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article imageNeutral reviews for the new Facebook Special

By Alexandra Christopoulos     Sep 25, 2011 in Technology
Facebook user Saneh Badwal remembers when the popular social networking site was exclusive to university and college students, back in 2005. But six years later and after earning two university degrees, Badwal says her perceptions have changed.
"My personal experience... at first, it was used to network with students- create events, plan parties, and then afterwards, parties were re-created and re experienced with photo albums," says Badwal. "But mostly, it was so you could meet and learn about other students at your school quickly."
As social media forums keep advancing, Facebook has recently given itself a new do-over, offering new features and apps. Love or hate it, the spotlight on some of these new features may continue to hold. It has only been a week after all, since many of the new features rolled out.
Now a graduate, Badwal admits Facebook's first attempts were successful for her, as she reflects on how much the site has evolved.
"I used to think Facebook was the coolest thing ever. Now it is just alright," she says. "I don't take events, photo albums and relationship status changes too seriously anymore."
Even so, she says she will keep her account.
"I won't deactivate my account because most of my friends still have it. And I travel a lot, so it's a great way to stay connected while I'm abroad," says Badwal. " It's also a great way to keep in touch with people you meet when you travel. Who needs pen pals when you have the new Facebook?"
Kirsten McNeill, a social media expert, explains one of the advantages to the makeover was how it may present a more accurate picture of today's Facebook user, individually.
The 'timeline' application, for example, allows for friends to view various highlights of the person's life (as many as they wish to choose).
"The old Facebook didn’t seem to have the best representation of an individual, as it only offered a snippet of our current life," says McNeill.
Another plus, McNeill notes, was the change from a regular news feed to a smart feed. No matter how often one may log in, the new feature is designed to keep track of popular items from each day, so you wont miss out.
"In other words, it starts thinking, “What would Kirsten be interested in seeing?”
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