This week’s guest blog post is written by Lynette Sawyer, an emerging Millenial with a passion for HR, Design and creating engaging workplaces. This week Lynette weighs in on the changes Facebook announced.. and a new angle to consider.
So, what do Facebook and a Micro-Manager have in common?
No, it’s note a joke, but could be one! This week at F8, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg presented the new changes coming to the social network, which welcomed – let’s say a less than “like”-able result. The new changes have not only taken users aback but also led many to already quit Facebook. As for the hesitation, this comes to the changes in the functionalities of ‘timeline’ and ‘open graph’. ‘Timeline’ will now be more like the “story of your life”, displaying collections of past updates, stories, pictures and applications you have used. ‘Open Graph’ will make things “stickier” – utilizing various facebook tools (like timeline) to see what your friends are doing: watching a movie or searching UNICEF – making social much more personal and being engrained in every facet of your like down to the last detail!
So where are the commonalities?
Let’s take a look at the definition of Micro-Manager: Dictionary.com defines micromanagement as “management or control with excessive attention to minor details”. The online dictionary Encarta defines micromanagement as “attention to small details in management: control of a person or a situation by paying extreme attention to small details”. The notion of micromanagement can be extended to any social context where one person takes a bully approach, in the level of control and influence over the members of a group.
Facebook is really trying to achieve the be-all and end-all of social media. The new features of Facebook are mimicking that of Micro-Managers. Not only do they want to know every last detail of your life, but the roll out of the changes, without your input seems a bit bullish, like they are controlling how you want to experience your social network.
What happened to the old adage: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”