Facebook makes status updates available to the public

I am not one of those people who thinks Facebook is trying to be more like Twitter. They actually had status updates before Twitter, but they were never as public or simple as Twitter. Today, they take a step into the open statusphere by letting you publish your status updates to the public.

I am not one of those people who thinks Facebook is trying to be more like Twitter. They actually had status updates before Twitter, but they were never as public or simple as Twitter. Today, they take a step into the open statusphere by letting you publish your status updates to the public. (Techmeme)

"You are about to make this content available to everyone on the Internet"

This is definitely a cool feature, but now users won't have to login to see someone's status updates anymore. Isn't that a bad thing for targeted ad revenue?

Also, it just prompted me to verify that I wanted my updates public but when I logout and goto my profile, I don't see any status updates. Maybe it's still being deployed, but I am kinda confused.

One thing is for sure though: Facebook has a lot of power using a "publisher" tool that's public. With over 200 million users and counting every second, their userbase is way past Twitter's. It also seems people trust Facebook more than Twitter, but that's just what I've seen among people I interact with.

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