At the very least, when changes like this occur, there should be ample warning and the ability to opt out, at least for a while. You know, like Google and others do: "Want to try our new beta version? Click here -- you can go back to the traditional view later."
But there's virtue in the status quo when the status quo works. Google's default main page today is almost identical to the Google main page from 10 years ago: simple, elegant, focused, functional. If you like, you can sign in and see more options, then clutter your main Google landing page up so much it makes Yvette's Bridal look like an exercise in minimalism (sorry if you clicked that). That choice is up to you.
In the end, Facebook's fumble transcends websites and even tech itself. It's al about knowing when to stop screwing around with something and let it ride. Add a few more brush strokes and you ruin the painting. Tighten that bolt too much and you snap off the head. An extremely valuable and often overlooked skill is knowing when to stop.
That's a lesson Facebook might need some help with. It simply can't continue to play fast and loose with an interface that's used by hundreds of millions of people. Eventually it will tighten that bolt just enough and break the whole thing.
This story, "Facebook needs to learn when to stop screwing with things," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Read more of Paul Venezia's The Deep End blog at InfoWorld.com. For the latest business technology news, follow InfoWorld.com on Twitter.