Facebook: Then and Now

I vividly remember making my Facebook account when I was in middle school (seventh grade, to be precise) in 2009. Other kids at school were starting to have Facebook accounts and of course 11 year old me felt left out, so of course I had to make one.

I feel like Facebook was much more simple back in 2009. The only people I interacted with were people that I knew in real life- not celebrities, company pages or news. I found this article that shows Facebook’s highlights over the years, including the different homepages. Boy, has the overall appearance of Facebook changed!


Recently, especially leading up to the presidential election last fall, Facebook has become a place where we interact with celebrities/public figures, news sites and company pages. It has become very divisive and hostile at times. In fact, last year I took a short break from Facebook because it became too negative for me. In addition, there are many concerns over how Facebook impacted the results of the election since it is not “necessarily good for democracy.”

As a result, Facebook recently announced that it’s making new changes where users will see less news sites/company pages, and more posts from people we actually know. BuzzFeed News reported specifically that users will now only have 4% news inside their News Feed.

It will be interesting to see how this change will impact us. I thought this thread on Twitter was interesting since this is apparently something that Facebook’s CEO has announced in the past, but nothing has really changed.

My advice for Facebook would be to fix the root of the problem: which is both monitoring “fake” news sites and hate speech. I feel like people have become reliant on Facebook for news at this point. Instead of changing it so users see less news, something needs to be done about deleting the “fake” pages.

One thought on “Facebook: Then and Now

  1. Your lede really captured my attention so I wanted to read the rest of your post. I agree with your advice. I think that it’s important that the public does get news in their social media feed for the reason that they may not get it elsewhere if it’s taken out. An educated population is what we strive for, so an abundance of news from multiple sources that are credible would be great.

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