Chicago (IL) – The winds of change are blowing across the Facebook website as the company attempts to make the site a place for individuals to discover real time information, much like Twitter. Twitter is a growing micro-blogging service that users rely on to constantly remain in contact with their friends. Facebook, after being shot down on their attempted purchase of Twitter last year, now wants to develop a constant, on demand service of their own.
On March 11, a user’s homepage will allow for the constant streaming of information which has been previously called the “news feed”. The page will include posts from friends — such as links, photos, videos, and status updates. There’s a preview of what the new homepage will look like.
In the past, Facebook automatically refreshed its pages once every 10 minutes, therefore a lag occurred between users and their friends if they weren’t actively using the website.
The continuous feed is not the only new addition. Users will now be able to filter the posts they receive so they can view only those items they’d like to see.
The Facebook Pages section of the site will also be updated. These are pages utilized by celebrities, musicians, and companies (such as TG Daily), which are provided for promotional purposes. In the past, those types of pages have been limited in their ability to update, but with new changes they will act much like regular profiles.
For all of the individuals who have complained about the inability to add more than 5,000 friends, Facebook has now removed the limit. Users can now add as many friends as they wish.
The new status update now asks users “What’s on your mind” rather than “What are you doing right now?” The status function will now allow for the addition of photos and videos.
These changes to Facebook will usher in a new marketing opportunity for companies, celebrities, and those utilizing social networking to build a following. With streaming updates, and more information deliverable on demand, Facebook could potentially become the next Twitter.