Facebook Rolling Out Twitter-Like Update Tags
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Remember when Facebook rolled out the stream? You know, that status update feature that everyone took to mean stodgy old Facebook was copying trendy Twitter in all its real-time splendor?
Well, in that context, today's announcement makes a lot of sense.
Soon, Facebook users will be able to tag their friends in their status updates with the trusty "@" symbol, establishing the same sort of two-way conversation that helps cut through the noise on Twitter.
A momentary digression: Has anyone ever tweeted, er, Facebook status updated, his or her intention to grab coffee at "Starbucks Coffee Company"? Seems an awfully formal linguistic intrusion into the age of 140 characters or fewer.
It matters not.