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First off, here’s a picture of James Hu, because I think his face alone spurs emotion in the lot of you.

-Opinions on the new FB design

Many people have been complaining about FB’s changes over the past few months, but I beg to differ.

The developers are making things more efficient.

I believe that facebook has been trying to correct a major mistake that they have made in the past… and that mistake was allowing users to have some sort of customization to their profile.

Now some of you may be asking, “What? We had customization?”

Answer: Yes, applications.

A year ago… I remember going to a person’s profile to find it cluttered with all these random applications. In fact, some had so many that I found myself scrolling through a lot of stuff just to write a simple wall message.

Someone on the fb development team probably found it absurd that people were finding it “tricky” to perform the even the simplest of functions on the site. I mean, who cares about how many fake pokemon someone has, or how many zombie points he or she has earned, and wtf was with that “Super wall” application? Why would someone need a second damn wall? Hurts your eyes just remembering that garbage right? Ya I know… it hurts mine too.

The Summer update’s implimentation of tabs was simply amazing . Let’s see here, we had wall, info, photos, notes… and boxes. A user could log on to facebook… go onto someone’s profile and immediately access what they wanted without any uneeded scrolling.

*Spontaneous urge: “Hey, I wanna post on Derek Chu’s wall.”

Okay simple, just go to his page, and BAM you’re at his wall, only one click from his info, and one click from his pics. “Boxes? nah I don’t need that.” All the unneeded crap was tabbed away, out of sight, eliminated masterfully!

However, as an example of one of the many problems that have been fixed, let’s look at a small problem that existed on your old home page.

So, what do you get on facebook for? If you’re anything like me… you’re probably thinking this as you log on:

“I want to know what the f*** everyone’s doing, and I want to know right NAO.”

So I immediately would go and click the awesome “status” tab on my homepage to see what was up, and *bam* I’m there, ya know?

Problem: My first instinct upon arrival on my homepage was to physically click another link.

Facebook devs, being ever so thoughtful, decided to eliminate that hassle for us with the new update. 

Now many of you may be going, “uh why… it was just 1 click, things were fine.” Well, yes… things were indeed fine, but now they’re better. Why do we have these crazy cellphones with internet, cameras, and mp3 players? To eliminate the hassle of carrying 3 big ass bricks in your pocket + a giant one on your back. Now a days, a priveleged few only need to carry one giant brick. And that’s all credited to the idea of making things more efficient.

I’ve had computer science professors pause their lectures… only to stare strangely at the code on the board and go “Ah hah! I can move this here… and delete this line and our code is 2 lines shorter!”

I would think to myself:


But, now I realize that down the line… that one bit of efficiency trickels down indefinitly.

Say someone wanted to use your code… she would have to read it first, right? That one bit of simplification made it just that much easier for her to read. And in turn, that made making a modification to your code that much easier. This all makes your product that much faster to produce, and that much easier to modify for the future, and so forth. Now multiply that efficiency times several million(facebook users *cough cough*) and you have my point.

Facebook eliminated millions of uneeded clicks which gives the world more time to find a cure for cancer… pursue world peace… fix the economy… and so forth =).


Please comment if you agree, disagree, or have beef with james hu.



  1. I’d like to get beef noodles with James Hu.

  2. just happened to saw ur status on facebook lol well written indeed

  3. “Please comment if you agree, disagree, or have beef with james hu.”

    Ok here goes.

    1. I agree: this new design is more efficient and convenient. You’re right in that it lets you get what you want, when you want it.

    2. I disagree: facebook just copied twitter. Good thing on their part? maybe. But they could’ve done so much better.

    3. I have beef with James: He hasn’t posted on our blog ( in ages… and he should.

    4. Patrick, i love this photography you’re churning out, you’ve got some good stuff. Keep it up.

  4. LOL! i love reading your blog :) good job defending the new fb

  5. I still like the old one more but o well

    lol joseph

  6. love the post bro. i am 200% behind you on the efficiency thought. that was what i always believed about the new layouts.

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