Fred Griffin: Major Changes to YouTube and Facebook - What Do You Think?

Major Changes to YouTube and Facebook - What Do You Think?

Will the Major Changes to Facebook and YouTube create a loss in Users/Viewers?  YouTube says that they get 4 Billion hits per day.  Facebook claims 800,000,000 User Accounts.  But many Users are miffed and not happy about Recent Changes






YouTube - Forbes Video Channel


      The recent change to YouTube has left many people perplexed and annoyed. 

     Some YouTubers spent a lot of time and money designing custom backgrounds and graphics.  Now, those customizations are gone, and YouTube looks like a stainless steel kitchen appliance top. 


     On March 1, every Channel will be forced onto the New User Interface.






Facebook Timeline


     Facebook - first came the "Ticker".  Some people had it, some did not.  You could opt out, then you could not opt out. 


     Now comes "Timeline" for the Personal Facebook Page.  Everybody will have their "Life Story" on their Facebook Personal Page.  Everything you ever posted onto Facebook, will now be front and center, in chronological order


     There will be no opt out.





     When a Social Media Network or Blog Site makes changes, most people will adapt, and play along.  But when those changes come too often and too fast (Facebook), or if the change is so drastic that the Site is barely recognizable (YouTube), many people will become discouraged and look elsewhere. 



     Facebook previously had no real alternative (LinkedIn is for professionals; Twitter is too succinct).  But now comes Google+ and Google+ Business Pages...  For the first time, Facebook may be up against real competition. 

     As for YouTube:  YouTubers are not going to get excited about Vimeo or Viddler or Animoto, because the Social Networking angle is not there - yet.





     Do you remember MySpace, AOL, and GeoCities?  These were $ Billion Dollar Websites that are now either gone completely, or they only exist as a Mere Shell of their former self.  Their management goofed up, and the Users went away.


     Nothing is "too big to fail".




     We can trot out such platitudes as, "Nothing is Certain Except Change".   But there is another principle - change it enough, make it non-recognizable, and people will go elsewhere. 


     Just ask "Tom" from MySpace!




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Comment balloon 43 commentsFred Griffin • January 26 2012 09:19PM


Oh funny... I love the new YouTube layout and think it offers way more customization than the old one ever did and yes I also love the Facebook time line.  :)

Posted by Monika McGillicuddy, Southern NH & the Seacoast Area (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty) almost 7 years ago

I don't like the FaceBook timeline. I was trying to contact someone using it, and couldn't find a way to email that person. I haven't checked out the changes on youtube as of yet.

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) almost 7 years ago

I have cut facebook way back and will likely abandon the social page with the timeline.  Someone will take their place.  Social networking is here to stay, a specific platform may not be. 

Posted by Marge Piwowarski, Phoenix AZ Horse Property, LLC (Phoenix AZ Horse Property) almost 7 years ago

Hi Fred, great post. Who really is watching us through Facebook and Youtube. Those who want to tell their life story should be able to. but why?????  too much information out there and yes go along or get off the sight. Probably trouble waiting to happen. We finally did a facebook fan page. Good luck in 2012

Posted by Ed & Tracy Oliva, The Oliva Team Arizona Agents (West USA Realty - Arizona) almost 7 years ago

Nothing is "too big to fail.  You said it all with this simple sentence.  Suggested.

Posted by John McCormack, CRS, Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me! (Albuquerque Homes Realty) almost 7 years ago

I think both sites will continue to increase their numbers whether there were changes or not.

Posted by Ken Brandon, Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, NC (Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage (Jacksonville, NC)) almost 7 years ago

Hi Fred, "Nothing is too big to fail" says it all!  I read your comment earlier on Debb Janes' post and was relieved and almost "happy" to see it.  I am relatively new to social media and it has seemed that about the time I have something "set", it changes.  As you state, I am spending more hours invested to do something that I have already done.  I have almost left Facebook completely alone because I figured it would change umpteen times while I was focusing on Active Rain as time permits.  I can't even imagine people that have invested dollars upon dollars or even more time than I.  Great post!  I also suggested!

Posted by Linda Holloway, REALTOR®, Your Next Home in Tampa Bay Starts Here! (Keller Williams Realty Tampa Central) almost 7 years ago

Not fans of the new looks -- cumbersome and seems no good reason for them -- oh well -- they will change in the future -- its what happens.

Posted by Bob & Carolin Benjamin, East Phoenix Arizona Homes (Benjamin Realty LLC) almost 7 years ago

You know how "I" feel about the new design change on YouTube. I had a lot of comments on my FB yesterday and it took forever to answer or respond - thanks to the new timeline.
     Good post Fred and I appreciate it. D

YouTube Thursdays

Posted by Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD, REALTORS® in Clark County, WA (ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors) almost 7 years ago

I've seen the timeline on a few FB pages, and I'm gone almost the moment I land there - what's the point, you can't find anything, and making it harder to find things drives people away. 

I'm with those who say that there will always be something new down the road, and Facebook has forgotten this critical point (that ALL social networking sites, even Active Rain, need to keep in mind) - change may be inevitable, but not all of it is good, and change simply because change is inevitable (change for change's sake) is neither necessary nor a good thing.

When everyone is forced to go to the new Timeline format, I suspect Facebook will lose a lot of its value to those of us who use it for business. Then, however loyal they might think we are, we'll move on to something better that gives us what we want when they have stopped doing so.  After all, change is inevitable, right?  That goes both ways, bucko!


Posted by Tricia Jumonville, Texas REALTOR , Agent With Horse Sense (Bradfield Properties) almost 7 years ago


It's very easy to just move on and abandon an old platform if there are tooo many changes as you say.


Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) almost 7 years ago

Fred -- Good point on nothing being too big to fail. That facebook timeline is annoying. Too many changes made just like that with no or little warning confuses and alienates the users.  I haven't seen YT yet, but it doesn't sound good.

Posted by Barbara Altieri, REALTOR-Fairfield County CT Homes/Condos For Sale (RealtyQuest/Kinard Realty Group, Fairfield and New Haven County CT Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

once we get used to something, any change usually freaks us out, but we will soon get used to it

Posted by Kamal Salim, A Superior Level of Service ! (The K Company Realty) almost 7 years ago

I absolutely HATE the new Facebooklayout and timeline. Bring back what made us all like it to begin with, sometimes change is good but not in this case.

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) almost 7 years ago

Personally, I am miffed at the changes, too, but will stay with Facebook anyway because what I'm left with is better than nothing!


Posted by Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs (Kelly Right Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

This cracks me up! Not only did I have to hear the complaints on facebook, but now I have to hear them here too! LOL

I am not sure if it's just me, but I love the changes! But I am a person who loves change. We are a rare bunch, but, yes we do exist.

This is a perfect example of you need to learn to adapt to change. Humans are not programmed that way in general. People who are open to change and can adapt usually become very successful. Don't put limitations on yourself. If you say you are going to leave facebook because of this change. What else are you leaving or not looking at because you fear the change ahead. Just food for thought!


Posted by Stacia Whatley, StaciaSellsHomes Your Western WA Realtor® (Hawkins-Poe Inc.) almost 7 years ago

I'm 54 (in April) and getting crotchety.  Don't move my cheese.  The MINUTE I get used to some technology, format, layout (AR is no exception) they MOVE MY CHEESE and I've got to relearn the new layout, format, technology!!  I've not switched to the new FB timeline.  I just got USED to FB . . . great post Fred.

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) almost 7 years ago

I noticed both changes but so far I have more important things to concentrate on, will get to it some time.  I am not afraid of change it just happen too often especially on Facebook, I would need a social media assistant  :)

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) almost 7 years ago

Monika - 320 Videos on your YouTube Channel!  Very impressive.


Debbie, I don't like it either.  I am looking for 3rd party software (like Social Fixer) to Block It.


Marge, some say that Social Media is "coming of age", and the Big Sites are jostling for position.


Ed and Tracy,  I "Liked" your Facebook Page!


John, thank you for the "Suggest" .   It worked!   :)


Ken, agreed.  Facebook will continue to dominate, unless Google+ can gain more traction.  YouTube has no serious rivals.


Hi, Linda.   Maybe, just maybe, Facebook will finally calm down and stop changing.  But Google and YouTube are on a roll; there appears to be no end in sight! 


Bob and Carolin, "Cumbersome" is a perfect description.   These people have lost sight of "Keep It Simple".


Hi, Debb!  Remember when I first showed up at YouTube Thursdays,?  I was posting YouTube Video Tutorials almost every day.  The reason I stopped, was because YouTube changed everything.   I am learning the new YouTube, and will be back on YTT soon enough!


Tricia, it definitely goes both ways.  I mentioned MySpace, GeoCities, and AOL, but there are many, many formerly great websites who alienated their User Base.  


Brian,  as long as there is Choice, there will be the opportunity to abandon a site and move on.


Barbara, "no or little warning confuses and alienates the users" says it best.  The only mention of upcoming changes is often in some obscure Tech Publication, or with some very limited "Beta" User Group.  Nobody knows what is coming.


Kamal, agreed: most people will adapt.   But, if they change too often and too fast, or if they make some radical change (like what Google did to Search this week), then people will go elsewhere.


Scott, you are in good company.  Many people hate the new Timeline.


Gretchen, I am also "staying with" Facebook, but I am ramping up my presence on Google+.   Be sure to check it out, especially now that Google will be favoring Google+ Businesses in SEO /  Search Results.


Stacia, thanks for your positive outlook!   I am not opposed to beneficial change.  But when the change is detrimental, then I will move along.  Thank you for commenting.      FWIW, I have a cousin named Stacia!


Carla, thank you!    53, huh?   I am "double nickels"...  leave my cheese where it is, PLEASE.


Jennifer, the "Social Media Assistants" love these changes...  they can charge their Clients $$$ for updating them on the new layout!   :)













Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

People complain a lot about all this stuff but I think it will mostly be business as usual for most folks.  We are all so used to these services that we will continue to use them until something newer and better comes along.  It always does.

Posted by Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker, Selling Northwest Houston to good people like you! (Janisch & Co.) almost 7 years ago

Everyone complains when a company makes any type of changes to their site...but eventually you conform to the new ways.  Every time Facebook makes any small changes many people complain...but eventually get used to the new way.

Posted by Joy Daniels (Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.) almost 7 years ago

Fred ~ FB forcing everyone to go THEIR timeline is just plain a bad move.  I won't spend much time there because of it!!

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging that Sells Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) almost 7 years ago

I am in the process of putting facebook as a business page only, no more personal.

Posted by Luis Iniguez, Search Inland Empire Homes For Sale - Short Sale Agent (Option One Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

I haven't gone to Youtube for a little while so perhaps I should go and take a gander at the change. As far as Facebook goes I am not so worried about that change. It is nothing that you can't find out on Pipl! 

Posted by Rosalie Evans, The Evans Group, Sioux Falls, SD Homes For Sale (Meritus Group Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

Fred - perhaps Facebook's rumored IPO will be it's swansong ..... first you draw the public in for free ..... then you create some form of revenue stream and then you sell out and retire and who cares what your users think.

Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) almost 7 years ago

I've been putting off getting involved with Google+. Time to get serious now !!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Michael J. Perry, Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist (KW Elite ) almost 7 years ago

I don't mind changes that are optional.  I really dislike being forced into formats and changes in order to participate.  I have not had a chance to look into it yet, but I am leary of google's new program to pull everything it can find on a person into that person's google page - if I understand the news about Google correctly.

Posted by R.E. Renée Hoover, Salesperson, Poconos, Pike, Wayne, Monroe Counties, PA; PA/NYS (Century 21 Geba Realty, Milford, PA; Licensed in PA & NYS) almost 7 years ago

Fred, congratulations on your FEATURED post. I have facebook account but do not know how to use.

Posted by Kwee Huset, Venice Florida Homes For Sale (Kwee Huset Realty) almost 7 years ago

Everything appears to be changing just because it can rather than if it makes sense or is even humanly possible to keep up or current. Facebook began with faces, now it is all about format. Like you, I see the too big to fail folks juggling for position while we learn and unlearn and learn again. Thank you for making a difference here with this information. Congratulations on your feature!


Posted by Emily Medvec Qualifying Broker, Realtor | Serving Santa Fe & Northern NM (Hello Realty Partners) almost 7 years ago

OMG! I was just thinking that today. I really feel that the new Timeline in Facebook mirrors MySpace. I am not thrilled with it. I don't like the messiness of the layout. But, it's there choice to change it.... I guess I just have to 'play along' and watch Google+.

Posted by Lindsey Hasford, Bringing you home... (Edina Realty) almost 7 years ago

Hi Fred--great conversation.  I am not bothered by the changes to You Tube--maybe because they make them so infrequently.  FB on the other hand with this time line is just like the final nail in the coffin for me.  I find that I am spending less and less times on FB these days. 

Posted by Janet Jones, Home Staging, Interior Redesign Kihei, Maui, Hawaii (Just Your Style Interiors, LLC) almost 7 years ago

Hi Fred, my FB seems to be the same as always. When does the new Timeline roll out?          

Posted by Sandy Acevedo, RE/MAX Masters, Inland Empire Homes for Sale (951-290-8588) almost 7 years ago

More often than not change is good.  Typically there's a good reason for them.  I try to work with it and learn it and get a jump on the competition by mastering it.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) almost 7 years ago

I agree with Gabe. Change is good we just seem to get used to something and comfortable and don't want it to change.  Technology is progressing and those that use it and perhaps rely on it have to move with it...or not.

Posted by Blatt + Cutino, Broker-Associate 831/206-8070*Call today* (Keller Williams Coastal Estates) almost 7 years ago

Fred, I agree! Too many changes will drive people away. Hopefully, the changes are good for the long haul.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA almost 7 years ago

I love them both.  Things always change.  People need to get with it or get over it.                                               

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) almost 7 years ago

Fred, we were slow getting into FB still not sure what it is other than a place for people to ramble on and post a bunch of nonsense.  We still play around with it, but Google+ seems to have a lot more people posting interesting stuff. The "Hangout" is great, first time we tried it a fellow from France popped it... that was cool.

Would like to know more about the Google+ business page.

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 7 years ago

I love the turmoil that everyone has when things change, but I'm not a fan of learning everything all over again, unless there's a reason to. I'm just now starting to look at G+ and it's gonna take a while to figure that one out. I guess we don't really have a choice, do we?

Posted by Eric Michael, Metro Detroit Real Estate Professional 734.564.1519 (Remerica Integrity, Realtors®, Northville, MI) almost 7 years ago

Al - I don't have any problem with change as long as it functions correctly... That being said, I don't think it will make too much of a difference in the way people approach the social platforms that are out there right now... Google+ is growing though and we are certainly getting into it now as well.... Change is good me thinks... but that's just us...

Posted by Robert and Lisa Hammerstein -201-315-8618, Bergen County NJ Real Estate (Keller Williams Valley Realty) almost 7 years ago

How does your cousin pronounce her name? Mine is pronounced Stay~see~ya Most poeple I meet with my name pronounce it more like Stay~Sha

Posted by Stacia Whatley, StaciaSellsHomes Your Western WA Realtor® (Hawkins-Poe Inc.) almost 7 years ago

Hi, Stay-see-ya!

    My cousin pronounces her name,  "Stay-Sha".   

Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

I'm feeling the change. So far I have resisted the Timeline. I was just started with you tube. I need to build my video library.

Posted by Tracey R. Wrisper, "RealtorTraceyW" - Homes for Sale in Leesville LA (American Dream Real Estate, LLC of LA) almost 7 years ago

Hi, Tracey.

    Twitter is also undergoing a major change... it is mostly to the appearance of the page, and NOT to the "way it works".

Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) almost 7 years ago