Facebook’s New APIs Should Not Be Compared To Twitter

Posted Feb 7, 2009

Facebook is encouraging people to create more applications by opening up several new APIs.  The new APIs will include the status messages, notes, links, videos, posted items, etc.  These APIs are available now to complement the API that is already available for uploading and viewing Facebook photos.  The social network company wanted to provide this in order to make the most of 15 million users updating their status each day and sharing over 24 million links per month.

Applications will now have direct access to a user’s status, links, notes, videos, etc. through the use of FQL calls.  The Facebook Developers team said that they are excited to see what people come up with and gave an example of a travel application.  The travel application could have it so that users share notes, photos, and videos from a recent trip.  After that users could display this content on a profile tab for the application.

All Facebook claims that this will do some damage to Twitter’s market share.  I wholeheartedly disagree.  Comparing Facebook and Twitter doesn’t make sense at all.   Most people that add each other as friends on Facebook actually know each other.  On Twitter, it doesn’t matter if you are a celebrity, a doctor, a VC, a lawyer, a hair stylist, a college kid, or a wine enthusiast.  Everyone just adds people that they find interesting on Twitter.  This is what makes Twitter a bit more interesting and suspenseful than Facebook.

What are your thoughts Facebook users and Twidiots? Techmeme has some good references about the subject right now too.