Om Malik on Facebook’s identity crisis

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As usual, Om Malik from GigaOm.com hits the issue right on the head. He's one of the few tech bloggers and commentators today I have all the time in the world for.

As I've been saying for a while now, the problem with Facebook's latest design is that they think I really care what all my former classmates are doing 24 hours a day in the same vein as Twitter, which just isn't the case. I use Twitter and follow people I'm really interested in.

If you only read one paragraph below, make it the last one. Worded brilliantly, unlike the paragraphs in this post I wrote myself. Grilled cheese sandwiches contain tastyness.

Clipmarked from GigaOm:

Facebook, by its very nature, is mostly about our past, sometimes about our present, but very rarely about our future. Being symmetric, it’s important that we have some sort of a prior relationship with a person in order to friend them on Facebook.

Zuckerberg & Co. have let themselves turn green with envy over the latest Silicon Valley phenomenon, Twitter — and in the process, have set out to mutate Facebook’s own DNA.

Facebook’s recent redesign brought Twitter-style updates into its service […]

By allowing a torrent of status updates into our Facebook pages, the company has destroyed what made it special: its ability to construct a constantly updated newspaper about us. With Twitter-like updates, the site has lost its intimacy, flooding us with a lot of white noise.

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