was and I am still angry. What I can’t figure out is, why am I able to communicate with you about this situation, and not someone from FB? Thank you again for providing me this opportunity to be heard.

    Reply
  17. Liza Tangney

    This ‘Happening Now’ feature is an EPIC FAIL in my book! A newly added feature with option settings to delete if you don’t want to look at it would be great. It’s a more Twitter-like feed on the side where Birthdays and events used to be located. If you have many friends, then it is impossible to keep up with in that tiny box. Just saying – if I wanted to connect with these folks like this I would do it on Twitter, not Facebook! The BIG ENCHILADA in my opinion is that this new layout REMOVES your sort filters on the NEWS FEED. So, no option to sort by Top News, Most Recent, Friend Lists, Pages, Links, or Photos. Personally, I fail to see the point of Facebook if I can’t EASILY connect with the people I want to connect with. You know, maybe there are days I just have time to see what my Best Friends list is doing and I don’t want to have to filter through Aunt Connie’s 92 pictures of her cats or Uncle Phil’s Insurance Guy’s 28 post about why he the number one insurance agent. Corporate Facebook is no new comer to the industry. These changes were stupid. Frankly, I would expect more. At this point in the game, Facebook should be completely customizable to suit user’s needs/wants. Don’t give me that it is a free service crap either. There’s a payroll at Corporate Facebook.

    Reply
  18. Margaret Neil

    I am one of the test subjects. I hate it, it just the feed all over again, also it shows my friends posts to people I am not friends which I don’t need or really want to see. I lost Friends on chat feature that lets me see who is online, so that is a pain I have to click on the chat to see who is online with me. At first the Happening now feature kept freezing up my FB page then someone told me to try Google chrome and it stopped the Freezing, I guess Happening now doesn’t like Firefox? Many of the others lost Most recent feed on their pages, I still have mine but if you lost most recent you get random posts some days and hours old. I can see upcoming events but I have to go to the profile page. Now to see birthdays this is fun. I have to get a personal notification the kind with the green icon, when I click on that to read the notification the birthday list pops up in the upper right corner!! But I think FB isn’t testing this to see if we will like it because we can’t give them feedback! They are testing for bugs and after it all fixed, EVERYBODY will get it. Because if it was a test, they would want our feedback???

    Reply
  19. Rhonda Hennick

    I have this and it is HORRIBLE. If you’re a gamer, you’re screwed. I only play FarmVille, but sometimes you need to see things as soon as they’re posted. You can’t with this. It’s impossible. You have to scroll through half a page of old, old, OLD stuff just to see anything posted even within the last hour. That Twitter-like thing on the right is useless and doesn’t even show up on all my computers. You see the same posts multiple times in your news feed. This is the worst thing they’ve done so far. There is nothing, NOTHING good about it.

    Reply
  20. Becky

    In addition to the “Happening Now” issue, which is terrible, this new homepage screen also got rid of the simple way of using chat. You can see that you have friends on, but the list doesn’t come up of who’s on. So it’s hit or miss if you want to talk to someone. Very irritating. While Facebook has changed it’s homepage set-up in the past, it’s always been to make the site more user friendly. This new set-up is a distracting invasion of privacy that has only made using the site more difficult. If it’s not changed within this week, I will be deleting and deactivating my Facebook, as so many others have done already.

    Reply
  21. scarzilla

    I’m part of the “test group” and I HATE the changes. It’s so hard to navigate through the newsfeed. Posts repeat in the newsfeed, they’re not in order….if I could get down on my knees and beg Facebook to change it back, I would! I spend WAY less time on FB since it changed!

    Reply
  22. Al

    I logged in to my FB acct last week and there it was on my homepage, it too away everything that i used to have on there to the right side of the screen, it is annoying and i hate it very much, i can not see events, Bday, Pokes, friend suggestions… nothing… all i see is what all my friends are doing and if i wanted to see that all the time i would go to thier pages… i thought that is what the notifications are and were for so we could filter what we wanted to see… i also dont agree with the fact that we had no choice of being a BETA tester as they call us… give us back our old pages and if you want to implicate the new Happening Now then make it so that WE can say yes we want it or no we dont want it on our page and also in the future if you need BETA TESTERS then ask people dont just throw us into it without warning… we should have a choice if we want to test it or not.

    Reply
  23. Isabel

    I do not like being put into the test group without my permission. I also do not like the new page set-up. You cannot see who is online, you cannot scroll down the left side of the page anymore, you cannot see events…it really sucks. I am about ready to start checking in once a week to see if my page has been returned to the old one. If it doesn’t go back then I am seriously considering leaving facebook.

    Reply
  24. Betsy

    I guess I’m one of the “chosen” lab rats. FYI – I HATE EVERYTHING about the new news feed page – the twitter junk on the right, the center feed scroll only part… I can’t see my apps, the daily birthdays, or my “pokes” – PUT IT ALL BACK THE WAY IT WAS !!!

    Reply
  25. Ellen

    I hate this new feature. The worst part–as far as I am concerned–is that I can no longer opt to have my most recent news at the top of my home page. I have to scroll through a random mess of a news feed to finally get to the most recent news. And in order to update the most recent news, I have to reload the page! I also miss being able to see birthdays, where the new “happening now” is scrolling on by. I have sent numerous complaints and have received only the generic e mail response acknowledging that they received my feedback.

    Reply
  26. carla

    I am one of the test subjects and don’t like the new layout at all. No one else in my family have it and so they don’t understand how awful it is. To have the ‘most recent’ comments half way down a page is probably the most annoying thing, coupled with the fact some comments appear twice. The ‘twitter like’ updates on the right hand side of the page are totally unnecessary…..i would like my old Facebook page back please…..

    Reply
  27. Eric

    Yeah, I’m stuck with it and it sucks. I hate facebook. When I refresh my news feed the stuff that comes up is from 13 hours ago. This DOES NOT function like Twitter. Twitter is CHRONOLOGICAL. This appears to be based on either randomness or most popular/commented on posts.

    Reply
  28. Ruthie

    I have also been randomly “chosen” for this special new feature. I wouldn’t mind so much if they had asked me if I would like to participate and offer feedback. Then I could tell them exactly what I like and dislike about this new feature. As it is, all I can do is cry helplessly about how much this sucks. I guess I’m one of the lucky ones that still has “Top News” and “Most Recent” at the top of my page, but I am missing birthdays, events, pokes, and probably other things that I don’t even realize.

    My friends also thought I was crazy when I asked them if this was going on until one brilliant person said “post a screenshot” and so I did. No one else is experiencing this, but at least now they know what I’m talking about and that I’m not crazy!

    This new change is so bad that if they don’t at least put back the things they took away, I also might consider deactivating my account. I really like to use facebook, but this new change renders it useless to me.

    Reply
  29. Cathy

    I was one of the lucky 1% that’s it’s being tested on and I hate it. FaceBook has turned a deaf ear to our complaints. There are several groups of us that have banded together to complain and we have heard nothing from FaceBook at all. From where I come from that’s bad business on their part and will hurt them in the long run.
    HELP…………

    Reply
  30. Bridget

    This new Happening Now is rubbish. You can’t see your events or birthdays any more. How long is this going to take until it goes away?

    Reply
  31. Andrew

    Also it is not HAPPENING NOW, but happening THEN, ie 20 to 60 seconds ago.

    No good for gamers.

    Reply
  32. Jerrykar

    I hate this feature so much. It is so annoying and i constantly send messages to Facebook about how much so many people hate. There is even a group called “Happening Now haters” with 368 members and counting that all hate this feature. If FB does not fix this soon, a lot of people will deactivate their account on July 1. I love FB and would hate to do since i am a soldier in Iraq and it is a major way of communication, but Facebook has just gone too far this time. This is an outrage and the unresponsiveness shows how little they care about their members. I just hope they remember that it is the users who made FB what is today and can also make it what it will or will not be tomorrow.

    Reply
  33. Linda Campy

    I absolutely HATE what facebook has done! I don’t really care to see what every one of my friends is doing every minute that I am on facebook. I also don’t think my friends need to see everything I am doing either! I think it is an invasion of my privacy. Sometimes I just want to be on and play games etc. and don’t feel everyone has to know. THAT would be the reason I put my chatbox on offline. I have had people say they know I am online and why can’t they contact me.. WAKE UP<SOMETIMES I WANT TO BE LEFT ALONE! You have made that impossible. Get it off my wall and don't show my doings in it. HATE IT! HATE IT! HATE IT!!!!!It is very distracting also. I don"t like the constant movement, like I said..GET IT OFF MY WALL!!!!

    Reply
  34. JM

    I can NOT adequately put into words how much I HATE the Happening Now format!!! If I wanted to see everything my friends were doing every second I would have a Twitter account! It is so annoying to have constant posts popping up on the right side that are already accessible in my main News Feed! Also I no longer can see who has a birthday which is one of the BEST things I used to enjoy about signing onto Facebook each morning! Facebook should have enough respect for us to at least give us an option to use this format or NOT!!!!

    Reply
  35. Marcia Wilson

    I absolutely hate the new FB profile page. It is very disorganized and I can’t keep up with MY FRIENDS, which is the reason I joined. Please convert back to original status.

    Reply
  36. Jeannie

    Everyone hates it and so do i. I am tired of dealing with the new feature. It makes facebook harder to use. Everything is all out of order. Since when did “30 minutes, yesterday,7 hours ago, just now” become chronological?!?!

    Reply
  37. Rhonda

    This beta is a joke…I HATE IT!!! I cannot sort what I see there is no longer a button to see most recent or status updates…I do not care about the Twitter feed on the right…on the game request page you cannot click on the link to any of your games and see the status updates there as well…I cannot see birthdays, events or anything else I used to like facebook for. I’ve sent complaints everyday and not one response…I did not ask to be part of this beta and don’t appreciate being a guinea pig for them…I am to the point of shutting down my account since it is virtually useless to me now…

    Reply
  38. Laurie

    What bothers me about this is that those of us who are part of the test market group had no say in the matter about being their guinea pigs. We have to try it out and they don’t seem to see how little we care about having it. I’m not sure the folks at Facebook even care how unhappy those of us are who had this forced on us. My mother saw what they’ve put me through and is horrified that she might have to deal with the same thing if they make it a full feature to all Facebook accounts. It makes no sense to have the happening now feed running next to the news feed… it’s reduntant information that no one needs to see twice.

    Reply
  39. Carmen Cashat

    This made me realize how much I relied on Facebook. It has made Facebook useless, for most applications for me. My personal wall is still intact, but the “home page” makes no sense. It begins at 12 hours ago and then jumps to 10 minutes ago and then if you click “more”, so you see older feeds about 10 times, then it will put things in chronological order by “hours”. Too much trouble and it’s too late to comment on anything! If you go to “Happening now”, on the right side of the screen, it gives you maybe 10 minutes and is covered up by advertising. I’m VERY unsatisfied!

    Reply
  40. Carla

    I hate the new Facebook! My toolbar is no longer there. I can’t click home, profile, messages or account to log off because that whole toolbar is gone UNLESS I click the help button (whick is NO HELP AT ALL) but when I hit the home button it disappears again. I also don’t have the regular chat, just a list of selected friends that FB decides to show me so I can’t tell who all is on line. I HATE THIS!

    Reply
  41. Karthick Krishna

    its totally irritating.. i dont wanna knw wat ALL my frnds are doing.. i have the right to choose wat to knw and wat not to.. FB should REMOVE IT..

    Reply
  42. Angela

    I have the “Happening Now” feature and I absolutely hate it. It is redundant, it has no practical value and it is just plain distracting. I am very disappointed that Facebook has not responded to the growing number of complaints from me and many others who feel the same way. How unprofessional. The very least they could do is allow us to opt out. We were not even offered that. DISLIKE!

    Reply
  43. Leona Weday

    Why do I keep getting updates on the right side of my home page. I want my notifications back! Missing peoples birthdays.

    Reply
  44. Bev

    The changes for the test group are horrible. Miss my newsfeed & notifications.
    If it doesn’t improve, I too will be bailing. With millions of users, will facebook admin even care if it loses the test group.
    Such a shame cause it is my daily contact with so many

    Reply
  45. Hope Lee

    This new Whats Happening Now is AWFUL!!!!!!!! I totally hate it I want it STOPPED I am losing things right and left emailed FB to get NOTHING I want to know why were we not at least asked if we wanted to do this or not???? It’s crazy nothing works righ the only reason I have stayed are the games I play there and my groups I may not be around much longer if it keeps up I am so irritated with them its unreal..I would have liked to have been asked if I wanted in on this or not cause I surely DID NOT!!!!!!!!

    Reply
  46. JOJO

    The so called test page is an EPIC FAIL!!!!!! WTF? Why would they not ask first….. I HATE this new page!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t want to be part of any TEST Market for anything! Facebook has stepped WAY OVER the line! I think it’s time for a group of super Geeks to get moving and start another choice for Social Networking…..after all it’s just code!
    PUT MY PAGE BACK to the old format!

    Reply
  47. Lily

    I don’t want to see what my friends are “Liking.” Too much information! I hope Facebook takes note of the user feedback. I didn’t like the last major upgrade, where they changed the profile page by removing the tabs.

    Reply
  48. Ryan

    isn’t it just a sign of greed? i mean like facebook has control of everything but they want more. so they keep tinkering with what they have. their gonna tip the scales and start turning people off to it as opposed to attracting new users. i HATE twitter and dont want fb to be like it at all!

    Reply
  49. Dark_Angel

    I really enjoy Facebook, but many of its updates and page redesigns have really made people angry. From what I’ve read about the new “Happening Now” thing, I’m not overall impressed. Honestly, I’m hoping FB decides to scrap it and try something new!

    Reply
  50. Gabrielle

    @Ryan: Why so much hate for Twitter? I’m sure you’ve tried it out, but what do you hate about it so much? Personally I don’t mind Twitter but FB is definitely preferable!

    Reply
  51. Ryan

    @Gabrielle it is to much junk. to many people constantly tweeting. theyre gnerally not personal friends. at least on facebook most of my friends are people i actually know and they dont constant talk about how their day is going. twitter is to fast pace and just to much to fast and half the time its stuff i dont care about from businesses i follow, just random garbage and self promotion.

    Reply
  52. SherriPaxton

    I have the new Happening Now feature and it totally sucks! My most recent updates on my wall are about 18 hours old and it’s the same stories that have been there for days! I’m happy my coworker has a new grandson, but I gotta say I’m sick of reading about it all day, everyday, while missing out on what my friends and relatives are up to right now. I’ve missed birthdays, events, happenings, etc because I have to re-read 20-30 posts to get down to a post buried 30 posts down that was updated 4 minutes ago! The live feed on the right is stupid. And to make matters worse I now get to see whole conversations between a casual friend and her friend who I don’t even know while they use the N word and Faggot. As a lesbian that pisses me off. My friends would never use that language in my presence. FB used to be a safe place between me and my relatives and friends. Now there is NO privacy. Facebook=FAIL!

    Reply
  53. Vickie

    It’s horrible! I’m one of the guinea pigs and am dying to get out! If I wanted a twitter account, I’d have one. The twitter-like feed tells me about who’s commented on who’s page, even if I’m not friends with them, showing me their page. Privacy issues, of course! The most recent/top news has been removed and shares all old & some recent news with you for a bunch of scrolls down your screen, BEFORE you ever hit current stuff, but, by the time you get there, you’ll have seen some of the same things 3 times! People that play games are missing the game posts. Notifications, pokes, birthdays require a scavenger hunt. One lady said that she has seizures and the constant feed is affecting her! This has taken the enjoyment out of FB. I have been fine with all other changes FB has made, but this one is making me crazy! I realize people will always complain about something, but, until you actually are forced to deal with this, please don’t judge us! :(

    Reply
  54. Donna Rucn

    I want my “Most recent” back up where it should be under home. I am getting duplicates of everything and I do not like this and I was not contacted to say that this was going to be done. I hate what it is doing to my homepage and I would like it corrected as soon as possible PLEASE!!!!!
    Thank you
    Donna Ruch
    donnaruch@gmail.com

    Reply
  55. caroline

    Unfortunately I am one of those been tested ..And I hate it with a vengeance …Since this started 11 days ago for me …I can no longer see any Status updates or Recent Posts …And as for the rolling commentary on the R/H side of my wall ..it’s pathetic & very hard to look at it as it’s constantly scrolling down …. I didn’t ask for this …I don’t want it …But Facebook couldn’t care less what I think as they have never responded once to my numerous emails of complaint regarding this silly test .

    Reply
  56. Bug

    So if everyone hates it, when are they going to fix it? If they implement this permanently I will have to dust off my myspace or livejournal, because this is annoying, not pleasurable. Why would I spend time some where I am annoyed 100% of the time?

    I am thankful I don’t have the Happening Now feed that would have pushed me over the edge the first day. It is bad enough not having a most recent button and being force fed the same updates I didn’t comment on when they were posted yesterday, why would I care now?

    Reply
  57. Beth

    It is horrible. There is no Most Recent tab. If you keep scrolling a random assortment of posts from 10 hours, 10 minutes, 3 hours, and 6 hours ago … it will finally decide to load your most recent … maybe … if it doesn’t crash. T
    The what happening sidebar is worthless. I can see what other people are doing that doesn’t even involve me … like if my husband replies to one his friends that I am not friends with … I SEE THAT. Why do I want to see that? I don’t know the guy!

    I am ready to give up on my personal updates because it takes forever to see the recent news from my actual friends on there.=(

    Reply
  58. Alice

    Horrible, just horrible….you don’t get anything recent, it won’t work on the blackberry app and you can’t play the games because you can’t see the posts to play the games! The people at FB need to stop messing with a good thing and put it back the way it was.

    Reply
  59. Sarah

    I am one of the guinea pigs that they are testing the new system on. You didn’t include in your article that they have also removed the ability to select “Latest Posts” and so only can see what Facebook thinks is important. The What’s Happening Now feed on the right is only annoying – I don’t care who is liking what. I can’t get the timely information that I could before, which reduced the usefulness of facebook considerably. As a result of this test, I am starting to consider alternatives to using facebook for timely commenting and promotion of my business. While facebook might feel they are too big to fail, I’d urge them to reconsider that idea – after all, AOL went from the biggest and best to irrelevant in a relatively short period of time.

    Reply
  60. Kiki

    This is the WORST idea yet! The way it scrolls, it moves so fast you can’t read it anyway and it truly makes me dizzy! I have vertigo issues anyway so this has just made it worse! Thanks to the Extension in Chrome called “Better Facebook” I got rid of it! I am no longer a guinea pig since the extension lets me see my Facebook page the way I want it! Thank you Matt Kruse!!!

    Reply
  61. Max

    Thank you Ryan for seeing things my way. It’s getting to the point where the balance of updates vs. positive user interface is being upset. Too many changes or “updates” are necessarily a good thing. If I want Twitter, I’ll go to Twitter. I want Facebook and that’s why I go to Facebook. If it becomes too Twitter-like, I’m out of there.

    Reply
  62. Gabrielle

    @Ryan: I totally understand where you’re coming from. I would say to simply unfollow those people who your don’t really care too much about, but then you may not be following very many people (which would greatly unclog your Twitter feed). I definitely agree that FB is the preferable option, but I can also see why Twitter is cool. I do follow several celebs on Twitter and what they say is pretty cool. They may not be personal friends and they don’t know who I am, but it’s still neat to have a connection to some stars. Other than that, I don’t find much personal use for Twitter.

    Reply
  63. BillyTee

    ya Ryan why all the twitter hate its not that bad! i see what you mean that they should be two different things but it doesnt mean that twitters bad just different. but i do agree with you that they should stay two different things and fb shouldnt try to be like twitter.

    Reply
  64. Melinda

    Wow! Seems like 100% negative on this. Glad I don’t have it. Sounds like it could be bad news for FB if they don’t work the bugs out!

    Reply
  65. Lori Fishburn

    I was also placed into this test group and I was never warned or asked either. As others have said, there are many glitches and bugs with this program. I am constantly getting activex error messages when on FB. FB has not even bothered to respond to all my emails, and inquiries as to how to give feedback on this mess.

    The biggest concern I have (and the one that will make me permanantly disable my FB) is the lack of privacy. I can see everything each of my friends comment, like, play, post on other peoples pages. Including people I am not friends with. When it goes live for everyone, I will disable as there is no privacy, even with controls. Imagine making a comment to someone and everyone can see it. Including employers, potential employers, etc.

    Horrible layout, no privacy, and poor customer service on FB’s part. Just bad all around.

    Reply
  66. Claudia

    I understand that in order to develop new features and apps, there has to be a core testing group to see what works and what doesn’t, clearly, this is one that doesn’t work. The real time newsfeed, ala, Twitter, is monotonous, pointless, as in: Jason Smith posted something on Farmville…..Really?????? I needed to know that why??? And…if I were in the least bit interested, what did Jason post, telling me over and over that someone posted something somewhere is about as useful as and empty toilet paper roll, or wait, I think there are several uses for the empty toilet roll, but, I think you get my point……maybe the newsfeed can be made into an app that one can acquire if they so choose, or maybe FB can convince Geohot to use his genius computer skills to come up with a genuine innovative idea, such as…….well, that’s for the techno-geeks to work out….

    Reply
  67. Deborah

    I’m one of the test subjects as well, and everyone has accurately described how messed up this “new feature” is. It is absolutely horrible and has made any visit to FB an exercise in aggravation, rather than a fun way to connect with friends. The biggest complaint I have, the one that makes FB currently unusable, is the remove of the “most recent” button. You have to scroll way down the newsfeed page to find most recent posts, and by that point, since you’ve scanned half the posts already, you end up wasting time reading the same thing twice times. It is ridiculous not to have a newsfeed in chronological order. I really don’t care who commented or liked an older post. And I REALLY don’t want to see that one of my friends liked the status or photo of someone who is not a mutual friend of ours — and I absolutely hate the thought (and find it an invasion of my privacy) to know that some friend of my friend is going to see when I comment on something. I also can no longer easily see who has a birthday this week.

    So yeah, I hate this whole “Happening Now” feature and its side-effects (no most recent button) passionately. Thanks, FB, for “enhancing” your software to make it nearly unusable.

    Reply
  68. MikeP

    Yep I am part of the tester group and I dislike 100% this new format. All of my news feeds are messed up and I keep seeing the same posting from like 4-5 days ago. Thank god I have my phone otherwise I wouldnt know what was going on. This new format is not really conducive to its users and rather than ask the people what they would like to see as “changes” they just go ahead and make them. This does not benefit the FB user community at all. To bad its all about the $$$.

    Reply
  69. Suzanne

    I too am a “Happening Now” victim, and I too, hate it! I completely agree that there are DEFINITE privacy issues being violated here — why bother having your account set to “friends only” when people with whom you aren’t friends can view your activity and photos from that feed? Whichever Facebook developer came up with this VERY BAD IDEA must have a serious brain cramp going on — doesn’t Facebook get enough slack about privacy without adding fuel to the fire?

    Also, I’ve noticed that, since this monstrosity was foisted upon me without my permission (definite dig there, in case you’re wondering), that Facebook has been running really slow (like dial-up connection, slow) — it’s obviously a resource-hog. It’s for this reason that my Facebook usage has basically been cut in half (I’ve got lightening-fast speed with FIOS, so I’m not going to waste my time waiting five minutes for my Facebook page to load when I could be doing other things that don’t take as long). I know I’m not the only user who hasn’t been spending as much time on Facebook because of this app, so in case any Facebook employees are reading this, you’d have to come to the following conclusion: “If A LOT of people have cut their Facebook usage over this application, then our advertisements aren’t being clicked as much, which means…WE’RE LOSING ADVERTISING REVENUE.”

    Next problem — I don’t understand the concept of Twitter, I don’t need Twitter, nor have I ever had the desire to join Twitter…but if I ever did…I’D JOIN TWITTER!

    Lastly, I find it a very bad business practice to randomly select users to test a product but to NOT offer those users any kind of option as far as feedback. Is Facebook going to rely on websites like this one to tell them how their users feel about this poor concept, or do they just not care?

    Reply
  70. SonicSEO Team

    Thanks everyone for your comments here. The response has been overwhelming, and obviously all negative. We’re sorry that you’ve all had such bad experiences with Happening Now, but glad that we can serve as an outlet for your feedback. Hopefully Facebook will be responsive and make the necessary changes to this new feature, or else scrap it altogether. We’ll definitely be keeping tabs on this one….keep the comments coming!

    Reply
    • Cynthia

      I am part of the tester group and I dislike this new format 100%
      I want my “Most recent” back up where it should be under home….
      I DON’T like this new “Happening Now” format at all…
      If I wanted ” Twitter” I would have an account…
      Why be so sneaky and change without allowing us the people our say??
      Scrap this stupid format.. I think FB will lose alot of people if they don’t do something very soon.. Change it back now PLEASE…

      Reply
  71. Linda

    I have had this Happening Now for about 2 weeks and it SUCKS. I want my Top News, Most Recent,Events, and birthdays back. If I wanted Twitter I would have got Twitter. I certainly do not want it on Facebook. I want Facebook NOT Twitterbook. This is the worst thing that Facebook has ever did. I dont think they care either or they would be listening to all the people complaining about this horrible feature, but they will not even acknowledge our complaints and comments. I have emailed Facebook and only got a automated response that they have received my email but cant not reply to all. Is there anyone at Twitterbook that cares what we the people think. I want Facebook back.

    Reply
  72. Marsha Kepler

    This new version is stupid, I hate it. None of my friends have it and I don’t want it. It’s useless……

    Reply
  73. brandy

    I too am a “Happening Now” victim, and I too, hate it!I am ready to give up on my personal updates because it takes forever Whats more it bothers me about this is that those of us who are part of the test market group had no say in the matter we just got it pushed on us and that sucks why don’t they turn it off and stick it up there ass…

    Reply
  74. Bianca68

    FB f**cked my account by changing it WITHOUT regard as to whether I wanted this crap on my account. I HATE IT, I HATE IT, I HATE IT!!!! The worse part is the jerks at FB WILL NOT FIX IT BACK!!!! And because they won’t fix I have no other choice but to DELETE my FB account. If that’s what their intent was, then they are welcome to it! Dumbasses!

    Reply
  75. Renée

    I, too, am part of the “Test Group”. I’ve just read all the above comments and agree with all that’s already been said about how awful this new format is. I also participate in the discussion page you mentioned in your article and one of the posts on the “Don’t Like the New “Happening Now” Feed” discussion page refers to this article:

    http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2011/06/facebook-is-quietly-testing-first-major-redesign-in-over-a-year/241052/#slide18

    This article explains that these changes were basically designed to please/attract more advertisers. So, I’m thinking that if FB actually implements this monumental fail of an update, they’ll not only lose a whole lot of subscribers but another backlash will be a massive boycott of all FB advertisers. After all, we all know “Money talks, BS walks”.

    In any case, I also want to go on the record as being another thouroughly disenchanted user. FB was created for the enjoyment of their users and this new format now makes using FB an actual “chore”. In view of the lack of even one favorable response, maybe they’ll have enough sense to scrap it before doing irreparable damage!

    Reply
  76. Stephen Gelb

    it seems to have disappeared from my page, hopefully permanently and hopefully from everybody else’s too.

    Reply
    • SonicSEO Team

      Interesting! Anyone else experiencing this? Sarah, sorry that you are not. Perhaps they are pulling it to revamp it and address some of the concerns you’ve all been expressing. We hope so!

      Reply
      • heather from Ohio

        they are still testing it started on mine today and I hate it I want my reminders back and my old layout this new one sucks :{ I cant even figure out how to report it sent a report just not sure if I sent it to the right place :{

        Reply
    • Helen

      Maybe they decided to take it off people who disliked it and give it to new guinea pigs to try and find someone who can give them a positive vibe??? I got mine yesterday for the first time and like everyone else dislike it in such a major way…. Horrid horrid horrid…

      Reply
  77. Terrance

    I am so glad to not have been “chosen” by the FB gods! After Reading all of these comments and concerns, I certainly hope that FB understands the overwhelming dissent on this issue. I will be quite upset if the new format is implemented FB-wide.

    Reply
  78. Rhonda Hennick

    I, too, have been given back my Top News/Most Recent filters at the top of the page; however, I do still have the “Twitter” feed, which still does replace daily event notifications, pokes, etc., and is still very distracting, redundant and still represents a serious privacy violation. Hopefully they will at the very least give us the option to toggle that window on and off. The information provided is completely useless for the most part. Since I happen to play a game, the majority of the information I see is “*Your friend* posted something in FarmVille.” We do not need to see an entire window full of this. If we play a game and want to see game posts, we have that option in our news feed filter. Let’s hope they either do away with it completely, allow filtering for that information as well, or allow it to be turned off.

    Reply
  79. Cynthia

    Thank you for reading ALL of my emails wall posts bug reports etc…. If you read NONE of the many that I sent in about this terrible horrible new format ” Happening Now” thats cool too… BUT just wanted to say thank you for giving me back my old format and PLEASE NEVER give that stupid ” Happening Now” crap back to me EVER EVER AGAIN…
    Thank you…. :-)

    Reply
    • SonicSEO Team

      So it’s gone from yours as well? Please let us know if it comes back and is altered to work better, be less redundant with the regular news feed, etc. Or if it comes back and is unchanged (hopefully not!)

      Reply
  80. Kim

    Hate It! Please Facebook — turn off this ridiculous feature right now. Please give me back my old format.

    Reply
    • SonicSEO Team

      Thanks for the link, Melinda! Interesting – the first positive feedback from anyone we’ve seen yet is mentioned in the article. Seems like a drop in the bucket of negativity though. Stay tuned!

      Reply
  81. Heidi

    I hate it! I’m one of the unlucky users who was chosen involuntarily to be a guinea pig and I want my old News Feed back! The right column is completely redundant, not to mention that I’m not interested in every single solitary thing my friends do on FB. I don’t follow Twitter for a reason…I just don’t need all of that information.

    Reply
  82. Linda Campy

    GET IT OFF MY WALL!!!!!!!!DIDN’T ASK FOR IT AND DON’T WANT IT!!!!

    Reply
  83. Helen

    Dislike it so very much… Hate how I have lost my reminders and stuff that used to be in that top right. Hate how I now have Top News taking up the the first god knows how many scrolls and to see the important stuff I have to go hunting – who decided what is Top News??? I certainly don’t think what I see as “top news” is worthy of that title… Give me back the ability to filter my feed to how I want it – not some one size fits all look – I want to see the status updates of my friends – seeing as it was taken away from my friends wall in the last revamp (MAJOR FAIL AGAIN FB!!), this was the only way I could see it – and now you just give me more junk to wade through… How many times do we need to say Fail before someone gets some flippen sense and listens to the users… Honestly… Why don’t they fix things that need fixing instead of giving us crap that ruins FB…

    Reply
    • Bianca68

      It won’t get fixed on it’s own! Search FB for the Facebook’s “Happening Now” Haters page. You’ll find the resources and hints to have your page put back the way it was. You MUST complain to get it fixed, if you do nothing they are assuming you LIKE the way they destroyed your account! And don’t just file one complaint – attack them with as many as you can! Type complaints til your fingers bleed!

      Reply
    • Bianca68

      Here’s what you have to do – Search FB for the Facebook’s “Happening Now” Haters page. You’ll find the resources and hints to have your page put back the way it was. You MUST complain to get it fixed, if you do nothing they are assuming you LIKE the way they destroyed your account! And don’t just file one complaint – attack them with as many as you can! Type complaints til your fingers bleed!

      Reply
  84. Allison

    I too have fallen victim to the Happening Now experiment. It’s absolutely horrible. Utterly destroys the FB experience. If it’s not gone by the end of the month I’m deactivating my account. IT’S THAT BAD!!!!!

    Reply
    • Bianca68

      You are not the only victim! Search FB for the Facebook’s “Happening Now” Haters page. You’ll find the resources and hints to have your page put back the way it was. You MUST complain to get it fixed, if you do nothing they are assuming you LIKE the way they destroyed your account! And don’t just file one complaint – attack them with as many as you can! Type complaints til your fingers bleed!

      Reply
  85. Another Melinda

    Facebook continues to make their changes, picking out people at random every day, probably on an hourly basis.

    What really bothers me now is that Facebook is doing their experiment using unethical methods. Human subject research experimentation protocol MUST include INFORMED CONSENT. This is completely missing from how they are conducting their research. No, wait! Is Facebook’s Happening Now experiment being done on the humans or their computers? I may be wrong, but the last time I looked, I was still human.

    It may be a bit of a stretch from the example of what happened in Stockholm, but not really. The Happening Now experiment is in reality a VIRTUAL equivalent of what happened in 1973 in the Stockholm bank. Facebook is conducting their worldwide experiment on the unwilling, uninformed humans subjects who are the customers and users of Facebook.

    Check out this article on wikipedia about the Stockholm Syndrome:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockholm_syndrome

    And for more information about human subject research, read this article on wikipedia:
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/121269104586679?ap=1

    Thank you for listening to all of us rank and rave here. It’s been a good outlet for us all. I don’t think that complaining to Facebook or on their group is going to do any good in the long run.

    Reply
  86. anonymous

    I am a “crash test dummy” for this “happening now” red carpet event they rolled out that I never knew I was invited to. I am currently in Iraq and away from my family and friends. I use facebook as a way to keep in touch with them however this new feature is so bothersome that I had to deactivate my account altogether cutting ties from my loved ones. My biggest problem with it? Why am I being subjected to viewing everything that everyone posts on everyone elses pages especially if I do not know the people that my friends are posting to? Its become the GPS tracking system of the facebook world. Great for stalkers, bad for everyone else. Quit the live streaming if I wanted to join twitter and “follow” someones every move, I would’ve done so by now. EPIC FAIL FACEBOOK! FIX IT!

    Reply
  87. RJB

    I hate the Happening Now “feature.” I hate being used as a guinea pig. I hate having my privacy settings disregarded.

    Reply
  88. Rachel

    I was apart of the Happening Now experiment for about two days. It was terrible screwed up the entire FB page. I was extremely upset that I could not turn it off. I haven’t minded the changes FB has been implementing but this has got to be there worst. FB please drop this latest venture. I mean seriously why do you think Myspace went down hill? Because they kept changing everything. Don’t fix what isn’t broke

    Reply
  89. Taylor

    Poor Facebook!!! They really shot themselves in the foot on this one.
    If only they had told everyone or at least the test group, in advance; brought them into the process somehow.
    If only the “testees” had somewhere to go to get questions answered, FB would have had a running chance with this. The lack of contact truly doomed them,not the new features. All they needed to do was post something rather then sending already frustrated end users automated messages saying – “thanks but we are too busy to respond to you” (ARE THEY TOTALLY CRAZY- perhaps they should spend less money on developers and hire some decent PR folks!!)
    I was in the test group.I initially hated the new format, but I would have given it a running chance in the hope of FB tweaking it to make it work for us.
    Like in the Middle East, the “underclasses” are speaking out and possibly moving on- FB, take note

    Reply
  90. Chase

    The Happening Now feature is absolutely terrible. Apart from not seeing events, it shows friends who aren’t even online where the chat section use to be.

    Reply
  91. Bianca68

    I had it and to say I hated it is an understatment. First of all, I had no idea I was going to be FB’s victim as my page was just altered without any warning at all. I thought something was wrong with FB! (Well, technically there was – they let dumbasses try Happening Now). None of my friends were having problems so I started poking around, found the “report a bug” section on the FB Help Page and started from there. Then I found the FB’s Happening Now Haters page! What a relief to know I wasn’t alone! I launched an attack back at FB on their Help Page by using the “report a bug” repeatedly. I didn’t report once or twice – I did it non-stop for an entire morning. By early afternoon, my page had started to correct and by evening was back to normal. What is really sad is that the Haters page had around 250 people on it when I found it. As of now it’s about to go over 800! Don’t you think that should tell the idiots that it is a BAD IDEA! I have found no endorsement by anyone, anywhere that likes this stupid idea. What gives FB the right to take over my page without leaving me ANY opportunity to opt-out of a truly bad, bad idea? The Happening Now idea is a FUBAR right up with the same FU’s that changed Coca-Cola’s formula! Dumbasses!

    Reply
  92. Paul von Born

    I’m one of the afflicted, and like everybody else I hate it. Simply hate it.
    Privacy is gone – I can watch anything my friends interact on, regardless if I’m not a friend of that person. I can see pictures, walls, statuses and so on for people I’m not Facebook friend with, even if their profile is set to private.

    The happening now feed on the right is ludicrous. I’ve got +1000 friends, due to games on FB requiring many friends to advance in them. This does not mean that I want to read everything they’re doing. With that many friends the happening now feed just ticks along, with hardly enough time to even see the scarcely few noticed I do want to read before they’re gone.

    With that many friends I’ve just friend lists, and through the Most resent link and friend list filter option I could still keep up with people I do care about. This is gone now. Facebook will only show me what they think I should read, not what I want.

    News feed is no longer chronological, entries from five seconds ago mixed with entries from yesterday, five hours ago and so on. Several of the “news” are listed in Happening now, regular news feed and most recent(if you can find it further down on the page). Some news reappear several times on the same page in all those chategories, God or FB knows why.

    I want my Most recent and friend list filter possibility back!

    Reply
  93. angele mandeux

    This new design is a HUGE fail. Unless the designer of it was in cahoots with someone at Google, (who I hear is rolling out Google+ this week) the new format makes absolutely NO sense.
    1) It is incompatible with the VERY popular Zynga games. The game feed has status updates in it. The ability to toggle between statuses, pics and games is gone from the feed. “Most recent” is midway to the bottom, and easy to miss if one scrolls to quickly, or if it’s even there at all. (Mine poofed for a awhile.)

    2)The “stalker bar” is gonna get some poor schmuck killed. Seriously. If don’t want to see a live feed of what my friends are doing every second of their online time. I don’t want my crazy ex, who a friend of a friend to know what pics I am posting, what my new family looks like, or people I haven’t added to see my stuff. Period.

    3)It doesn’t work with smart phones. I am unable to get anything but “top news” on my phone. What is the point of logging in throughout the day if I can’t see anything new? Which brings me to:

    4) How is driving away users and decreasing pages views GOOD for advertisers? I know Zuck & Co. are trying to sell the fact that the ads stay put as a good thing. But here’s the deal:in the old format, I refreshed constantly to get the newest of the new. I use an adblocker, I’ll admit, but when online on systems that don’t that brought a new crop of ads to me every time. New=stimulating and eye-catching. If the same ad just sits there, it becomes part of the landscape, and thus it gets tuned out. Plus, with users like me leaving in droves, and those who stay logging fewer page views and less face-time, well, it’s a FAIL for advertisers, too.

    Reply
  94. Lady Diotima

    I have it – discovered it last week. Like other people have already articulated, it is interesing that the test group was not notified about the changes. But if you don’t realize the reality of the situation, which is that nearly all social networking sites are, as I type, collecting TONS of info. on you (which you give willingingly and consenting, even if you don’t realize it…), this change may seem like a violation of your rights or privacy on the site. Right…Come on people.

    Anyhow, I like the changes. I think it is, however, a bit *busy* (not the greatest for folks who are a bit ADD, lol). I also feel a bit uneasy about all the people that don’t have the new beta profile and who are totally confused by all this. I wish facebook was giving every test account, like, ten invities that we could pass on to our friends that don’t have it. I notice that they are actively refining it (not exactly sure how often), so many of the issues/problems that test users are bringing up, will be fixed. Facebook is run by users – remember that. If your profile has been selected, you willing chose to sign up for said projects (whether you knew it or not), so if you don’t like it, give feedback directly to facebook. Or deactivate your account. If you DO like it, do the same – give FEEDBACK!!! :)

    I’m a supporter of the changes. Hey, they have to keep up with Google+ anyway, right?!!

    Reply
    • SonicSEO Team

      Thank you for the post. Interesting to see some positive feedback, although you are greatly outnumbered! Could be a symptom of the fact that people are quicker to speak out when they don’t like something than when they do. None of us here have seen the changes yet, so we’re withholding our judgment, but here’s hoping Facebook at least responds to the major complaints about privacy loopholes, scrambled chronologies, and the loss of events/birthdays.

      Reply
      • Lady Diotima

        Thank you for the feeback. Just to round this out…I strongly agreed with the comment above by “Tyler”: “If only they had told everyone or at least the test group, in advance; brought them into the process somehow. If only the “testees” had somewhere to go to get questions answered, FB would have had a running chance with this. The lack of contact truly doomed them, not the new features.” People confused are not happy people.

        I’ve contacted facebook with my feedback, and am waiting for a response. I am curious to see if they do respond to me. I’ve never contacted support on fb before (so no frame of reference on that).

        What I want to see (and please advise if anyone *has* seen one…), is a SUPPORTIVE/POSITIVE “HAPPENING-NOW” group or cause page. All topic associated pages on fb are critical/negative. That’s probably not helping the cause… My search on fb for a *non-complaint page* about the new feature has been fruitless.

        Reply
        • Helen

          Totally – there are many that are qualified in testing and would gladly put our hand up to give feedback on performance and new functionality etc… It’s the “well this is how it is going to be” attitude that really annoys me – like the photo viewer – I still hate it with a passion – why do I have it? Why can they not allow us to opt out of the crappy thing. It makes my photos smaller, I can’t edit in it – so I just hit F5 every single time to get out of it. But then the F5 sometimes takes you back to the feed. Over and over/ Just really annoying. So the fact that they take away stuff from us that actually worked well, give us stuff that doesn’t work well and instead of fixing that, give us more stuff that still doesn’t work well – just drives me nuts!!! And even when there is such an outcry from the users, they totally put their blindfold on and ignore the masses….

          Reply
        • Diane

          You say the same things my son says…I say to you….wait…When your Facebook account gets hacked, you have stuff posted you’ve never seen, and Fb chooses who you can interact with, and blocks who you haven’t in 3 days, Then TELL ME HOW MUCH YOU LIKE IT>>>When you can’t receive posts from friends and family because gee you work and so do they and can’t spend every hour of the day on FB trying to keep stuff from being blocked or deleted. The TWITTER feed is JUNK. Nothing useful as soon as the feed hits the bottom of the page it’s gone forever…And if your a gamer, give up, your game play is gone. You can’t go to the games actual site as most are now exclusive to Facebook. There is nothing and I do mean nothing positive about this stalker feed, screwed up Happening NOW, it leaves you wide open to stalking, hacking, and complete violation of any privacy you may have thought you had!!!

          Reply
    • Helen

      I’ll be honest – with a bit of tweaking, I don’t mind it – however what I DISLIKE intently is the removal of the Top News/Latest News options, no filter any more to be able to find what is happening with people that I want to know about – seeing as they took that Status update of our own walls, there is no way now to find out what is happening unless you roll through their walls… Pain in the butt… I dislike having to scroll through what FB classes as “top news” – utter rubbish!!! I also don’t like not being able to tweak what I see in that rolling update. I really don’t care if a page I have liked, likes someones photo or a comment – who cares – certainly not many of us!! Another thing I dislike is the removal of our events and things – like birthdays!!! I now have to go hunting to see someone is having a birthday… So basically if they gave us back what we had and then shoved this thing somewhere else, allowed us to tweak it to what we want – considered others privacy then MAYBE I may be OK with it – in the meanwhile, I am now casting my eyes at Google+ as I am over FB not giving any consideration to what their users want… Ok so it’s free – well it was free before you did your changes and it was better!!!

      Reply
      • Lady Diotima

        Thanks for your honesty. I’ve been trying to figure out why (seemingly) all the test account holders are flying off the handle, incredibly unhappy with the change. With that said, I thoroughly understand (and take very seriously) the privacy issue, with regard to what us, as testers, are seeing via the new feed.

        I feel strongly that facebook should tweak the feature so I (as well as all others with the test accounts) am not seeing what my friend’s friends’ comment is on their brother-in-law’s picture. That is a bit much, and mildly invasive. This is the heart of the issue, from my perspective.

        Reply
        • Helen

          Yes indeedy – I really am not interested in a Page that I like, liking this and that and commenting on something – unless I have commented on that same thing…
          I really REALLY want my filter back though… I have a problem with this Top News rubbish and having to scroll through junk to get to my PROPER wall… My interaction with my friends has now decreased as I don’t know much about what is going on – unless I am online at the time and see it… *sigh*

          Reply
    • Helen

      Oh and yes – I gave feedback – multiple lol – I thought there was a bug to start with!!! But as per normal, the standard response i.e. none came back apart from the auto response…

      Reply
      • Debbie

        They haven’t even done me the courtesy of sending the dumb automated response to any comment or complaint I have made!

        Reply
    • Another Melinda

      I am unable to find anything on Facebook’s pages referring to testing. Would you please send me a link to this? Thanks.

      Reply
  95. Bill

    I am one of the lab rats that has the misfortune to be “testing” this new format. Today by noon the most recent news feed I had was 15 hours old. Now I know that a least one person from my friends list has said something a little more recent that. This is a failure! Yet FB continues to push this on us. Sending them feed back only gets you a form auto email response. The voice of the people mean very little to the FB clowns. They will push this on us regardless what we want.
    On the up side I have started reading more books, at least I know they won’t change mid chapter to some weird format or different language

    Reply
    • Helen

      Lol – you summed it up perfectly – what was originally a social application, has now turned into an application that you no longer can find anything out about your friends… This “What’s Happening” function is turning us off our social interaction. I just wish they would fix the bugs before throwing more junk at us…

      Let’s just hope that Google+ is watching and listening and doesn’t go down the same path…

      Reply
  96. Another Melinda

    I’ve seen mentioned several times that Facebook’s fine print has that they have the right to conduct this test on us. I looked through their page and am unable to find anything. If someone else knows where it is, I would appreciate knowing just exactly where it is. As one of the lab rats on this experiment, I am appalled at their methods and techniques. Facebook shows a complete ignorance of business ethics. I hope they go the same way as the many businesses who have gone down in flames ignoring their customers complaints, needs, and requests. Facebook threw out the mantra “the customer is always right.”

    Reply
  97. Stefanie

    I hate it! and have been trying to get my page fixed for weeks. FB should have given us a choice! I want my page back as I am about to leave FB.

    Reply
  98. Melissa

    I have had this feature for almost 2 weeks now. I have complained everyday that I hate it and they still have yet to remove it. What really makes me mad is that they put it on my profile without my consent, and there is no way to remove it if you don’t like it. It’s really sad that they aren’t taking any action because I have yet to see one person say they actually like it and it is beneficial to them. I have missed countless birthdays the past couple of weeks because I was not reminded that it was that person’s birthday. I’m really getting tired of it, and if it is not removed soon, I can tell you I will NOT be using Facebook any longer.

    Reply
    • Diane

      I have a answer for The Birthday reminders. This week I had a family member have a birthday the reminder was sent to my regular gmail. Otherwise you do not get the reminder anymore..Also the posts from your friends, posts to your email (only if you’ve received something daily from them). Also for those with the missing apps. unless you use them daily you have to search them out every time you use them. Facebook does do want us interacting with others during this test so they are only allowing you to see and visit what you do daily not once a week. Good Luck!!!!!!!!!!

      Reply
  99. Unhappy

    I am one of the test subjects, and I don’t like it. I wish FB had given us the option to choose to test it or not, or at least given us the option to turn it off. The Happening Now is too much info and intrudes on one’s privacy. And even if I get it switched off by making numerous complaints, I do not like knowing that there are others out there watching my every move – just not right!

    And taking away Most Recent from the top of the page is a bad move; mine is now stuck somewhere down in the middle of the News Feed – what use is most recent posts there?

    Reply
  100. Jenny

    I absolutely HATE the new layout! I have had it for over 2 weeks now. For the first week, I went through a complete computer check to see if there was something wrong with my settings, etc. I deleted LOTS of applications that were probably unnecessary. I feel as though Facebook could have at least warned us users that we were going to be part of the test group instead of changing it in a split second. I can’t begin to tell you how many pages and complaints I have made and only received one response initially that was automated. ABSOLUTELY NO CUSTOMER SERVICE! Quite pathetic, in my opinion. I want my old layout back ASAP! I can tell you that ever since they changed my layout, I have cut my usage down at least 50%. I don’t really care about the ticker comments to the right because my friends are commenting or “liking” someone’s photo, etc. that I am not even friends with! Isn’t that a privacy violation?

    Reply
    • Helen

      Hahahaha – that’s the same as me – I hate being on FB now as I can’t see the stuff I am interested in any more at a click… It has turned me off FB in such a big way and roll on Google+ – here is hoping that they are watching this. At least Google listens to the masses… It’s like a FB self destruction really cos if they roll this out to the general public instead of a test group, not one person will like the new layout… And whoever thought it up needs to go find a job where using brain cells is not required.

      Reply
  101. Sunny

    I am another unwilling guinea pig. I cannot stand what Facebook has done. They also rolled out the new chat feature, which has made things worse. All the people who are available for chat no longer show up. I have to search by name. I hate the scrolling “happening now” mess on the side of my page. I nearly missed one birthday. I have seen wayyy too much about what everyone is up to. I cannot find current news. My option to look at game postings only has disappeared. I cannot understand why Facebook would BREAK what was working fine. Yes. They broke Facebook. I have complained, multiple times and keep getting the same canned email answer. If I didn’t have so many important contacts on Facebook, I would be gone already. It’s frustrated me beyond words. But, we are a military family and we depend on Facebook to keep in touch with everyone.

    Reply
  102. Nathan

    I am part of the “testers”. I HATE it. I don’t need 10 updates that my friend liked 10 pictures of someone I don’t know. Also, people who have their posts hidden from non-friends can now see their posts read because you can click and open it up. Just toss it all together, I don’t need a separate news feed to see what my friends like, because frankly I don’t care about 99% of the likes.

    Reply
  103. Deb

    this is horrid. i cant see any of my events/birthdays/etc anymore. it has also done away with my friends on the left to show me who’s online. I never asked to be a part of this “test market”, and for what it’s worth, I havent been provided with a way out of it. with the intense interest in google+, their timing couldnt be any worse

    Reply
  104. Bug

    As a business owner I think FB would be making a huge mistake to continue to ignore its users. Of course you always have to do what keeps the profits up, but you can’t do that at the expense of losing customers.

    From researching the happening now feed, I have found some horrible stories about FB’s lack of customer support. I think if the general population knew how bad some of these offenses were, they would think twice about using FB. I know I am. Now that I am in Google+ I plan on using that more than FB. If I even keep my account open I will keep it very bare and only to keep in touch with out of town relatives and friends. I have already started deleting my photo albums and removed the majority of my information.

    I never got the actual side bar feed, but I did lose my Top News/ Most Recent Links.
    When I found out people were getting the feed, I was thankful I did not have it. Seeing the same info repeated in the Top News ( haha ) while searching for my Most Recent updates was bad enough, seeing it all a third or fourth or fifth time would have been maddening.

    The most alarming feature to this update is seeing that I can see stranger’s photos, links, and statuses if my friends commented or even liked them. That means if any of my friends’ other friends have this they can see mine too. I have my settings set at friends only. Obviously, this doesn’t mean diddly to FB. The biggest concern is the fact that a person I absolutely do not want to see me, can.

    Just check out the FB group Facebooks “Happening Now” haters, you’ll see over 1000 frustrated members who just want FB to acknowledge them.

    Reply
    • Helen

      I totally agree – I am waiting to be able to get into Google+ – sick to death of all this stooopid stuff forced on us and seeing crap I don’t want to see… Your post said it all… Bye Bye FB….

      Reply
  105. Amy N.

    I detest being used like a guinea pig and subjected to this horrible “Happening Now” layout. It feels like an invasion of privacy when I can read comments posted by my friends on a complete stranger’s status. I have my privacy settings customized for a reason. I do not like being stalked nor do I like the feeling that I am a peeping Tom peering into the lives of individuals that I do not know.

    I despise the lack of control over my “News Feed”. I want to see the most recent posts, not what an algorithm has calculated as being relevant to me based on the popularity or most recent update to a friend’s status, photo, or link. I hate wading half-way down my news stream just to read the most current posts only to find redundancies in the timeline that was listed at the top of the page.

    The twitter-like stream is not user-friendly. My mouse will not scroll smoothly down that section of the page. Also, I fear that the constant streaming might trigger an increase of seizures for epileptic users.

    I can not wait until Google + goes live as I would love to juxtapose the Facebook layout versus their layout. If I had been given a warning or at least an opt-out option I would not feel so outraged by the way I have been treated in my week long experience in the test group. I have complained, reported bugs, posted on the discussion boards, but feel as though the corporate entity does not care about the end user as I have been ignored. I know I am not the only one who feels this way.

    Reply
  106. Helen

    You are certainly not the only one who feels this way!! Sadly I think as per normal, they will ignore us – but at least, if Google+ comes up to speed, we will be able to walk with our fingers!! :-)

    I personally don’t mind the scrolling updates – however, having no control on what is scrolling through there is frustrating.

    I DISLIKE intently that whole merge of Top News and recent news – total waste – even when I could choose between Top news and recent news – I never selected the the Top News – and now it is just a waste of screen real estate…

    I also dislike that I have to really study the news posts to try and find the start of the recent news – a preschooler could have designed a better screen!

    Mostly I hate that there is no filters… FB = FAIL BADLY

    Reply
  107. Linda Campy

    GIVE ME BACK MY CHATBOX AND SHOW ME AS OFFLINE! I DO NOT WANT TO TRY YOUR NEW CHAT!!! I WAS STUCK WITH YOUR CRAPPY SCROLL AND I HATED THAT AS WELL, WAS GLAD WHEN YOU PUT MY PAGE BACK TO NORMAL. NOW!!! PLEASE DO THE SAME FOR MY CHAT BOX, I HATE ALL THIS NEW STUFF YOU ARE COMING UP WITH, IF IT AINT BROKE, DON’T FIX IT!!!! HATE IT HATE IT HATE IT!!!!

    Reply
  108. Helen

    Woohoo – I’ve just done the better facebook upgrade and he has a little bit of code that has removed the live updates – still have merged Top posts and recent posts though which is a bummer but still – better than having that dang thing top right…

    This is his chat about it – there is also a bit about the Chat window problems…

    http://betterfacebook.net/blog/

    Reply
    • Another Melinda

      Yes, Helen, the Better FB people are great, but I’ve found an Even Better Facebook solution. I’m on Google+ now. It came around just in time, and not a minute too late.

      Reply
      • Helen

        DITTO!! Did you see Matt (Better Facebook) is in there too? Already looking at it lol…

        Reply
  109. Sharon

    I hate it. I feel that privacy has been compromised when I see comments made to people I don’t know and I can add my comment if I wish. I don’t like seeing who is doing what…..it is of no interest to me if someone likes or comments on a friend’s status, photo or anything really. I feel cornered and don’t know which way to go. I won’t comment on others pages cos I don’t know who will see it, as some friends have private profiles and my comment could lead to strangers making comments too….it is a horrible idea and FB needs to remove it.

    Reply
  110. Helen

    Well I have just been let into Google+ and I have to say – GOODBYE FACEBOOK!!! I hope that all of you take the chance and go and have a look at it – it’s very very nice indeed – in so many ways that Facebook isn’t…

    Reply
    • Another Melinda

      I couldn’t agree with you more, Helen. Google Plus is well laid out, pleasing to the eye, clean and uncluttered, easy to navigate. In more ways than one, it’s designed for adults and not children. For me, I compare FB to a hyperactive penny arcade at the county fair full of hustlers and con men. G+ is more like a country estate with plenty of room for everyone. All things considered, there’s a time and place for both, but I can get more done in a quiet room free from clutter and other annoying distractions.

      Reply
      • Lady Diotima

        Okay, guys…once again, you’ve looped back around to the irrelevant points, that everyone won’t stop making. Let’s try to think about it a different way, instead of just repeating what everyone else just stated.

        It’s been about 3 weeks now that I’ve had it – about a week has passed since my last comments on here. STILL at the heart of the issue is *CORPORATE ENTERPRISE*. Nobody that I know who is actually a tester is getting feedback from Facebook. Why? It’s pretty obvious. Facebook apparently don’t care about answering the single user…they are getting the feedback they want, on their terms — by assessing (basically watching…) how the testers are using the functionality of the new feed. I can’t seriously believe they are interested in our “actual” feedback…can you imagine that you would be??! I mean, if you worked in “customer service” at facebook (which doesn’t exist guys!), can you imagine trying to field all the ridiculous, repetitive commentary that is being rolled out on here???!! Come on guys, let’s be real.

        We are willing guinea pigs. Admit it!!! So either use the functionality to do something for yourself (marketing, etc.), or submit a REAL APPEAL to facebook to have the silly new news feed taken off, if it’s ruining your life. I’m just being honest here. Sorry if I’ve offended – that is not my intention. Testers should be sticking to the *heart of the issue* and quit convoluting the issue with all this ridiculousness.

        Reply
        • Lady Diotima

          Btw: This comment was not meant specifically for anyone, def. not “Another Melinda.” You’ve made some excellent points “Another Melinda”…especially on the front of the huge difference between google+ and facebook. Google+ is JUST ON THE HORIZON of becoming the chosen social networking site. We just need to remember we’re in control, not them…which always keeps the systems in check. :)

          Reply
          • Another Melinda

            There’s a place for FB and it’s products. I just prefer spend most of my time with adults and when I’m with kids, I prefer being with real ones and not playing online lines. Time to move on. Hopefully, the kids who are using FB will grow up eventually, too. On the other hand, maybe they’ve got a bad case of Peter Pan Syndrome.

      • Helen

        Hahaha – totally!! I made the comparison of the silk purse and the sows ear!!!

        Reply
  111. Bridgette

    I hate this new feature! It’s annoying, redundant, and I could care less if someone posts a link about Mafia Wars, or likes someone’s photo who I don’t know, or joined the Bring Back Garbage Pail Kids group! Fine if they want to beta test and use some of us as guinea pigs, but at least give us the opportunity to disable this nonsense. Once they see EVERYONE disables it, they will know it was yet again another one of their stupid ideas and can it once and for good.

    Reply
    • Helen

      FB doesn’t give options to disable stuff – Better Facebook does however and the developer is working very hard to undo all that FB does… He has a hard job in front of him with this mess though. I have disabled that ridiculous feed so I don’t have to watch it any more but I still have a totally ridiculous jumbled wall. I have repeatedly asked for my Top Stories/Recent Post functionality to be returned as I have no way of filtering any more through the junk that they are showing me – and still nothing has changed… But my suggestion to you is check out Better Facebook – as long as you don’t have IE, it works like a dream and unlike FB – this guy actually responds to your queries! He has also fixed a lot of the other stooopid stuff that FB forced upon us…

      Reply
    • Another Melinda

      And for a very good reason! Hang in there, Dan. Get yourself an invitation to Google Plus and you’ll feel much better.

      Reply
  112. ammisse othmane

    We hate the ” happening now ” feature , it’s a huge failure …
    Attention Creators of Facebook!! I understand you want to revolutionize or spruce up FB by updating systems like our chat/IM method system but the current update is rather lack luster! You may have tried to make it more convenient for others( i.e. ppl who don’t wanna see the offline friends) when you now have INCONVENIENCED EVERYBODY ELSE! The majority have spoken(Robert Rules) please bring back the old chat format where you can see all your friends that is says are online, and not just the ones you recently chat with! Example of what I’m talking about I have 95 friends online I can only chat with 8! what the heck !! Fix it immediately if you want to survive facebook !!

    Reply
  113. Zuckerl Wiener

    “Happening Now” is driving me crazy !!! I want to see the news (either game news or status updates)on my News Feed site ! As before ! In chronological order ! This new “Twitter Thingy” is a pain in … somewhere ! And somewhere is the perfect place for “Happening Now” :-)) Well, it´s really driving me crazy, just laughing my anger away. I´m not interested to read that Mr. Zrgzt likes Mrs. Trhgt`s photo. Reading that one of my game neighbors posted SOMETHING from FV or CW, doesn´t help. I need to know what this person has posted, does she/he need help or is there something interesting for me, something I could use. Well, it´s just a game, it´s not THAT important but still … we have a lot of players here on FB. And we all know that there are many other ways to play PLUS many other ways to keep in touch with family and friends PLUS to find new friends. Why bother using FB any longer … “they” don´t care about us (as it seems).

    Reply
    • Helen

      Check out Better Facebook to get rid of it – the news feed is still horrid though but at least with Better Facebook you can manipulate it to something a little easier to work through… I enjoyed shutting down that stupid Happening Now rubbish – lol – made me feel like I had the power back again to see what I want to see and not what some silly development team thinks is the best thing since sliced bread!

      Here is Matts blog around that “ticker” that we know as Happening Now…

      http://betterfacebook.net/blog/blog/2011/07/08/hide-facebooks-new-chat-sidebar-and-ticker/

      Reply
  114. lmh

    I hate it! Where is my privacy?! I don’t need thousands of people knowing every little thing I do. It’s creepy, and to be honest, downright sketchy. I didn’t ask to be part of a ‘test-group’, and I had to use BetterFacebook addon to BLOCK it! Just give me back my old homepage.

    Reply
  115. Diana

    I really hate this new feature and want it gone from my page. I don’t care who my game friends are “liking” or who they are commenting on. I don’t want the thing and just want my old page back. I want to be able to see my bookmarked apps, and get to them without having to go to my profile, I want to see my notifications on events and birthdays, and I want to see who has poked me today!!! Change me back to the old way!!!

    Reply
  116. Mark Carlson

    This Happening Now thing was just thrust on me, unannounced, today. It is the first thing in my six years of being on FB that has made me want to leave FB altogether. It is HORRIBLE. It is so distracting, annoying, infuriating… the list of angry adjectives could go on for awhile. I DO NOT WANT IT, yet they have provided no way to turn the damn thing off. GRRRRRRR

    Reply
  117. Steph

    I think it is awful and completely invasive. I am angry that I was chosen as a test subject without my consent and will leave Facebook if it is not eliminated. This is the worst thing Facebook could have ever done. I do not want to share EVERYTHING I write to my friends and Facebook has made violated any trust that I may have had in its privacy settings. Facebook should be ashamed of itself.

    Reply
  118. Judy Irvine

    I absolutely HATE this new change FB has made!!! I’ve only had it for a day and it’s already messed up my routine as I have missed birthday and event reminders. Also, the change has effected the Game Request page and makes gaming more difficult. If I wanted a Twitter type page, I’d use Twitter. DUH! I DON”T care nor want to see what all my friends are saying and doing with all their other friends.. and friends of friends. !!! AND!!! I DON”T want all my friends and their friends seeing what I’m saying and doing!!! AND!!! I don’t need to see my own comments AGAIN! Ridiculous idea! Really ridiculous! I’m an easy going person and this thing has got me all hot under the collar!

    Reply
  119. Don Cebula

    DO NOT LIKE this new feature at all. I want rid of it. I have had to downsize everything or else my apps and game requests are not able to come up. This is ridicules.

    Reply
  120. Angeli McMillan

    I absolutely DETEST the “Happening Now” newsfeed. I have my friends in G-rated, PG-rated, and R-rated groups. Now ALL friends (and even non-friends) are seeing my personal posts. Also, I’m seeing what friends of friends of friends are posting – people not even on my personal friends list. What angers me the most is that I was not given a choice to be a test subject and there is no way to OPT OUT of this terrible move on FB’s part. It is an invasion of my privacy and I am going to stop posting altogether if this matter is not resolved soon. I may even stop using FB altogether because of the lack of privacy now. I used to feel protected on FB, now I feel violated.

    Reply
  121. Linda DePoorter

    Absolutely hate this new facebook. Give me my old one back. I really don’t care what people are doing every minute of the day. Also it would be nice to see who is on line when I go on. Give me back my old facebook, this is absolutely ridicilous. I did not ask to be in your test group and you did not ask me, and as far as I am concerned it is a complete fail.

    Reply
    • SonicSEO Team

      It’s gone from your page as well? We’ve had a few that have commented on that experience here. No one from the office who is on Facebook has yet to have the feed added to their page. We’re starting to wonder if Facebook is backing off from rolling this out more widely, or at least taking the time to address everyone’s privacy concerns.

      Reply
      • Helen

        I still have the rubbish… Over TWO WEEKS of not being able to fathom out what is going on with my friends because the news feed is munted – I HATE THE MERGED FEED!!! At least I have an option to bring up the recent posts now but GIVE US OUR FILTERS BACK – for god sake it’s like trying to find a needle in a flippen haystack. HATE HATE HATE!!!

        Reply
          • Alan

            @SonicSEO Team – I don’t think they’re backing off. I was just added over the weekend. But I see other posts where “Most Recent” was disabled. I still have that functionality. Maybe I’m part of the next revision as FB monitors posts about this. (I presume that’s how they’re getting their feedback since they’re not taking a survey.) Other complaints about losing Birthday notifications, etc. I assume it’s because FB is using that “space” for this trial and they didn’t want to have to reconfigure our pages. Just a guess.

    • Ozzie

      They’re still screwing with it obviously. It’s sort of back but still horrible.

      Reply
  122. carol

    I hate it too! I really don’t want to see everything, everyone is doing. I also don’t want all my actions posted for everyone to see! I miss the events and birthdays. I have stopped commenting or liking anything since this “feature” was added.

    Reply
  123. Nancy

    I hate it! No privacy anymore. It is a stalkers paradise. Everyone can see every little thing you do. I do not wish people to see everything I like, I do not need to know every little thing everyone likes. It is a pain and no way to opt out! Not to mention, when this rolls out on your facebook the left sidebar also gets messed up! You no longer can see all your app bookmarks unless you change your zoom to 83% or smaller depending on how many bookmarks you have. The more you have the smaller it needs to get so you can see all of them which in turn is pointless because you then cannot read anything on your screen anymore.

    I hate it! Facebook needs to listen to the users and do away with it!

    Reply
  124. carla

    I hate the changes they have made..i was “chosen” to be a part of the test group and got double whammied..not only did they mess up my chat features, they have the “Happening Now” feature that totally invades my privacy…if i want people to see what i post i will add them as friends or enable it on my privacy settings…Facebook has totally taken all control away from me in that respect and i HATE IT!!!!!!

    Reply
  125. Linda

    ‘Happening Now’ is an absolute disaster. As far as I’m concerned the ticker feed is a complete invasion of everyone’s privacy and the constant flickering with new additions is just plain annoying. I do not need to constantly see who and what someone has liked, commented on to people I don’t even know or what they are playing at this very second, and I’m positive that I don’t want my comments to my friends plastered up to a ticker feed for anyone that I don’t know to see at a glance. Privacy doesn’t seem to apply here. To top it all off my facebook home page has become a search and seek mission to find anything and has become more effort than it is worth. Facebook, you have competition out there so please listen to what the test group of people are saying.

    Reply
  126. Another Melinda

    With all their ineptitude, Facebook has become the best advertiser for Google+. Put your misery to an end by getting yourself on G+. And if you really must play the games, find them outside of FB. You’ll be much happier.

    With all the computer problems I’ve encountered in the past 12+ years that I’ve had my own computer, this by far exceeds all the viruses and malware I’ve encountered. They have the nerve to tell me that my security settings are set too low. The nerve!

    Reply
    • Helen

      Google+ is soooo nice isn’t it… I love the photo functionality – what FB obviously tried to do but failed… Again. My photos look amazing in G+… The drain has begun too – now have over 20 of my FB friends in G+… G+ couldn’t have timed their release any better…

      Reply
  127. Cynthia

    If the test group DON’T like this new stupid format and chat window… Why do we still have this mess invading us… Please get rid of it ALL and give us back what we had… If changes have to be WHY not ask the people what they would like…. NOT just dish the changes out…

    Reply
    • Helen

      It seems like if the “test group” don’t like it, they then revert back to old and pick a new “test group” – I assume to try and find someone that does actually like it… However, I have not been lucky enough yet to get the old stuff back. I am wondering if they are making it that revolting on my home page that I do actually enjoy that silly Happening Now thing… Sometimes I just have to check through it as it’s easier than trying to find things in my home page feed. Since they removed my filters and top away the Top Stories/most recent functionality, the feed has been a jumbled mess that you can’t find a thing in – unless you go to the specific persons profile page. What a waste of bloomin MY time because of their inept development and testing…

      Reply
  128. Donna

    I became a victim of this awful Happening Now test group, with no advanced notification, several weeks ago. Fortunately I found a group that’s working hard to find ways to get our pages back to normal. It’s very difficult because the “band-aid” is different for each browser. Not only is that scrolling bar annoying, much of the content is in clear violation of FB’s own privacy policies. G+, here I come.

    Reply
  129. JJ

    I do not like this “Happening Now” I have it on my facebook and my husband does not. It is annoying and distracting. I have missed birthday notifications of some really good friends . If I wanted to twitter I would use tweitter. Or if service is provided by facebook I would decline it but we should be given a choice as to whether we want to be in their test pool. It annoys me almost as much as the chat changes made earlier this year. I am sure there are thousands of people out there that would love to beta test these changes (all age groups ) I don;t twitter or text.

    Reply
  130. Julia

    I hate the new layout…I can no longer see my friends, games and apps radomly disappear. Plus I don’t like the status updates off to the right…it’s hard to read since they scroll so quickly. Why is facebook trying to copy Myspace and Twitter instead of asking its millions of users what they want to see. Facebook is going to lose people especially those they randomly chose to change their facebook pages for without any notification. It would be nice if a notice was posted saying here’s a possilble upcoming change, what do you think of it and let the users of facebook decide. The new layout is a waste of time and energy and is more frustrating than anything else. Change my page back.

    Reply
  131. Janet

    I don’t like the change. I don’t want to know what my friends are currently playing. More importantly, I don’t want my every move announced to all of my friends in this manner. A big complaint is that games and apps don’t appear until I actually start a game or app. Then the box comes up on the right hand side showing 3 most often used apps and the last box is a drop down list of all apps. This box should be present at all times. I shouldn’t have to alpha-search and app and start it to get this box. The change sucks!

    Reply
  132. zny

    i’m part of the test group..it’s horrible..it’s difficult to see who’s online in the chat window..i’ve had to type each of my friends just to see who’s online..i like the old format better..please..

    Reply
  133. Mandy Etherton

    I have this too and it is driving me absolutely CRAZY!!! HUGE bad move Facebook, HUGE!!!!!

    Very, very p’d off at this, especially that I didn’t get the option to trial it, just bang, it was there, no option to turn it off and no explanation on what was going on either. Not HAPPY Jan!

    Reply
    • Mandy Etherton

      Well I’ve just found a fix. Apparently there is a button on my Address bar next to the refresh button. It is something called Compatability Mode. Clicked it, and all fixed.

      Much happier now Jan!

      Reply
        • Mandy Etherton

          Hi Helen, yes, IE but version 8, it came pre loaded with my new laptop.

          Reply
          • Helen

            Yeah lol – I only use IE when nothing else works… I try to stay well away from it… Might just have to be I stay well away from FB instead… Thanks! :-)

  134. katrina berish

    it is horrable it was on mine and my husbands page and now his is gone and it is on mine and i dont like it and i cant see all my apps please remove it

    Reply
  135. SonicSEO Team

    @Alan – Interesting, sounds like they are perhaps trying to integrate it more with some of the existing functionality. So maybe the critical reviews and comments are being heard and taken into consideration…certainly not as quickly as anyone would like, though.

    Reply
    • Helen

      @ Alan – I have had that revolting merged feed basically since they forced the Happening Now on me. Only one day that I had the ability to filter – so hence my annoyance and why I can’t find anything now… It frustrates me so much. I have not a clue any more about what is happening with my friends – unless I happen to be online at the time they do something. Wading through all that so called Top Stories is a pain in the butt and makes me so annoyed… LISTEN UP FACEBOOK – IT SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!

      @ SonicSEO – sorry for my rants lol – I am just so over this rubbish…. :-(

      Reply
      • SonicSEO Team

        That’s ok, Helen. Glad you’ve found a place to share your story and find others to commiserate with. Here’s hoping things get cleared up for you soon!

        Reply
  136. Marilyn Smith

    I just figured out today that I was apart of a test group for this happening now!!! DO NOT LIKE IT!!!!! Facebook could have asked us if we wanted to be apart of this, or at least warned us!!! Took my daughter over an hour of navigating through settings and the help screen to find this info and it was posted by other users not even Facebook programmers….very disappointing!!!

    Reply
  137. Aimee

    I was not happy to log onto my account last week to find that i can only see 12 friends on-line and that i have to search their name just to find out if they are on-line.

    I has missed out on attending events and sending birthday wishes as this has been removed from my home page.

    I was not notified nor given and explanation on how to use this thing.. i get all the information i need from my home page therefore do not need a live feed on my chat.

    I would love to see this disaster disappear and really hope that you listen to what people want because its very frustrating and not user friendly at all.

    Reply
  138. Alan

    SEEMS LIKE THERE IS A SOLUTION FOR INTERNET EXPLORER USERS: A poster on FB Help said that clicking the Compatability View button on the right side of your IE address bar will cause it to go away. It’s the little “page” icon that looks like a torn sheet of paper. It worked for me. I was able to make it come and go by toggling the button on/off several times. I logged off and on and the setting stayed! Hope it sticks for good!!!

    Reply
    • Helen

      My problem is my feed – I don’t mind the happening now thing – it’s just annoying and can be ignored… The feed however is another thing. By taking away my filters, I have no ability to find anything any more unless I go to each of my friends profile… Which I am not gonna do obviously. They really do puff their chests out over that top stories – none of my friends nor I use it – we just used to click on recent posts without even giving Top Stories a look in. Junk.

      Reply
  139. Alan

    PS TO MY NOTE ABOVE – Not sure if there’s any “side effects” of using this solution. One thing I noticed is that if you hover the cursor over your Friends on Chat their names will pop up but the Active (green dot)/Inactive (crescent moon) icon isn’t there. What else awaits discovery?

    Reply
  140. Alan

    @Helen – My version seems unaffected in that I have “Most Recent” (and other choices) available in and out of Compatability View.

    Reply
    • Helen

      Yes – there are still you lucky ones out there lol… When I was first delivered this horrid thing, I still had the normal feed where I could swap from Top Stories to Most recent and under the most recent, select status updates from the dropdown. That lasted for one or two days then they ripped that out and gave me the merged feed. It was a total mess – you had to scroll quite a way through what FB thought was top stories (I don’t consider a game update as a top story thanks!!) before you got to what should be the start of the recent posts. There was a tiny little icon that was pegged to the start of the recent posts. Problem was, that the recent posts weren’t the recent posts either… For weeks now, I get a random posting of stuff from people. Not all that they post comes into my feed – so I don’t have a clue as to what is being posted – however – I can see if on the Happening Now scroll so am wondering if they are doing that to make me use the Happening Now scroll – bit of fail though as I am not gonna watch that 24 hours a day!!! They have at least now put in a Recent post link up the top where you can click and it takes you to the start of the Recent posts but again, I am not getting all of the feed so it’s useless…. Like FB development… Sigh…

      Reply
  141. Chris

    Happening Now is horrible and annoying. If i wanted a twitter-like feed on my page, I WOULD JOIN TWITTER. i joined twitter and left because i didn’t like it. that’s why i went to facebook. along with happening now, they took away my top news/most recent links and now i am forced to scroll through top news before i can see most recent in small letters. I never read top news because it is a jumble of new posts and posts from up to three days ago that haven’t been commented on in 24 hours. They changed the chat bar. now when i open chat it takes up, a much larger portion of my screen and shows me people who aren’t even online so i can’t see everyone that IS online. Facebook needs to get their crap together. We hate this, and if there is a full rollout, they are going to lose A LOT of people.

    Reply
  142. bob

    Here is the link for FACEBOOK’Shttp://www.facebook.com/groups/219417451413093 “HAPPENING NOW” HATERS. Stop in and see what *uckenburg has done to his empire.

    Reply
  143. Andrea

    For the past few weeks I’ve been getting unsolisited, disturbing and lewd messages from people I had no connection to, I wondered how they found me, On Saturday this scroll appeared on my news feed…makes sense now This is very frightening, there are a lot of creeps and weirdos out there. Facebook STALKING in real time. Your every move is blasted out there for all you friends, their friends, etc to see. This is a blatent breach of privacy, security and trust!! I’m really afraid that there will be a violent crime linked to Facebooks Happening now. Get rid og Happening non…NOW!!!!

    Reply
  144. Barbara

    I was one of the unfortunate victims of this disaster, and, may I note, without any warning from Facebook that my page would be corrupted by this crap, without any permission from me to put it on my account or any opportunity to opt-out of this insanity. Thank goodness I found the Facebooks “Happening Now” Haters page (http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/219417451413093?notif_t=group_activity) with some great suggestions and a wonderful support base. I joined when there were around 250 other guinea pigs on the haters page – it is now over 1,800! If this was such a wonderful feature, then why are so many clamoring to have it removed? Invasive – yes! Disruptive – yes! Distracting – yes! DISASTER – oh, most definitely YES! The worst part is that NO ONE from Facebook will acknowledge our complaints. As soon as they return one page to “normal” they seem to go right off to the next person to see if they can sucker them in. HUGE, GIGANTIC, ENORMOUS FAIL!

    Reply
  145. pinna

    I am in the test group and am disgusted with this new happening now. It has taken away every bit of privacy you had. I get everything my friends do come up on this, even the things they write on wall, tag in photo’s comment on a picture, like on pages of friends i am not friends with. I will definitely be leaving facebook if this becomes the normal way it is. There is also i thing we have started calling “Appstalker” where when you go to a game/app there is this ticker bar that shows who is online and what game they are playing. This is such a disregard to everyone’s privacy, i have everything private and set mostly to “only me” or “just friends” yet it lets people who are not on my friends list to come to my page and see everything. If this is brought out to everyone i think there will be a mass exorcist of facebook. From one DISGUSTED facebook user who will be deactivating if this is not removed.

    Reply
  146. Carol

    I hate it!!!! It is an invasion of privacy!! No one needs to know my business and I don’t want to know theirs!!!

    Reply
  147. Kelli Barnett

    I have had both The “Happening Now” and new chat for almost a week. Honestly, it almost gives me a headache and I am not getting the same enjoyment out of Facebook as I did before the changes. I used to go on facebook to relax and un-wind, lately, it just makes me want to log off in frustration. Furthermore, not one of my friends have been “hit” with these new features, so none of them can relate and/or sympathize with my frustration. Oh how I envy them!

    Reply
  148. Robbie Murchison

    Stop this nonsense of changing things all the time. I don’t want the continual feed. I don’t care what EVERYBODY is doing, and if I want to know what a particular friend is doing, I’ll check on that friend. AND, I don’t want everyone else to know what I’m doing. What is the reason for this crap anyway FB?????? Stop the stupidity!!!

    Reply
  149. Emily

    Their new feature is so useless and such a pain. It’s like they meant for us to actually become stalkers and show us what our friends are doing ‘like’, ‘comment’, and ‘befriending’-wise. It’s an invasion of privacy, and no one really cares on what they are doing with a person that isn’t on my friend list. Not only that, but being apart of this feature test without any notification, and no opt out really annoys me to the point to actually deactivating my account.

    Reply
  150. Kent

    As another member of this test group (7/16), I hate this new feature as well. It is not only redundant as newsfeed already exists, it takes away important things like easy access “event/birthday” notifications, and several other test subjects have cited definite violations of Facebook’s own Privacy clause because of the “Happening Now” Feed.

    If anyone is paying any attention at all to the responses from the “Happening Now” Feed test group, the answer is a huge resounding “NO THANK YOU!” If this is pushed forward, there should at least be an opt-out option (tiny button to hide the feed or something).

    Reply
  151. Annette

    Happening Now is HORRID! So much of what has been said here is true. Its repetitive and redundant. It was foisted onto us without choice or explanation. Like many commented already, I spent days trying to figure out what had happened. I don’t get notifications, I can read posts and look at pictures even from people who have me blocked. It has also disabled my messages and chat. But, by far the worst thing is the complete lack of communication from Facebook to our complaints and requests to have repairs made to our pages. Its so frustrating. I am leaving Facebook on August 1st, if my old page doesn’t come back.

    Facebook owes us an apology.

    Reply
  152. Bill

    I am one of the unwilling lab rats that FB has forced into using Happening Now. What have I lost? Well let me count the items. First, I lost the thumbnail pictures on the left side of the wall that showed me which of my friends were on FB without opening the “chat” box on the right side. Next, the events, yup they are gone and I also have missed events that I use FB to keep me informed of. Thirdly, the middle section was for new feeds and recent activities by my friends. Now it is not uncommon to open FB and have the top item of my wall be anywhere from 2-22 hours old. My most recent is buried somewhere in the middle of the wall. They had originally taken away the “new feed/Most Recent” button but have brought back a Most Recent button. Up until yesterday the “chat” box, on the lower right, showed how many friends were on chat; ie. Chat ##, now it just shows Chat. Now this Twitter like thing on the right. Who needs it? If I want Twitter I will go to Twitter. Now every time one of my friends does ANYTHING I get a “Twitter” telling me, which also shows up in the main wall.
    As for FB wanting feedback, I am sure they do, but you get the impression that they only want to hear from happy campers. Many of us lab rats have posted comments on the various FB feedbacks, to have them not posted. When you send an email you get an auto-response that is a P/C reply, and means nothing. Many have question the right to privacy on this Twitter crap. With Google + coming out, FB may see a exodus of unhappy followers. If they make you part of a beta test, then listen to what your testers report back.

    Reply
  153. Sunny

    I hate the happening now feature. It’s not only distracting, but it’s invasive. It also makes the page slower to load. I had to stop playing my one online game, because I cannot find my friends posts, to help them out. I almost missed a birthday, because that link is hiding. I see things going on in the lives of people I am not even friends with, which violates their privacy. Most of the news feed is not even current, either. The oldest stuff is at the top and stays there. Even though there is a most recent tab, the stuff is not the most recent news. The new chat feature is just as bad. It won’t show everyone who is on chat and the chat count number disappeared yesterday. So, I don’t even know who is online any more. Since Facebook also took away the ability to private message anyone online or idle, knowing who is actually on matters to me. I don’t want to instant message 90% of the people I am friends with. Facebook, in my opinion, has broken a perfectly good website. I have sent in numerous complaints and nothing has been fixed. It keeps getting worse.

    Reply
  154. Susan

    I hate all of the new features facebook has rolled out to us unwilling test subjects! The most recent tab does not work, when you press it, facebook brings you way down the page to some recent posts but not the MOST recent posts! I even have missed many posts by my friends!I hate how I can not see who is on line, and I can not private chat! The only upside is I am spending way less time on facebook, perhaps this will break my addiction and I will find another social media instead…

    Reply
  155. Tam

    There is no privacy on FB with the happening now feature as it literally overrides whatever privacy settings you’ve applied to your account and tosses them out the window. This is a real bad move on FB’s part.

    Reply
  156. Kat

    I have had this annoying garbage forced upon my fb account. It has completely ruined the fb experience. I am ready to deactivate the account, if facebook does not get rid of it, post haste.

    Reply
  157. Carrie

    I absolutely hate the “happening now” feature! I’m pissed that this was forced upon use with no way to turn the feature off. It’s a huge invasion of my privacy. My friends don’t need to know what games I’m playing and I don’t want to know what they’re playing…I’ve already hidden those feeds from my normal home page, why would I want to see it while I’m trying to play a game! If I wanted a twitter like feed I’d have a twitter account. It clogs up my page, and makes it difficult to play games as it makes pages slower to load and smaller. I also absolutely hate the new chat – most of these people aren’t even on line but they’re listed there. I had chat categories/lists set up for a reason and now they’re even gone. If things don’t go back to how they were or at least have an option that I can institute, my account will be gone. Facebook is not listening to the users and changes keep getting worse… this is one change I can not and will not live with.

    Reply
  158. Paulie

    The “What’s Happening Now” news feed or as it’s been nicked named the “stalker feed” is a terrible breach of everyone’s privacy, I have my family on here including my daughter and I really do not want everyone to know on my friends list who and what I am commenting on and like wise about them, I should not be able to see one my friends chatting about a private family matter with a person that I have no idea who that person is. Plus people that I have no idea who they are now have the ability to see conversations on my own profile page because a mutual friend has either commented on or liked an update or link that I have posted.

    About the new chat options. When I click the new side bar *yuck* it only gives me a list of nine people and even on that list they are not all online, and yet i can have over 30 people available to chat but have no idea who they are seeing as they have got rid of both ways to see who’s online…So am I supposed to just guess who the rest of the people who are online at the time are?

    With the new messaging system I can understand that they did it to make it easier for the people who use mobile phones and to get rid of the annoying problem of people that keep going online/offline when chatting, but now if someone sends you a message that you want to keep eg: a link or phone number etc etc, you have to battle your way past a shed load of saved chat spam as it won’t let me delete the spam it just keeps coming back…Also you can not send a large text to someone via the online chat, you have to send them a message, but when you click on send a private message, if that person is still online it just brings up the chat window *golf claps*

    What makes this even worse is I had no option with this bloody terrible update it was forced on me, and yet other friends of mine have no idea what I’m talking about! With a lot of the updates I don’t like, it is normally a case of just getting used to it, however this is the only update I’ve felt the need to search forums for and complain about.

    Reply
  159. Pip

    The happening now feature is a waste of space that was better occupied by events reminders, games reminders. Who needs to see things twice on the same page. I don’t want to see everything that people are doing second by second! Although it seems to have slowed down a little recently. I am seeing things that I don’t want to see about friends, it is enforced stalking! Especially for those people who don’t know what the select few can now see. The new chat is appalling, you can’t see who is on chat, you have to remember to go offline. The other day I got to see a hole chat between two people I do not know, post by post even though I cloed it down each time. I thought such things were relatively private, but no! Where has any privacy gone on facebook?! The hole thing is a breach of privacy, stupid, a waste of space.
    A friend today has just noticed that she has the new chat, but not the happening now feature. Watch out world you are next.

    If things don’t change back to how it was soon I will definitely leave and wait for my friends to do like wise and head to Google+

    Facebook listen to those who HATE it

    Reply
  160. Sue Hetherington

    This ‘Happening Now’ feed has screwed up my page, I cannot see any of the Events, Game requests etc, I have to refresh for requests and have to be PDQ to click on them before they disappear. My main concern is the total disregard for my Privacy, I have tested the ‘feed’ out and I can see posts from Friends of Friends and I know for a fact that my posts can be seen by all and sundry, given the privacy policy of FB is this not a total violation of their own policy and it is certainly a violation of my privacy. Recently Rupert Murdoch of News International has been in news/TV media for privacy violation and it seem to me the FB is going down the same road and if they are not worried about lawsuits then there is little that can be done about it. Sadly millions of people do not have any idea of what is going on, I have posted info on the FB feed but in real terms many of my friend do not care because they have not been exposed to the this Happening Now. If I wanted this sort of Feed then I would subscribe to Twitter and I do not want it pushed down my throat I really do not see FB retracting this although surely they can see from the Feedback, if they care, that it is unwanted by most of the Test subjects. On a positive note it is useful to see which game my friends are in/playing but dose not balance out with the negatives.

    Reply
  161. Kaila

    I have been really frustrated with this new facebook thing going on!! I can no longer access my games easily and have no idea how to see my game requests so I can not accept some of my gifts! Also I can no longer see my upcoming event and birthdays on the right hand side which I think is not good as some people rely on those to be reminded of certain events that may be important. I heard that the new facebook chat bar is like twitter? If I wanted something like that I would join twitter, but I don’t so I currently don’t use twitter. I hope something changes really quick as this is getting really annoying that I can’t access my games and gifts! Grrr… =(

    Reply
    • JoAnne Miller

      Everything is gone on the left side of my facebook home page!!! No lists of my games, no friends list, no game requests, etc. What the heck is going on with fb, put the original back before I have to close my account!!!!!!!!

      Reply
  162. kvegas2005

    The funniest thing is Facebook refers to this as a test group – how can it be a “test group” when there’s no means to communicate your reaction??? What a bunch of crap!

    I’ve got this “Happening Now” feature and it’s totally useless. I have my News Feeds to see what my friends want me to see – I don’t need to know that they wished their grandmother a happy birthday or that someone’s friend is in the middle of a mid-life crisis! Not my business! We have no means to control what information is shared or with whom – it’s an invasion of my privacy…

    Wonder how long until Google+ rolls out nationally…

    Reply
  163. Bruno

    Will definitely deactivate my account if this crap is being rolled out. FB doesn’t answer any emai or phone calls (voicemail); clearly, this is not designed to be user friendly, but what is it designed for exactly? Cannot comprehend…

    Reply
  164. Elena Clinton

    this “new” feature was foisted upon me with no prior notification…it just showed up…i can no longer get to my game requests, see my friends birthdays or upcoming events…this was a really poor move on fb’s part…the scrolling thing makes me dizzy…i find it so unnecessary when the same information is on my wall…i don’t tweet or happen now…and find it more than annoying…they’ve made many changes, but this one takes the cake…i’m wondering if they really want us to switch over to google+

    Reply
  165. Cheryl

    I am one of the test “victims” and I HATE this new feature. It is so innappropriate for FB to refer to us as testers because a) I was never asked and b) the point of a tester is usually to provide feedback. Since neither of these happened I clearly don’t understand what the point is of forcing this new feature on anyone. I’m also “testing” Google+, but surprise, surprise they let me provide feedback….it’s only a matter of time.

    Reply
  166. lmh

    I hate it! It’s useless, and VERY creepy! I don’t care to know EVERY tiny little ‘like’ or ‘comment’ my friends make! Where is the privacy at Facebook? just take it away. This is FACEBOOK, not TWITTER! If I wanted a twitter account, I would have made one.

    Change it back!!!

    Reply
  167. Suzanne

    I am one of the lab rats and I hate Happening Now! It’s an invasion of privacy and not only that but it causes me to have one hell of a headache watching the scrolling side bar go non-stop! The thing that really gets my goat about being a tester is that there is no option to give feedback to FB on what we think of it or giving us the option to opt out of being a tester. What’s the deal with that?!? So basically in a nut-shell we aren’t testers we are victims because by any definition a tester gives feedback which we are not given that option. I have complained to FB to no avail, I still have the scrolling nightmare on my home page along with the new chat and messaging system all of which are major epic fails on FB part. Time for them to start listening to the complaints and get rid of it!

    Reply
  168. Rosa

    Is there anyone who is in the test group that actually likes this feature? Funny, when you implement a new feature and have test users, you usually solicit feedback from them. But I’ve had the ‘Happening Now’ for over 4 weeks now and all of my comments/complaints/calls seem to be falling on deaf ears. I truly feel that FB should reimburse me for having to endure this horrible new layout because it has affected my game…one that I’ve invested money in trying to build! And aside from that, yes, privacy to them seems to no longer be a concern. I hope they do roll it out quickly to all the users…because we are such a small percentage that our complaints don’t affect them. If everyone had this, FB would have to listen!

    Reply
    • SonicSEO Team

      Rosa,

      We’ve had one commenter that said it was ok, and would just take some getting used to. Otherwise all the comments have been negative. We know people are more prone to take the time to write when they are unhappy, but still, it’s a very skewed ratio.

      Thanks for commenting!

      Reply
  169. AM

    I absolutely hate the happening now feature. It does the same thing as setting your newsfeed to “recent news.” Also, it hides birthdays and pokes. To access birthdays now, I have to go to events, and I can’t even access my pokes anymore. *sigh*

    Reply
  170. Kim

    I hate it too! I can’t even “like” a comment or post without everyone being informed of it, and in real time. Also, I don’t want to know every time my friends “like” a comment by someone else. My home page is messed up where things I use on a regular basis are omitted and no longer available. You can’t even opt out of it if you don’t want it. It isn’t user-friendly anymore, and I can’t wait until they get rid of it.

    Reply
  171. Enid

    Dear facebook, how do I send you a letter explaining how totally messed up my home page is? I can not see my pokes, my games etc etc. All I see is this list updating me every second of what people are doing. Quite honestly, I could really care less if so and so made a comment on their own comment. If I wanted to know what people were doing every second of the day I would be stalking them. So thanks fb you took all the fun out of stalking.

    Reply
  172. Steve Ryder

    How much longer do we have to put up with this “HAPPENING NOW” feature ? it would have to be the worst change Facebook has ever implemented. PRIVACY is the main issue here, THERE IS NONE… why the hell can i see to people become friends on my wall but i do not know either of them ? Why do your members have issues with their games THAT THEY PAY FOR ??? Pull your head out of your arse Facebook and listen to your members, there are over 2000 members in one group complaining about this.. LOOK AND LISTEN.. Facebooks “HAPPENING NOW” Haters group…

    Reply
  173. Heather

    I hate the new format as well. I noticed they made a couple of changes, presumably in response to the uproar, but I don’t think there’s been any real improvement. Just sent them yet another complaint email:
    I see that you’ve made some updates to the “new” homepage you’re testing on us unwilling participants. Thanks very much for adding a “most recent” button at the top to jump us to the chronologically arranged section, but I still find the first section completely useless and a waste of space. Also, not all of the recent status updates from my friends are appearing in my “most recent” list. Finally, although the birthday notifications are still noticeably absent from my homepage, when you first began testing this new format I could still see who had a birthday by going to another person’s profile. Now that has disappeared as well, and the only way I know someone is having a birthday is when I notice a comment from a mutual friend (which I can only hope appears in my “most recent” section). The new format is hopeless and the twitter-style feed remains completely annoying. You’d be well-advised to remember the old adage: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

    Reply
    • Helen

      Same for me Heather – I cannot for the life of me understand WHY they insist of forcing that Top Stories rubbish on us. I never used nor liked it previously and I sure as hell DISLIKE it intently now. I can’t find anything any more. I’ve seen loads of lucky people that have had the rubbish removed but sadly I am still forced to wade through nothing relevant to get to the proper stuff that I used to be able to find in around 5 seconds… It is indeed one of the most USELESS features that they have forced upon us… 3 weeks or so of it now and I’m really starting to steam… I don’t know what else to do to get rid of the merged feed. Other than joining Google+ – which I have – but still, trying to move my friends over is not going to happen overnight – unlike the Happening Now rubbish!!!

      Reply
    • Helen

      In fact… You have given me an idea… Seeing as they bombard ME with rubbish, I too shall bombard them with requests around what isn’t working that they still haven’t fixed and the inability to filter the rubbish… Even if they just ignore it, it will still give me satisfaction to bombard them back!

      Reply
  174. Elizabeth

    I am also an unwilling victim of this “test.” It is horrible, awful, no good — and I am furious. I agree with all the complaints about the non-scrolling, redundant, twitter-style clutter. I HATE IT.

    Reply
  175. Helen

    Now we are cooking!! So many people are getting this crap functionality removed and the Home Page is looking like it should – I still have the rubbish but I am now emailing them many times a day with the same suggestions – PUT IT BACK… Someone also suggested, when you send a screen shot to show Google+ – now that idea I REALLY like!!!

    Reply
  176. Cayla

    I just got added to the test group and am not happy. I really don’t like that my news feed is not in chronological order (and some really old stuff is up there (over a year!). Nor do I appreciate the new privacy concerns.

    I am most upset that FB didn’t bother to tell us or provide a way to give any feedback. If I am a tester, then let me “try” it and tell you what I think. Since I have to use other forums I am now left with a negative experience.

    Reply
  177. Beth

    I got added to the test group this weekend. I hate the ticker. The scroll bar next to a scroll bar sucks. It moves too fast to read. I can’t find most recents and things are out for order. I will stop using. Go Google +

    Reply
  178. Ed Green

    The new format has made the home page all but unusable. There seems to be an emphasis on presenting posts with photos, links to external sites and/or from advertisers. The vast majority of my posts from friends are missing which makes gaming very difficult and there is no quick way to display them as there used to be because the “Most Recent” link has been removed. The top half dozen or so posts might span three hours or 24. They aren’t necessarily in order, the top post might be 15mins old, the next four hours, the next 25 mins.

    The page format has been modified several times but nothing they have done has been in any way an improvement over what it was before this test began. It’s hard to say which change is worse, the dramatic reduction in usability or the privacy invading “Ticker” aka “Happening Now”.

    This ticker is on the right in a column space where ads once were and frankly, I’d rather have the ads. At least they usually were interesting.

    Happening Now displays everything that every friend is doing and/or has done and a history button is supplied so you can look farther back in time. The format is (user) is (playing a game) or (has logged in) or (has posted to (a page)). I don’t see any reason for all my friends to be able to see everything I’m doing/have done when logged into FB. I have a few friends that can be very chatty and when I’m not in the mood to chat I *could* simply mark myself as offline in the chat module but not any more! Now the ticker shows I’m logged in and what I’m doing no matter what my privacy or chat settings are. Instead of chat chimes or a message or two, I get a flood of messages and have even gotten comments from friends to the effect of “I could see you were logged in in the ticker, why didn’t you answer my message?” and “Is your chat broken? It said you were offline but the ticker showed you were online playing a game and I wanted to ask you something.”

    This is going to cost FB some users. It affects gamers the most and since most Zynga games are exclusive to FB, it’s going to cost Zynga some users as well. I think our only hope as FB users is that Zynga might have enough clout to induce FB to simply back out of ALL of those changes and restore functionality to what it was a month ago.

    Reply
  179. Mariane

    Hello all! I do not have Happening Now yet, thankfully. However, I would definitely complain. I just had to redo all my privacy settings AGAIN this week since Facebook changed their privacy settings. I have set my account to hide all my comments and likes from my friends. HOWEVER, my best friend does have Happening Now and she keeps telling me she sees all my comments on friends’ pictures and posts and she reads them to me live. I couldn’t understand what was happening because I had set my privacy settings already. So I am really unhappy with this. I don’t know who else can see my activity! This is HORRIBLE. I don’t have anything to hide, but I use Facebook for several different reasons and created different friends list who have access to different information on my profile and it seems useless now that some people can see absolutely everything anyway.

    Reply
  180. John

    I do not like the updated news feeds. The new now happening is absurd. I would much prefer the old notion, if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.

    Reply
  181. salmantra

    I am obviously in the test group – and I hate the “Happening Now” sidebar with no button to remove it! It is really annoying!!

    Reply
  182. Diane

    I found out today after talking to my mother that we’re all still being tested, they just made the group larger, you see she still has the original Facebook page, she does not have a rolling scroll bar. Her most recent is recent, and to add insult to injury, she does not have any of the lovely mess we all have. My security almost got comprised yesterday when I got a chat message from “Facebook security” telling me I had violated some rule and was being shutdown unless I give over my account info including credit card info. Righttt not happening i removed everything they were asking for month’s ago. But the scary part is they got my email address,and was able to invite themselves into my friends chat page and post the fb security emblems. And FB has removed the ability to report this stuff. So much for security. We are FACEBOOK GUINEA PIGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Reply

Leave a Reply

  • (will not be published)

XHTML: You can use these tags: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>