Facebook has tonight made a number of changes to their platform, the most exciting of which is the making public of status updates. This update therefore means users do not need to be logged in to view user statuses (assuming the user has decided to make their updates public).
The blog post announced:
…your applications can now directly access all of a user’s status, links, and notes via new methods and FQL calls. Your application will have access to any status, notes, or links from the active user or their friends that are currently visible to the active user.
In addition, Facebook are opening up new API’s to allow applications to post links, create notes and/or upload videos. In no time, expect to see a rush of Twitter like tools and applications, likely more feature rich, to launch catering specifically to this update.
Personally I do not believe this will be the death of Twitter but it may mean a halt to Twitter’s dreams of becoming the “mainstream” tool we’ve all begun to expect.
What do you think?