Pretty much sums it up for me. I think I've finally hit the tipping point that will move me over to Google+ full time.
I found me!
I honestly don't know what I'm supposed to be seeing here… is it too cluttered for you or something?
With Google it feels like an obligation not just to type in "-Feels like having icecream" and press enter because it appears as this whole news-post looking thing. I don't think most people have enough going on to fill a Google Plus feed. This is a good thing though. Both of these websites fill a need. I go to G+ to hear interesting news from people who have interesting shit going on, and I go to Facebook to have brief, meaningless interactions with people I probably wouldn't consider hanging out with in person.
But yeah that new bar on the right is some bullshit.
Opening the list of all on chat people and a chat… Then opening a picture post does make it feel a lot more cluttered than it really should be. But that's the worst you can do and it's not really designed for people to be that multitasking.
Why is there a list of who's available to chat on the left AND the right? Why is there a top stories, a most recent, AND a sidebar live feed on the upper right? That's without the extra open stuff. I feel like we're seeing everything two and a half times over.
And I took this screenshot when I had the chat open, then moused over the picture post, and suddenly thought "whoa, when did it get like this?"
There's also a link to your profile on the left and right (and the one on the right was just made bigger), and now there's a "Home" link on the right in addition to clicking the Facebook logo to get back home. Their solution to the interface becoming more and more complex is apparently to link to everything from everywhere, just in case. I'm usually loathe to jump on the "The New Facebook Sucks" bandwagon that starts up every time they make any changes, but this is just bad UI design.
Keep in mind that they are dealing with a lot of people and most of those people are both stupid and computer illiterate and a fair number are one or the other. That's who any potential changes are made for and it must be that way for any business that has inserted itself into daily life as much as Facebook has.
So the way to deal with computer illiterate people is to overwhelm them with user interface options?
Yeah, I'm done with Facebook, it's just a huge mess. Loving Google+ so far; the only thing is that hardly any of my friends are on it.