Facebook redesigned yet again. The main change is moving the menus around, so that their applications (photos, notes, groups, events, and items) are on the left sidebar, while their content-areas (friends, networks, inbox) have drop-down menus on the top. This is confusing:
They’ve enhanced their status updates pages to directly compete with Twitter, allowing you to subscribe to friends’ status update via sms:
You can see them all beautifully arranged on a single page, subscribe to an RSS feed of status updates, and pick whose you want to get Twitter-style SMS’d. This is a big deal because it obsoletes almost all of Twitter’s functionality and makes Facebook’s acquisition price rise that much more. Who’s going to buy / use Twitter when millions of facebook users already have the observer pattern via SMS integrated into their favorite social site?
Note that there are some intermittent problems with the new Facebook, such as:
- Random but transient deletion of some user accounts
- A bizarre error message in the messages interface, which reads “Your messages are being reindexed and may not appear for awhile. Please come back in a few hours.”
- The death of the facebook guy, our best friend of old
Update: Mashable has just noticed that Facebook just pwnd Twitter.
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