Every Tuesday, new changes are rolled out on Facebook, and last Thursday’s F8 Conference introduced big changes to further its mission of making the world more connected.  Mark Zuckerberg did not disappoint at this year’s conference, shedding light on his reasons behind some of the changes.

Let’s face it—whenever Facebook changes its format, people complain until they get used to it and start to embrace the changes.  But does more always mean better? Part of the power of social media is that the user has the power of curation and can choose what to share, giving further value to the content. If everything that Facebook users glance at is automatically shared, it lessens the value of the information available. Making the choice to share something is more meaningful than having it automatically shared. Even though Zuckerberg explained that users will maintain the authority to make other actions more important in Timeline, what is the point of the Ticker if it only captures less interesting updates?

One of the more controversial changes made to Facebook is the use of “frictionless” sharing.  Everything you do on Facebook apps will be visible, either in the news feed or in the seemingly superfluous Ticker.  Zuckerberg thinks that this will enable people to be more connected.  If you listen to something on Spotify, it will show up in the Ticker, at the top right of the screen, and everyone will see what you’re listening to and when you’re listening to it.  Do we really need, or do we even want to know what our friends are doing on a real-time basis, as trivial as what song they are listening to?  Do we really want all this transparency, or as Zuckerberg put it, do you “get closer to your authentic identity when you share everything”?  Only time will tell how people respond to this.  It could be embraced, or it could prove to be a nuisance in this world of already excessive information overload.

The current layout of Facebook is going to be replaced by a layout that is more extensive and detailed, best exemplified in the new feature, Timeline.  Timeline organizes everything that you have done on Facebook and makes it easy to see what was going on at any point in your life.   This change to Facebook sounds fairly interesting, and sounds like it will cause people to spend even more time on their profile going through old photos and statuses. Zuckerberg harped on the point that we will now be able to more fully express our authentic selves, but does more sharing necessarily equate to more authenticity? Maybe Facebook is great because you can be the person that you want to be—popular, witty, attractive, or a world traveler—or seem to be.

If Facebook’s mission is to make the world more connected, than these new changes are steps in the right direction. But most people use Facebook to build deeper connections and conversations with the people already in their lives, not to create new connections with people they don’t know.