- Although the redesign adds some new functionality and encourages more interaction among members via commenting, it is a step backward in usefulness. I now find it more difficult to find out what people I care about are doing.
- Facebook clearly has Twitter envy.
- Facebook looks to be repositioning itself for monetization via the Twitter model.
My guess is Facebook now envies Twitter's position with a clear path to monetization, and to reposition itself in a Twitter fashion. Evidence:
- Facebook's redesign strongly refocuses user attention on the real-time feed and interactions with the feed.
- Corporate pages (e.g. fan pages) now take the exact same form as user profiles. This will enable corporations to act more like people on Facebook--just like how there is no distinction between people and companies on Twitter.
- The sudden prominence of stupid quizes. There is no reason why these quizes have sudden increased in prominence of feeds unless they are an unfortunate side-effect of increased prominence of advertiser communication in the feed.