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Social Media: It's a Woman's World So What Would you Like?

Social Media: It's a Woman's World So What Would you Like?

When it comes to social media, there is now proof that women are leading the pack when connecting with friends, family and colleagues. Mashable reports about a recent study conducted by Rebtel that finds women utilize social media sites like Facebook and Twitter far more than men.

Rebtel CEO, Andreas Bernstrom explains, “Our findings show that men tend to lag behind women when it comes to communicating with others through social media, which debunks other recent studies that suggest that men are more savvy networkers between the sexes.”

Given the recent staistitics showing women dominate social media it would make sense that these sites have women users in mind as they change and grow. Facebook recently rolled out some new changes to the site’s layout and function in an attempt to keep up with Google+ (and get ready because there are more major changes to come.)

So how do women feel about the Facebook changes? We had an overwhelming amount of responses on our Facebook page from many users who were not happy with the layout changes.

One user writes, “I am hating it! Why do they have to keep changing things every day!!! There are some ppl who just really like to keep it simple!” One week later some have changed their tune and love the site’s changes while others are still having a hard time adjusting.

Facebook has also received recent press concerning privacy issues with the way it keeps a history of its users on everything from who has ever poked you to every event you’ve ever been invited to. (If printed out, the history can be up to 880 pages long!)

The complaints about the new changes and privacy issues have left some to question whether Facebook should remain a free service.  After all, if users had to pay for the service they would probably have more of a say about how it functions. But then again, many of us consider “free-of-charge” one of Facebook’s biggest perks.

One week later have you adjusted to Facebook’s changes?

Seeing as how women dominate social media use, how would you like to see sites like Facebook change and grow?
 

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  • JmeJ06 By JmeJ06
    10.01.11  

    I have adjusted to some of the new changes to facebook myself but I still do not like most of the newest changes and my husband still hates it all. I have never had a problem with any of the other changes they have made but this time (with the 'real time' stalker bar on the right side of the screen and random top stories and not an easy way to get chronological order) I don't like them.

  • VickieM By VickieM
    10.01.11  

    I have adjusted to Facebook somewhat, but I still like the way it was before. I could follow more closely by time the happenings of my friends and family. I don't like the random top stories. It was working fine I don't see why they have to change. I've always heard "If it's not broke, why fix it".

  • DianeO48 By DianeO48
    10.01.11  

    I have adjusted fairly well, which doesn't mean I like the change. I've had to do a lot of experimenting to see what 'this will do & what that will not do'. I wish they would just leave it alone. New & improved isn't always better. A comment to the survey about women using the social medias more than men may just be because women, as a whole, tend to be more chatty and socially outgoing than men, who tend to be of little words. It seems that women feel they need to share every second of their lives (both socially & verbally), whereas men don't usually talk about their feelings or intimate things. With men it's more what's happening in sports and what action game they're playing. Just my opinion ;o)

  • alecsys1999 By alecsys1999
    10.01.11  

    I adjusted ok to it. I am very computer literate but unfortunately my father is not. So it was a disaster trying to help him. I don't understand why they feel like they have to keep changing things and doing it without any heads up about it at that. Besides the fact of the right side bar that if you post something on YOUR friends page or like it, THEIR friends can see it now. To me that is wrong and should not have been allowed. I agree with Diane in the fact that woman apparently feel like they need to broadcast everything that is going on rather than men don't. It's all about the drama with most woman out there and they have to have the attention. Men could honestly care less most of the time.

  • msavie By msavie
    10.01.11  

    I absolutely hate the new changes to Facebook. The other format worked just fine! I know we can opt out of the sidebar posting our comments, etc., but the sidebar itself is a distraction as well as an invasion of privacy..NOW they have gone to secure browsing only and we have to agree to a whole new set of rules or not play Zoo...It truly isn't necessary to make changes to something that is working already!

  • Twinkle-Lyn By Twinkle-Lyn
    10.01.11  

    I'm open to change and have adjusted for the most part. However, there are certain things I don't like, such as the timeline and top stories because I like to view everything in chronoglogical order and with the changes I feel like I am missing things. Previously, I used the "hide" feature to filter what I didn't want to see regularly. I think the changes greatly benefit people with massive friends list, but I only use FB for family and close friends so I do not feel like it is a good change for me. I worry about my privacy now with the time line - I wish I had more control and information about protecting my privacy. I realize it is social media, but it's my information and I should be able to choose who/what is viewed.

  • Twinkle-Lyn By Twinkle-Lyn
    10.01.11  

    @msavie: How do you opt out of the sidebar? I would love that! I haven't seen anything that gives me that option, but most of the time I'm accessing FB through my phone and I think you tend to miss important account information this way.

  • loves2read13 By loves2read13
    10.01.11  

    I don't mind change but I really hate it when FB makes changes and then I feel that they are being dishonest about what they have really done. I mean why do I have to recheck my settings every time they make some sort of a change?? I think it is set just for family and friends to see and I want it just to know that my privacy is going to stay that way and my personal information is not going to be sold to charities, telemarketers and whoever else. It is getting to the point that I really trust FB less and less.

  • didama By didama
    10.02.11  

    I don't like the new changes but, of course, we'll all get use to them. The question is whether we will stick with Facebook as it keeps making some of these changes. I have more and more friends joining Google+.

  • stillgoing By stillgoing
    10.02.11  

    Maybe it is just me but when I use the app on my phone, it's worse than using my laptop. I don't get notifications and messages. But I will admit, it has made the overposters on my friends list a slight bit tolerable. I don't really want to "hide" anyone but there are those moments when the latest homebased businesswoman is peddling her wares and my wall is overwhelmed. I always figured when I get a handle on it, it changes or the bugs are gone. It is free.

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