Facebook’s New Layout. “I’m Not In Love…”

“…or is this just a silly phase we’re going through?”, like the band 10cc sang. Have you been wondering why you have been feeling so little love towards the changes Facebook has been rolling out?

It seems a little paradoxical that these changes are “designed to enhance the emotional connection its users have to each other through Facebook”, like Ben Parr writes in an article in Mashabale. Hmm. One of my best friends left for Google+ yesterday but not without sending me an invitation first. Others have commented but basically surrendered – what can one do?

Perhaps we’re sensing that Facebook’s primary goal is – astonishingly not more money or users – a pure power trip: Wanting “to become the social layer that supports, powers and connects every single piece of the web, no matter who or what it is or where it lives. On Thursday [today] at its f8 conference in San Francisco, the world’s largest social network will take a giant leap toward accomplishing that goal.” Significant changes are therefore yet to come. But do check out the explanations of the new changes as of today, Thursday September 22, 2011. in this slideshow.

Or is this the typical Facebook cycle? Something changes, people hate it but then soon get used to it.

Our focus is however, how this all affects musicians and band pages. This will have to be determined in the near future. Because as “the New York Times’ Ben Sisario confirmed with certain sources earlier this week, Mark Zuckerberg’s company will unite with the likes of Spotify and MOG to bring music services to the site”, like Reuters writes. We had mentioned these changes in another post about Facebook pulling music via Google Chrome’s music+.

The good news for musicians/songwriters/music publishers is that this may lure in a whole new audience BUT it may also undermine their efforts to turn a profit through subscriptions. Would that mean less revenue for the artists? Who knows.

Another rumour is about new buttons. In addition to being able to “like’ something, you may now say that you “listened,” “watched” or “read” – definitely a nice promotional feature for the creators of these products.

Stay posted!

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