New Facebook Page Design: Boon or Bane?

Using the new default setting, a Facebook user can see pages on the “Top Stories” portion that the user interacts with most. Is this boon or bane?

The jury consists of ordinary users and admins of brand pages.

Photo Credit: http://www.insidefacebook.com.

With the new design, brands are given new-found visibility. The trick is for brand pages to put “interactive” posts on Facebook. The brand page must make sure the posts are given attention to and activity by fans. When the posts receive a lot of interaction, the post will keep on appearing on the Top Stories part (as long as fans interact with the post). ¬†Meaning: no post interaction, no visibility. That is why posting now needs more creativity!

Moreover, a post can now contain 5,000 characters in maximum. The new figure grants ten times the previous allowable length. Brand pages can now post “more comprehensive” posts especially for information dissemination purposes.

Unlike the older design, users can now accompany a friend request with a message. Thus, two maybe-stranger people are connected totally even while on the process of befriending each other.

A lot of things can also be enjoyed like creating bookmarks, label favorites on the left-hand column of the site. Furthermore, a thumbnail image of a user with name appears when the user surfs the site using a page pseudonym.

A profile photo has now a maximum size of 180 x 540 px. The photo strip shows the most recent tagged or posted photos where you can check for inappropriate photo tagged to your page. This gives the owner of the page the control of submission from other users.

Exclusively for admins, they can now view the fans and people who “liked” their brand page. Also, brand pages can also “like” other brand pages. Using the “Admin View”, there are options that can be used to remove post, remove and ban user, unhide post and report the post as Abuse. This enables the page admin to remove inappropriate wall posts that attack the brand or a person.

Another good thing about the new design is that the admin can post as brand page using personal or Facebook page. On the right-hand side is a link that permits the user to post using the brand page as the author of the post. This will lessen the time of an admin who also maintains a personal page.

To an ordinary social media user, page admin, expert or a computer specialist, these changes may be either for good or for not-so good. But the deal here is on how a user uses the changes for the advantage of an interest.

Since the new design was implemented, Facebook has been receiving numerous comments online. Some love the new design; some hate it. One comment online states “It’s a lot easier and makes a lot more sense to have a few different accounts for different purposes”. With the complexity of the new design, another comment concerns about uses who do not understand the new design. “I think the majority of users would use the lists if they understood what it was for” goes the comment.