Facebook Users Fuss About New RSS Feed Feature

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Facebook.com, a social network for alumni and students to share information, recently received some major backlash after implementing a news-feed feature, which provides real-time updates to a user’s network of friends via e-mail. The RSS feed was officially implemented last Monday at midnight and within hours thousands of users assembled to protest the new feature.

The new feature simply provides updates on a user’s profile, such as if he or she is single, in a relationship or married, via e-mail. It also can tell users if someone in their network is currently logged on. All the information available through news feeds is already available via a user’s profile to his or her network of friends. So, what is all the fuss about?

I assume it stems from some individuals who weren’t aware of the new feature and were shocked or maybe embarrassed when one of their acquaintances called them about one of the updates. I mean, how bad or embarrassing could an update have been?

As a result of the backlash and fuss over the new feature, Facebook Founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg announced the Web site is working on giving users additional privacy options.

In my opinion, this is needless drama. If users choose to put their lives on the Internet in the first place, their friends most likely already know the asinine details of their lives already. I think this new feature would simply be annoying because of how many news feeds would bombard my e-mail box on a daily basis. I guess what it boils down to is Facebook didn’t give their users the option to opt out of the news feed feature first. (The entire matter is simply a life lesson: “Always ask first!”)

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