Facebook alters Event Listings: No longer possible to hide “Not Attending”
Not long ago, I praised Facebook for changes it made to it’s event listings function: namely the ability to hide people who said they couldn’t attend an event. To me, this made sense: if you’re promoting an event, you want to highlight the number of people who are coming, not the naysayers.
Now suddenly this week this feature is GONE! I wrote to Facebook admins, hoping that this is a glitch and not a design change. At this point, I’m fearing the worst. Perhaps this feature ate up some critical storage space on their servers?
What can you do in the meantime? I’ve started deleting “Not Attending” folks on the “Edit Guest List” page for each event. Maybe in the long run, this will help me identify folks who never express interest in my events and help me edit my Facebook lists (i.e. if someone continually says no, maybe it’s time to remove them from the guest list).
Even so, I still think the Hide feature will be sorely missed. I’ve adapted to other Facebook design changes but now this? I am registering my opposition to this change and urge Facebook to bring the checkbox back.
What do you think? Is the “Hide Not Attending” feature gone for good? How can we get Facebook to change its mind? How will you live without it?