For all the recent hullabaloo about Facebook removing the “is” from a person’s status updates, the fact of the matter is that the “is” is Facebook’s most useful feature. (You’re still with me, right? And just to be crystal clear, the issue is on removing the word “is” rather than the status update box.)
While you may skim through all stories posted, who’s become friends with who, who has joined a group or left a group, who has written what on someone’s wall, etc., what most people do check out is your status update. As a result, it’s can be a very effective space to communicate what you’re doing, what you need/want, etc. You need help finding a new office? Put something in your status updates. Need to hire someone? Put it your status updates.
So, stop fooling with all those time-wasting applications (other than PlanetEye’s My City). What you really need to do is focus on your status updates because it’s very valuable real estate.
Questions: What the appeal about writing on someone’s wall. I mean, it’s a message that can be seen by everyone’s friends so it’s not like anyone is going to say anything worth reading. And can anyone explain the function of Facebook Groups? What do you get for joining one other a notice to everyone that you’ve joined one, and eventually that you’ve left one?
Update: TechCrunch has a few posts on Facebook today, including one on whether Facebook is censoring search.
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