Facebook Turns to Real Time Web Interactivity

By Partho, Gaea News Network
Thursday, March 5, 2009

After it’s failed attempts to acquire Twitter, Facebook has come up with new strategies. It has incurred a number of changes to the homepage/newsfeed. The top-drawer being the removal of distinction between profile and public pages.  Facebook has been a patron in more interactive web. With Twitter emerging into the scene the focus has shifted to real-time web. What pricks Facebook most is that real-time web is fast growing as the next step of Internet evolution. The new Facebook upgrades would be the first step towards competing Twitter in real-time web experience.

I came across two solid features that seems Facebook’s attempt to overwhelm Twitter

Facebook’s New Status Prompt

Facebook has changed the status from prompt from “What are you doing right now?” to “What’s on your mind?” That makes it clear Facebook wants real time interaction. For Twitter it goes like this - “What are you doing?”

Facebook to allow unlimited friends

Again almost imitating Twitter, Facebook announced that there’ll no longer be a limit to the number of friends you can have, which was previously limited at 5,000. Now, there won’t be Facebook pages, instead there will be profiles.Earlier Facebook  classified users as fans and this hampered the level of interaction.

Although it’s too early to announce a war between the two social-networking -giants, still its evident that Facebook is going Twitter-way for a better real time web experience.

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