Facebook has introduced a new public profiles for celebrities and organizations in a redesigned Homepage. According to a post on Facebook Official Blog, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO - explained that the changes were necessary as the need to find relevant and recent information has grown. However, the move is seen by many as an attempt to compete with the real-time messaging offered by Twitter.
"The new home page will let you see everything that's shared by your friends and connections as it happens," Zuckerberg explained. Also noted are changes in the grammatical restructuring of Facebook status messages. Previously, Facebook user status messages had to begin with the user's name. Users had no choice but to make themselves the subject of their messages, a stricture that contributed to the site's association with frivolous activities.
Unlike Twitter, users can follow what other Twitter users say without forcing the followed person to reciprocate. Whereas, FaceBook still imposes a two-way friendship model, where both parties need to agree to be friends.
The revised Facebook Pages, offers public profiles designed for famous people and organizations, making them more like individual profiles, with a comment Wall and status updates. Among the public figures with Facebook Pages are U.S. President Barack Obama, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, singer Britney Spears, and cyclist Lance Armstrong.
The redesigned Facebook is billed for launch next week, albeit, the preview has been made available.
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