Facebook Steals Major Feature from Twitter – Reach Out and @Someone

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Microsoft isn’t the only company to be stealing things from rivals this week. And it appears that the data from your Facebook inbox isn’t the only thing that Facebook is mining. This week we discovered that Facebook has apparently cribbed Twitter’s famous @username protocol for getting someone’s attention.

Imagine our surprise to be typing on a friend’s wall, only to have this pop up before we could post our comment:


While Facebook has always allowed you to “tag” someone in a note, the use of @username to do so while typing a public comment on someone’s wall is distinctly Twitterish.

First allowing third parties to mine your Facebook inbox, now blatantly copying Twitter. Clearly Facebook hasn’t taken Google’s corporate mantra to heart.

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