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Facebook & MySpace.com: Monuments to Bad Web Design (“Under Construction” Again)

25-Mar-09 07:32 pm EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

“After more than a million Facebook users expressed their dislike of a recent Facebook redesign, the social networking site said today that it [again] plans to make some changes…

  — ZDNet, 03/24/2009

For a number of years, I’ve been of the suspicion that the emergence of the "killer app" on the Internet was less the product of good design or sound technological innovation and more the product of luck coupled with skillful cross-linking and business (social) networking. And, in my view, MySpace and (to a lesser extent) Facebook are realizaitons of this theory. Certainly it would make sense that the folks behind each site are competnet at the art of social networking online independent of their own technologies.

But what could have, and still can blow Facebook and its like out of the water is a social networking site that gains the same viral momentum of its predecessors – and is designed really well. If I had the investment capital at hand, I might even be inclined to take a crack at it myself – spending some time integrating SharePoint Server or other portal technology to let the users tailor their own interface.
In any case, there’s plenty of room for improvement and if history is any teacher, Facebook’s not likely to get it right with these latest "upcoming changes".

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