Facebook. It’s a love-hate relationship. I love seeing my friends and family from afar, what they are up to, how their children are growing. I hate how ingrained it is in everyday life. How on earth did we manage when I was growing up? (Snail mail, actually sending photos that you had to have developed; heaven forbid you pick up a phone and talk to someone). The most amusing aspect to me is how much complaining I see in my news feed every time facebook pushes a change: “No, I do not want to be added to a group without my permission, thank you very much,” or “Why is my grandmother allowed to tag random people I don’t know on my photos now?” (That might be a question I asked. She may need to take a few lessons in what tagging is actually for; I might need to redo all my privacy settings).
In my experience, nobody likes change. It takes us out of our comfort zone. Take it or leave it though — Facebook is on to something. They don’t have to deal with running several versions of their product! They deploy a change, people moan and groan about it, and then get used to it.
In my world, it’s not so simple — a world where we have self-hosted clients (who can determine what version, to an extent, they want to be on) and clients in the cloud (the latest release). We have to test everything. I long for the day where all clients are on one version, and I no longer have to worry about supported upgrade paths, or testing a bug across three releases. (more…)