Facebook has made it easier to set a user’s status. Get ready for streaming Facebook status tools galore. Just over one month ago I suggested that opening up that status API would be the first step toward Facebook killing Twitter. Now we will see if this really has as large of an effect as I claimed it would.
I’d hesitate to call this a step towards ‘killing Twitter’. Fundamentally, Facebook and Twitter enable ideologically opposed connections: mutual-friendship, or one-way pick-your-peers. Unless you suspect that the majority of connections on Twitter are mutual, Facebook’s open status will not make a dent in Twitter.
Facebook’s power is derived from mapping real world relationships, whereas Twitter’s value is enabling loose connections across interesting strangers.