24/02/2011 by Sarah Ritchie
Facebook has done it again and has made a radical update to its Facebook Pages…with no warning, and without my express permission!
The change “coincided” with a series of unexplained errors on a Page that I administer, so I took to the web to find a solution (with no success – I had to figure out a workaround for myself).
In my search I came across many polarised opinions. Some people loved the updates, some hated them. I like most of the new features, but, as my tactful web friend genius – Caleb – said to me: “Facebook doesn’t care what YOU think!” (thanks mate).
In response to one of the “Facebook update haters” – in a discussion forum – a respondent politely asked the irate hater whether they had read the book “Who Moved My Cheese?” (by Spencer Johnson). Good point really. Were we grumbling about the change to the Facebook features or grumbling because something had changed and had forced us to move from our comfort zone?
Toward the end of my photolithography (say what?) apprenticeship, I was given the opportunity to train on the Apple Macs (which were a fairly new introduction to our industry at the beginning of the 90s). I agreed. I was young (around 20 years old), enthusiastic and forward-thinking.
At the same time, in the same company, older employees (all men, by-the-by) were also given the same opportunity to re-train on the Macs. Most refused. As photolithography and platemaking died out, so did the jobs and careers of those men.
Though sometimes very scary, change is not – necessarily – a sign of impending doom. As my former workmates could confirm, NOT changing could be the sign of impending doom. Change can open up possibilities and pathways you may never have imagined.