Fear that Facebook May Become the “TiVo” of Social Sites?

Is it me? Or do you fear that Facebook may become just like TiVo did with DVRs and new features the way they’ve been rolling out a new feature (it seems) every two weeks? Facebook just rolled out Friendship Pages a new feature that pulls together things like public wall posts, comments, photos (based on tags) and events that two friends have in common. Yet another thing to manage and add confusion to the mix. Not only that, but every time they roll out a new feature I have to go back and check my privacy settings because you never know if a new features is suddenly going to default to EVERYONE. But I imagine that most are sitting back and wondering how is this different than the new Groups? Or how will this benefit me?

Similarly, according to longtime early adopters, this was fundamentally the problem that TiVo suffered.  I’m a bit bias when I say that I am one of those early adopters and have no shame in telling you that TiVo is the greatest invention ever and changed so many people’s lives for the better. It certainly changed the way you watched television and because of the invention of the DVR, you now watch better, smarter television whether you have one of those cheap cable knockoffs or the real deal (TiVo). But TiVo is more than just your ordinary DVR, TiVo has a boat load of features that most it’s competitors don’t and most of it’s average users don’t even know about or care about. All they care about are the core features. Pause live TV, fast forward through commercials, record my favorite shows.

Unlike TiVo, Facebook was not the inventor of a product, or the inventor of social media or the social network, (LinkedIn was the first). However, it was the first of it’s kind to take social media to a whole new level. It made networking fun and gave a whole new meaning to the word “sharing.” So why is it do you think that Facebook has to roll out a new feature every two weeks lately? I fear that it will get so complex that people may abandon it all together for new sites like Diaspora (when it’s ready) to have more control and to bring it back to basics.

What do you think? Do you think Facebook is making a mistake by rolling out so many new features in such a short time frame that people can’t even digest them? Leave a comment or let’s have a conversation over Twitter. @tracysestili

Send to Kindle
About Tracy Sestili

Tracy Sestili is CEO and Chief blogger at Social Strand Media. She is also the author of Taking Your Brand from the Bench to the Playing Field -- Social Media Fundamentals for Business.