Here Comes the Noise

The Facebook Open Stream API was announced on Monday.  I admire that they are making the stream accessible to mashups and the like, following in Twitter’s footsteps.

But with the ability for applications to publish to user’s streams I’m worried that there will be an explosion of Facebook stream updates from applications, adding even more information overload to the Facebook experience.  One of the things I like about Facebook is that it isn’t as noisy as Twitter (yet), but Facebook is trying really hard to become more and more Twitter-like (and less Facebook-like).  I expect this will excite a lot of developers and VCs but ultimately turn off a lot of users.

Personally, my favorite part of this new API is the ‘remove’ method.


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