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Facebook will let you "clear" your status.
Once you do, you can't get it back.
I cleared my status, thinking at the time, "I wonder what this link does?"
Now I am statusless.
It's been replaced with "What's On Your Mind?", which let's face it is not the same as "status", it's just a vanilla wall post on the endless wall that was once your friend feed.
Is the facebook "status" a thing of the past? Are they bowing out of that game, leaving the conch firmly in the hands of its evil twin, Twitter?
Or does the status live on and I'm merely the victim of some horrible GUI interface design where the status update is buried in some box on a canvas page ten clicks from nowhere?
Status, status, wherefore art thou, status?
They just added you to the API, like, YESTERDAY, and already you're extinct?
Where Facebook users used to be asked what they were doing, prompted with their name followed by a space to finish the sentence, now there's a question: "What's on your mind?"
And the "stream" below is a collection of what others in your network have on their minds. Kind of like Twitter.
ADDED: Google facebook status for the article. It's currently the first result. :)
[edited by: GaryK at 2:26 am (utc) on Mar. 19, 2009]
As for being like Twitter, it's clear that instant audience is the goal for 2010.
But this new layout for the home page is just not doing it for me at all. It used look quite interesting, almost news like with bold large photos within your home page making an interest browse, now it just looks like a database entry list of too much the same, cant be bothered to read past the first few entries.
I'm sure these new changes will be reflected badly in their user stats.