Like Bill Maher and Twitter, Facebook thinks it needs to move its big tent to a real-time format! Facebook will renovate its News Feed and Search capabilities to real-time format, just as soon as they finish beta testing. Not to be outdone by the Fail Whale, Facebook is launching new real-time search functionality that will allow members the opportunity to search for links, news updates, photos and videos of registered users, and get those results in real time.
Allowing a test group to see new layouts for search results, Facebook is moving into the search engine business to provide moment-by-moment status updates, posted links and notes in "Search" from people who have chosen to make their profile and content available to everyone.
Kari LeeAccording to Kari Lee, an apparent engineer for Facebook, she notes on the Facebook blog page her interest in the test group researching the protests in Iran. Coming off of the heels of Twitter entering the world stage as the unofficial "Iranian breaking news' organization, it appears that Facebook feels it has been overshadowed by the microblogging service:
Also telling is the fact the Obama administration called Jack Dorsey to halt maintenance on the Twitter site recently so more Iranian protest updates could filter into the Twitterstream search feed. In so doing, the President's endorsement of Twitter couldn't have sat well with Mark Zuckerberg, who by virtue of his company's size (100 million users to Twitter's 32 million) should have warranted more attention.
- I'm interested in the latest updates on the aftermath of the Iranian election. By entering the term "Iran" in the "Search" field in the upper-right corner of any page on Facebook, I will see up-to-the-minute results from my friends and the Facebook Pages of which I'm a fan, not to mention people who have chosen to make their profile and content available to everyone. I'm able to discover what blogs and news sources my friends are following, what my friends are saying about President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and opposition candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi, and how people in general are reacting to the election results.
All in all, one could assume the "Twitter Revolution" was a little too much press coverage for Facebook to bear. Taking a back seat is just not FB's style. Question is did the train already leave the station and has Facebook's ticket-to-ride expired? Because at this point, it appears that the tail is wagging the Facebook dog...versus the other way around.
What do you think? Do you think Facebook was overshadowed by what played out in the Iranian protests, and are their attempts for a real-time search engine an attempt to share some of Twitter's spotlight?