I’d like to ask a favor — This week I am working with a special group of teenagers attending a class on Media Literacy.  Isn’t that cool?  With your help, I want to demonstrate in a very living and powerful experiment how blogging and social media can allow them to connect with wonderful people from all over the world.

Below, they have offered their free content for you about ideas they have to re-make Facebook. In exchange, could you please tweet this article and write a comment so the kids can see the number of people who have connected with them?

Thank you!  And now here is how our teenagers would re-invent Facebook if they ruled the world. I think you’re going to enjoy this …

“There are too many companies trying to get us to “like” their pages. Before you know it, there’s TONS of likes on your profile (without really meaning to have as many likes.) And, once you like them, the company’s wall posts come up on my News Feed! (That’s NOT what I signed up for.) Worst of all, they’re getting PAID when you like their the banner ads.  They trick you into thinking it’s fine to like the company when you pay them to know everything about you.”

– Jordan Brown

“If I could change one thing about Facebook to make it much more fun and useful, I would add video chat/conferencing. Adding the ability to see your friends face to face at any time would be very fun, and if that friend lived out of state or country it would be a way to see them face to face.  This would also make job interviews or business transactions much easier as long as you are friends on Facebook. Of course, there are obvious alternatives such as Skype or even Gmail video chat, but many people don’t use Skype and having the video chat available on Facebook would make it simple and easy.”
– Nathan Glandon

“They need to change their layout less often. Once every few months Facebook changes its layout which causes confusion with the users, makes everyone wish for the old layout, and requires the users to spend additional time learning the new layout. One of the reasons that Facebook changes its layout so often is to make sure the users spend time on Facebook learning the new system. Though if the Facebook operators have not noticed, most users are pretty much addicted anyway and do not need the new layouts as an excuse to spend time on Facebook.”

– Nicole Gonzalez

“If Facebook created a page (kind of similar to a “like” page) for all schools, you could automatically join this page when you enter a new school. Because social media is overtaking e-mail, newsletters, and even some websites it would be a very helpful tool for students because a huge majority of students always check their Facebook at night and not always there e-mail, etc.  On a school page, we are just a click away from seeing who is in what class, when the big game is, and what homework is due tomorrow.”

– Savanna Horne

“Facebook has many flaws but what would add a lot of value would be voice and video chat — something that would add to the social interaction that one could experience while being on the website.  Whether parents and trying to communicate with their college kids or old friends trying to catch up, I think this would be a marvelous idea.”

– Daniel van der Merwe

By clicking on a friend to chat, you would have the option to video chat. The video would take place in the chat bubble. You could change your effects to distort your face or put up a background photo. You could also have a group meeting and go to your group’s page and see everyone there.”

– Samantha Horne

“Facebook would be much more useful if you could see your RSS feeds as Facebook posts.  It would be nice because you wouldn’t have to spend time searching for your favorite blog’s page on Facebook only to find out that the blog doesn’t have a Facebook page. Although many people read their RSS feeds through Gmail, I think a lot of people prefer scrolling through the blog-like format of Facebook instead of clicking on 50 two-sentence RSS emails.   Also, a one-time preference not to see any game or application posts, and a similar preference not to post about games or applications would make it much less annoying to play games on Facebook. You wouldn’t have to constantly tell the game that no, you don’t want premium benefits for making your friends bored.”

– Elizabeth Ham

“Facebook sends you messages at the end of every week to show you how many times you have been on in the last week. This information seems to edge the user into wanting to get on more often, or just saying “I haven’t been on in a while.” This is a way of boosting the amount Facebook user time. The more time, the more advertising. These facts benefit Facebook but is a nuisance to the user.”

– Justin Brown

“I would enjoy the Facebook experience more if I was not worried that different fun games would hack into my profile and send viruses out to my friends and post things on my status.”

– Garret Hudson

“I would add an optional feature that sends you a notification whenever someone looks at your profile. It will allow users to be more aware of who is paying attention to them.”

– Nick Jernigan

“I would add a feature to Facebook that would allow members to share music easily. It would be another tab that every profile would have and you could listen to any of your friends music playlists. It wouldn’t be illegal piracy because no one would download the songs. It would be a free music library that anyone on Facebook could listen to or copy to their own playlists.”

– Rachel Gorman

“I created an account for the sole purpose of entering a contest. I couldn’t seem to figure out how to access certain parts of my personal information and when I actually tried to enter the contest, I couldn’t. These issues may have very simple solutions that I simply didn’t take the time to find, but I haven’t ever bothered to go back.”

– Jacob Fields

“Facebook apps should not be allowed to access my personal information. When I go to a new a app it always says “permission to access your account, friends, and pictures. To continue hit allow to stop hit deny.” If you click allow, they can access whatever you post, your friends, and they can even post stuff. Facebook needs to do away with this.”

– Bailey Jones

Pretty good feedback I would say.  What do you think? Talk back to the kids in the comment section!

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