Social media usability: Facebook, Flickr and WordPress can blow me
Starting a few days ago Facebook seems to have “improved” the site again. All of a sudden, when you paste the URL of an image post from a WordPress site into the status box it doesn’t want to auto-load the image. Not only that, there is no way in hell, that I can figure out, how to end-run the user experience geniuses and make it load that image.
Now I see that fucking Flickr has “improved” their interface, too. It still does all the counterintuitive user-hating stuff it used to, only now in an even less user-friendly way. I’ve dealt with these cocksuckers enough that I was able to snoop around and finally figure out where they had hidden all the simple functionality, but we’ve gone from a couple clicks to find the little drop down menu on the other side of the page and go from there. This is the second round of enhancements since I signed up and if they continue in this direction I figure two more updates and you’ll need a PhD in computer science just to put an image in an album.
So I don’t know how I’m going to continue doing the things I have been doing fairly routinely. Posting 5280 Lens Mafia stuff is doable, only it loses a little of the magic of posting photos when FB won’t, you know, show you the fucking photos!
I guess I’ll just throw up the post and ask people to click through to the WP site to see the shot.
Speaking of WordPress, some time back they rolled out a new interface. Hate to be left behind as the only user-friendly experience on social media, I guess. For a while it was possible to keep using the old “Classic” interface, which was – and I can’t stress this enough – better in every motherfucking way. They’d periodically flash up a little poll asking why you weren’t using the new interface, but “because it sucks moose ass” was never one of the options.
Finally, they decided to quit fucking around with us and make the new interface mandatory for everyone who wasn’t smart enough to figure out where they hid the old one. Fine, I’ll do the workaround, and thank you self-absorbed wanker assclowns for making the process of using your service just a little more annoying than it used to be.
I got your beep beep boop right here, bitches.
While I’m here, I strongly encourage everyone to join me over at Ello, where they don’t hate users at all. They actually devote a lot of energy to trying to make it easier on us. They’re still in beta so they aren’t all the way there yet, but they’re making headway. If you do come over, I’m @doc.
Meanwhile, there is a line around the block of people who can blow me. The UX teams at Flickr and WordPress, as well as … well, fucking everybody at Facebook can go to the end and wait your goddamned turn.
BTW, here’s the image I was trying to post. I’m not sure it was even worth the effort, but what the heck, I’m willing to suffer for my art….