Wrote what I think is happening to facebook.
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?