Does anybody else think Facebook has gone downhill?


macrumors 68040
Original poster
Nov 5, 2011
I'm not sure why, but Facebook has really gone downhill in several regards.

Firstly, and most notably, the range of search criteria they allow you to use when trying to find people has become extremely narrow. You used to be able to search for people by their year of graduation, hometown, workplace etc.

Now once you've already entered a name it will let you filter the results but it's not nearly as thorough or accurate in its results. The most annoying thing is when you try to filter by school and it brings up a list of options that does not include the school you are looking for, but a variety of other random no-name schools with similar words in the name.

For instance, I'll be looking for someone that goes to Michigan State, the second or third biggest school in the country, yet in the list of options that come up there will be a bunch of satellite branches or graduate schools with Michigan State in the title, like Michigan State School of Design. Yet I won't be able to find just plain old Michigan State which has almost 50,000 students. Absolutely makes no sense, drives me insane. The biggest and leading social network in the WORLD has zero excuse to have such poor search ability.

Additionally, when you type a name in the main search bar, it will show results for not only people, but also web pages, locations, and events. To filter your results to show only people you have to click "people" on the left. This is a social network designed primarily for connecting people, you shouldnt have to narrow your results, but could have the option to broaden your search to include those options.

The only other complaints I have are the series of awful redesigns they've implemented over the last five years, culminating with the dreadful timeline.

I'm not opposed to change, but if it ain't broke dont fix it. The best format for the site was without question the tabs. They had the separate windows within your profile separated into tabs so you could have the entire screen displaying whichever area you were in at the time. Clean, organized, efficient.

This timeline is so disorganized and sloppy, it has become painful to browse profiles.

The only redeeming quality of this redesign is the beautiful cover photo layout, but from there down it's a mess.

Last but not least, their mobile formatted site and app are both generally awful and frustrating to use. The only thing that is well designed about it is the photo browser and that when you hit the back arrow to return to the previous profile/album, it does not take you back through each photo like it does on the desktop, but jumps right back to where you were and skips over all the in between steps. The tagging overlaps however and can be hard or impossible to read, and not being able to zoom without opening a new window for each picture is a pain. Also, skipping to the next/previous picture is cumbersome and difficult, you have to hit it at the perfect spot to activate the invisible arrows. You should just be able to swipe to the next one.

Anyone else take issue with Facebooks constant tinkering?
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macrumors 68030
Dec 24, 2010
Winnipeg, MB
I agree with this. Personally I think it started heading downhill when it took away the required aspect of joining a network. That is what has made it harder to find people these days.


macrumors 6502a
Sep 23, 2008
I'm not talking about the Facebook app, which I've hardly used, but the desktop application.
Sorry, My Bad. It HAD appeared under the "iPhone" forum but now it's under "Apple, Industry and Internet Discussion". I think FB continues to take a downward spiral.. What comes to mind as of late is the ability to edit or delete posts made from iOS devices has been removed. That's ludicrous.


macrumors 601
Jul 4, 2007
Denver Colorado
I think searching has always been difficult. I think FB started going downhill at least a year ago when they would change privacy settings and change your settings to public without telling anyone.


macrumors 6502
Sep 19, 2012
Facebook has been going down hill. But the problem is social media can never die. People are too fascinated by it. It has to be replaced and twitter has nothing on facebook. And google+ tries to hard.


macrumors 604
Jul 6, 2009
Facebook certainly had stuff that I preferred from the past, but I'll still continue to use it because I can easily keep up to date with friends that I could not otherwise keep in touch with.

At the end of the day, it can share pictures, message people, and so on. Not so much with Twitter, and I find google + too hard to use. I havent tried learning it, but I don't feel that I should have to.


macrumors 68040
Sep 25, 2012
Slapfish, North Carolina
On certain days, the Tech Pundits and the Haters pile up on Facebook more than they do against Apple. I guess Facebook does serve a purpose after all. It prevents Apple from being the most hated and most-criticized tech company every single day**. :D :apple:

All joking aside, FB is not going to die any time soon. The social media momentum is still on their side, by sheer numbers alone. It also depends how they react to challengers like Google+

** to Apple's credit, there are still legions of devoted Apple loyalists that proudly display their admiration for Apple. Does anyone (who is not an FB employee) openly and proudly say that he/she is a proud Facebook user these days? I didn't think so.
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