one feature in the facebook redesign that got pulled back almost immediately was the introduction of a live feed. well, it’s back, but it’s wiping its feet at the door.
the feature in the facebook redesign that came out last month that irritated users most was the service’s move to a real-time news feed in the center of the home page. a roar of protest rolled across the internet as bewildered users searched in vain for the “hysterical picture that was right there, I swear.”
this week, facebook is bringing real time feeds back, sort of. this post on the company’s blog explains how things will be just the same, only different:
we’ve always focused the stream on real-time updates, but before today you needed to refresh your browser to see the most recent posts since logging in. the stream now updates automatically and gives you the option to view new posts with a prompt at the top of the page immediately below the publisher.
now you don’t see it…
now you do!
in other words, twitchy users who resented having to reload their home page to see if anything new had come in since the last time they reloaded can rejoice. instead of having to right click and reload, they can left click and see up-to-the-minute minutia! more laid back types who really do believe that live is but a dream will get a friendly reminder that time is passing and they might want to stop living in the past and rejoin the electronic society already in progress.