How Facebook Could Kill Twitter Overnight

Every week it seems like there’s another Twitter application that comes out that does analysis of all the tweets that have passed through the system. Whether it’s the countless leader boards, friend finding tools, or other tools such as those that spam your inbox with messages, there are TONS of applications. Facebook on the other hand, has provided developers with a way to access user information on a case by case basis. User’s must grant you access to their information before you can view their details.

While the company continues to experience phenomenal growth, there is little information that can be accessed with out a user’s permission. Right now a call to Facebook’s Users.getInfo API call will return the user’s name, regional networks, profile picture, and profile URL. The one thing that it doesn’t return is a user’s status update. Overnight if Facebook added status to this method, Twitter would be destroyed.