There’s been a lot talk about Facebook trying to copy Twitter lately with the new public profiles, instant updates and interface changes, but after taking a closer look, it’s seems that Facebook is copying Friendfeed more than Twitter. For example, over the past few weeks Facebook has added “friendfeed-ish” like features such as:
1. “comment” and “like” to status updates
2. group friend lists
3. social network content feeds into status updates.
It’s easy to compare Facebook to Twitter because of live status updates but Friendfeed has that too with its real-time updates. Overall, I think Facebook is trying to make changes to keep users on Facebook.com, which is smart for them. They see how others are using twitter plus Friendfeed and see the opportunity to add a wider variety of user-controlled features to fit the need of the super geek like a Robert Scoble to people like my mom (@gwensutton) who is new to social networking.
But everyone is not happy about the changes and don’t see the value of adding the features. They want to use Facebook to stay in contact just with their personal friends and family. Nevertheless I asked the question on twitter “A lot of people are talking about Facebook vs Twitter but to me Facebook is getting more like Friendfeeed …. your thoughts? and here is what a few tweeple had to say.
How are you using Facebook?