Those geniuses at Facebook just never stop "improving" the site. Some of the improvements have been really great, such as The Facebook Page Browser. But then sometimes they do something I just don't understand...like how they've made the "Enter" key post a comment instead of adding a paragraph. It used to be that if you wanted to leave a comment that was more than one paragraph, you would hit "Enter" to begin a new paragraph, then click to post the comment. But now when you hit enter, Facebook just posts whatever you've already written as the comment - without warning. It's very frustrating, and because there is no way to edit your own comments, you have to either delete the incomplete comment and start over, or add your next paragraph as a separate comment.
There is a work-around, which is to hit "shift+enter" (at the same) to insert a paragraph break, but I'm guessing the folks at Facebook realize most people aren't going to know that option is available, or remember to use it. Facebook does not explain what the purpose of this new "feature" is. I suspect it has to do with helping those who mostly access Facebook on the mobile, and aren't likely to be writing novel-length comments, anyway.
But for those of us who usually access Facebook on our computers, and who actually like to communicate in writing...300 word paragraphs are kind of annoying, both for the reader and writer.
Now, if I can just figure out how to post URLs in comments without them disappearing...all will be right with the world again. Facebook isn't helping with that problem, and I'm not sure if it's a new spam filter or just a bug. Any ideas? Anyone?
Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking.