Facebook Redesign and Reading Response

Facebook Redesign

Our social life can be extremely diverse, and we have developed different sides to deal with our different social positions since when we were small children. Most of the time we show quite different faces or personalities and characters to our teachers, friends, co-workers and family members. But when this diversification comes to our digital social applications, such as Facebook, it can be a problem to organize and classify them in different categories. Facebook has tried to help its users classify their friends by putting them in additional smaller categories, but putting our friends on Facebook in different groups and managing those groups can be very frustrating.

My concept for a Facebook redesign is to try to find a way to for its users to manage their own personality sides more easily.

We do not really need make groups because people already make themselves into “ groups” by inputting their basic information on their own profiles. Facebook can use that information to analyze each person and put them into groups for us. I want to design a function that can use keywords to filter and add exclusivity to a post. We can just simply use “#” with a keyword. For example: when we want to post something related to our school and only want to show this post to our classmates, we can  type in :

“ Does anyone know how to submit our homework to the DT blog #Parsons#New  School ”

Then Facebook will help to analysis who on your Facebook has “Parsons” or “ New School” in their profile information and automatically show this post only to them.

Another example: when we want to post something that only relates to people that live in or have lived in certain cities or locations. we can type in:

“ Does anyone know any good restaurants in Shanghai?#Shanghai#China”

Then that information will only be sent to your Facebook friends who lives or have lived in Shanghai.


Natural User Interfaces Are Not Natural:

My niece got her iPad when she was four years old, but her parents were not even amazed at how fast a four year old child had learned those touch screens gestures so fast and without any help from adults. Although gestural interaction is the new excitement in the halls of industry, this kind of interaction also has been inherited in our genes since our ancestors started to use their hands. In our digital world, GUI is presented in a very complex way; but from my understanding based on the example about my niece, gestural interaction design should be easily accessible and naturally learned by people. This is the reason why Gesture and touch-based systems are very well accepted today and have become popular in very short time.

Great Wall of Facebook:


A very interesting anecdote about the competition between Facebook and Google is that both companies have changed the way we access and choose our needs from many resources. Facebook has grown so fast because it has developed an innovative way connect people to other people and provide an enormous source of personal data. Also, in a more broader way Google helps us connect to relevant information that we want to access to. Although it seems that they both started to develop from the same field to compete with each other (such as  Google+  becoming a popular social website), they still play different roles in our daily lives and both are very important for us .

I think the internet users will benefit in the future from this kind of competition between major internet companies. In the future, these kinds of competitions for social experiences will create more user friendly experiences and we can get more personalize resources or searching tools.


Why Bill Joy: The Future Doesn’t Need Us:

Should Human’s Technology replace human or will technology will replace human by offering highly intelligent robot and computers? This is the main issue in article that author wants to discuss with us.

In my opinion, I think Technology can be only operated by human themselves and run only in a very designed and semi-limited fashion. Humans will always be the only inventor and in the position to update information, functions, commands and revise, provide, create innovations for any kinds of future devices. So I don’t think technology will replace us in the future. On the contrary, human will play a more significant role in the consumption and invention of technology.



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