Facebook Users “Dislike” New Timeline Format

ALO ALTO, Calif., May 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Attensity, the leading provider of social analytics and engagement applications, today announced the results of its analysis of public reaction in social media to the new Facebook Timeline format for profile pages. Using Attensity Analyze, the company’s social analytics application, Attensity processed 138,572 public comments posted on Facebook, Twitter and blogs over a six-week period. The results, showing an overwhelming 93 percent of comments contain negative sentiment toward Timeline, are published on the Attensity blog at blog.attensity.com/?p=4545.

“We were rather shocked at the degree of frustration expressed by Facebook users toward the new Timeline format,” said Rebecca MacDonald, vice president of marketing at Attensity. “We knew from anecdotal evidence that many users —both individuals and businesses— were unhappy with it, but the results generated by Attensity Analyze show a degree of negative sentiment we hadn’t anticipated, given that Facebook is still in the process of rolling out Timeline to individual users.”

Attensity’s data reveals a strong customer “churn” potential away from Facebook. The most frequently-appearing phrases in the messages are: “Delete FB Account”; “Hate New Timeline”; “Timeline Forced Changes”; “Switch to Other Social Network”; and “Will Delete FB.”  During the research timeframe, which included the March 30 deadline for businesses to convert their profile pages to Timeline, many users indicated their intention to try competing social network Google+.

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