Facebook and change

In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death, taxes and changes to Facebook.

Many people are upset with Facebook’s recent changes.

They are angry that things are different.

They are confused as to where things are.

They feel something was taken from them.

They want things to go back to the way they were.

These are all normal responses to change.

I have experienced these different feelings when I have had to go through change and you probably have too.

Change is a constant in life though.

Change is going to happen.

Here is something that Facebook can teach us about change:

Most people don’t like it right away but eventually they adapt to it.

How do you respond to change? What do you think of the new changes that Facebook has made?

Categories: Personal growth


  • Some parts of life have to change nearly constantly. However, this FB stuff drives me nuts, b/c it is not necessary. I often refuse to adjust unless there’s no choice… as in I’d lose track of my I-net friends and family. Even then, I have to be sure it’s the only option. Maybe I’m too rebellious/independent.

    • I see a good principle in your comment Joanne: When the stakes are high we are willing to live with changes.

      When we don’t want to lose something we deem as valuable (whether it be a relationship, Internet friends, etc.) we are more willing to adapt to the changes that come our way.

      Thanks for sharing!

  • Yup, pretty much no getting away from change – especially at Facebook. Personally, I never let this stuff get to me. I’ll learn the important stuff when I need to, and can’t be bothered with the drama. Thanks Kevin!

  • Ruth Ann says:

    I agree wholeheartedly with Joanne. I would have dropped Facebook long ago, but I don’t want to lose contact with my family and friends.

  • PCGuyIV says:

    I don’t care for the changes on Facebook, but ultimately, it does appear they are here to stay. The fact is I will deal with them. Dealing with unfavorable changes doesn’t necessarily mean acceptance, however. That said, it’s not something I’m so concerned with that I think it really matters. The fact is it’s a free service so the owners of that service can make the place look and feel how they want. Since they are dealing with personal information on some level, there are certain legal guidelines regarding privacy and such that they must adhere to, but those kinds of changes aren’t what I’m necessarily talking about. I’m more concerned just with how the site’s user interface looks and operates.

    • Interesting point about dealing with change. Ultimately, we don’t have to accept change but we may not have a choice as to whether we have to live with it not.

      Thanks for sharing!

  • I personally am getting used to all these changes at facebook. I can’t say if I hate or like them yet because I just don’t really understand them all yet ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

    I think change is scary because we are out of control. It a strange way, it reminds us of our limitations.

  • Mika Castro says:

    It’s not a big deal for me. If this changes will be for the better, why not? I am just a user and i don’t have anything to deal about it.

  • Julie Hayes says:

    I am one of the many people that are annoyed to the constant changes on Facebook. After you have been comfortable to the old set up of Facebook they will suddenly change it again so you will have to get used to it again.

  • Jake says:

    I love change. It helps keep my attention. No… I don’t have a.d.d. or at least it hasn’t ever been diagnosed. But truly, life is more adventurous when life changes a lot.

  • David Knapp says:

    I didn’t like it at first and now I just don’t like some of it. I don’t like Facebook telling me what a top story is to me that is not a top story to me.

    That problem can be fixed with this link: https://www.facebook.com/?sk=dateorder

    I do appreciate that little flash on the screen when somebody responds to something I have said.

    Bottom line is that Facebook is a free service that I am not obligated to use. If they want to make changes then that is their right and I really have no right to complain.

  • Hey Kevin,

    I don’t let change affect me! I just go with the flow and adapt with new changes.

    I’m going through a major change in my life right now. Got let go from my JOB, and shifting to my new career working for myself. So far, I’m optimistic, but there are hurdles and I’m game!

  • Hello Kevin,
    It’s quite incredible really the fuss and public outcry that follows any changes at Facebook…
    Why do people waste their time and energy moaning and complaining about things which really don’t matter? In this instance a social networking platform which is free that no one forces them to use. All that negative energy would be better used for more positive less self serving ends be these folks IMO! Have a smashing week ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hi Kevin:
    Thanks for this assuring post. I am one of those people who don’t like Facebook changes. It feels like every couple of months they have changed or moved things around. Last month I saw all the buzz about SSL etc.. and since I use fan page engine I decided to just ride it through and see what happens. Well October is here and my pages are still up.

    I always knew that death and taxes were the only two things that were certain but thanks for letting us know that Facebook changes has made the number 3 of things we can be sure will happen like it or not.

    I am not sure that fb is looking out for us or fb is looking out for fb, but no matter what happens, fb I cannot live without it at least for now.

  • Hans Schoff says:

    Lol, I must admit that is generally my first reaction, normally because I had put on my ‘mental’ to-do list to learn more about the last facebook change and how to best take advantage or adapt to it and then it changes again. Not a big deal, but I guess we’re creatures of certainty, at least I crave certainty anyway. But now we’ve got google competing with facebook to see who can make the biggest changes most quickly… Change is here to stay. Lol.

    • I think most people are creatures of certainty (I am one of them) but whether we like it or not change is a part of life. It seems that change is on overdrive right now in many ways though. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks for sharing Hans!

  • Bhavesh Gudhka says:

    If changes are in right direction we must accept.

  • Kevin DeRoo says:

    Hey Kevin,

    You’re using Facebook and Change in the same sentence? I never thought that I would see those two words together like that! Lol!

    To answer your question, How do I feel about Change?

    Change is going to happen with or without me so I have no choice but to learn to adapt to all the changes, (including Facebook changes,) which are constantly occurring around us. Do I like all the changes? Of course not, some are good, and some I could do without.

    Change in general though is a good thing. It means that we are always trying to improve a certain product or service. It means that we are listening to our customers and to our critics. It means that we are always growing within ourselves to produce the best possible results.

    Very interesting topic which I’m sure there’s much debate.

    Thanks for sharing Kevin,


  • Felicia says:

    Hi Kevin,
    I am quite surprised as well when Facebook suddenly changed the way our FB walls looked. However, it is not actually necessary to be angry at it. Facebook is a social media site that will forever keep changing, whether we like it or not! Thatโ€™s the nature of social media sites โ€“ to change! In life, when things change, they always happen for a reason, and in the end, the changes that we initially hated turn out to be blessings in disguise.

  • Andy Nathan says:

    The only thing that is more constant than change is the fact that people will not react positively to those changes. First thought reactions are just that. Reacting to a situation is not helpful, but something we do a little too much. Me included. I am working on not being reactive and instead being able to work the change into my life.

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